How to Select Art

The decorating process can be a lengthy one. After countless decisions on everything from wall colour to furniture pieces, drapes to lamps, often times you find that there is still something missing. Your walls are bare. The missing piece? Art.
Art adds to or creates a mood for a room. The first step is easy: select the art you love. Forget about trendy. If it speaks to you, use it. Still life’s, landscapes, photography, portraits… anything can comprise an artistic moment.
Both the subject and the colours used in artwork can greatly influence the overall feeling in your room. Yellows, oranges, and other bright colours can brighten a room, adding energy and cheer to an otherwise solemn décor. Blues, greens, and artwork featuring landscapes or seascapes tend to have a calming effect.

Selecting the perfect piece of art to complete your room can be intimidating. You may question your own art education, or are hesitant to invest a large amount of money in an original piece of art. But you know what you like when you see it, and have a definite opinion about what appeals to you.

First and foremost, it is important to remember that when you’re selecting art, you’re actually selecting a form of expression that is an extension of yourself. While browsing through art, there may be a particular image that catches your eye. You may not even know why. But if something has grabbed your attention in the first place, this is a good indication that you may have already found the piece for your home. The artist, the genre, the style, the medium, are all secondary in importance to your individuality and your style. You know what you like. Trust your judgment.
But in addition, there are a few other things you want to keep in mind that may help you select artwork for your home.
Be aware of the space you are working with. Large paintings can overwhelm small rooms. Conversely, small art can get lost in rooms that are considerably spacious or cluttered with other home accessories. Narrow your search to pieces that are in a particular size range (S, M, or L) that corresponds with your space. This not only helps in the selection process, but also assures appropriate sizing for your decorating needs.

Think about the type of room you’re decorating, and pick the subject or theme of the artwork accordingly.
For example, you might consider hanging sports art in a game room. Sunny breakfast nooks look great with bright floral. Culinary art featuring fruits and vegetables are charming in their natural home: the kitchen.
Finally, keep in mind the overall décor of your room, and select art accordingly. For example, if you have a Victorian living room it would be better to hang say, a floral piece, than something abstract and modern.

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How to Select Art

Eraclis Aristidou

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