5 easy tips on how to choose the right wall art for any room in your home.
When it comes to come decor, wall art is that finishing element that pulls any space together and makes it feel complete. It’s the icing on the cake and takes your home simply looking functional to creating a space that feels homey and inviting.
Unless you’re a designer or interior decorator, chances are knowing how to choose wall art for your home does not come very naturally. I remember when we bought our first home, both me and our husband had a hard time deciding how to decorate our bare walls.
Choosing wall art can be downright intimidating. You may be worried about choosing the right size or colors to fit your space. And unlike choosing furniture that has many practical aspects, choosing artwork is much more personal. And may even be the most challenging part of tying a room together.
But as it turns out, choosing art work is much more intuitive than you might think if follow a few simple rules. So to help guide you, I’ve teamed up with Fine Art America to help find the right pieces of wall art that fit your style and your space.
5 Tips on How to Choose Wall Art for Your Home
1. Consider which room you’re decorating
Picking artwork for your bedroom is very different than picking artwork for your office. In addition to selecting pieces that complement the room’s size and aesthetic, you want to consider the functionality of the room
From the kitchen to the bathroom, here are some tips to pick the art for every room in your home.
- Choosing wall art for the bedroom – The bedroom is a retreat, a place for relaxation and the artwork should reflect that. The best walls for artwork in the bedroom are directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed.
- Choosing wall art for the office – Whether you work from home or in an office, art is a great way to personalize your space and keep you inspired. Pick pieces that boosts your creativity and productivity.
- Choosing wall art for the living room – The most fun room to decorate with wall art. This room is a good place to showcase one large-scale piece or a large gallery wall.
- Choosing wall art for the bathroom – The bathroom is a room that often gets neglected when it comes to wall art. Smaller pieces of art work well in the bathroom, and looks great in pairs. Either a set of two either stacked or side by side are great options.
2. Consider how much wall space you have
This next tip is a practical one. When choosing wall art for your home you’ll need to determine what kind of real estate you have. And if you want to get the sizing just right, using a measuring tape and doing a little planning is a must!
There are some general sizing rules to think about:
- Large artwork pieces should not be more than two-thirds longer than your sofa.
- Wall art should be at least 15 centimetres above the edge of your furniture.
- A small piece of art can’t fill a big space. So try grouping small pieces together. Choose a theme or use artwork by the same artist complement each other well.
- Consider the height of ceilings when choosing size. Be sure it fills the space in length and width.
If you have a larger wall to fill, you can get a large statement piece to anchor your space. These pieces have the potential to make a really big impact on your space!
If you have a smaller space, you can consider smaller pieces that are part of a set, or create a themed gallery wall.
Either way, Fine Art America has wall art that’s customizable in sizing so you can find the pieces that are right for your space, whether that’s a large focal piece or smaller parts of a wall gallery.
3. Consider your existing decor
Before purchasing new wall art for a specific space, take stock of what decor and furniture you already have in there.
For a mostly neutral room, rich or colorful art could be great to infuse. Or, if you already have plenty of color, texture, and pattern, look for simpler, more subdued art pieces.
Either way, consider the current look of furniture and decor to choose pieces that will complement the color scheme or style of your home.
4. Deciding on style
Once you make your decisions based on what you like after applying specific parameters like size or colour scheme you can think about style.
A great trick is to think a fashion designer or brands you like and mimic your home based on the style of that designer’s clothing. Is your home more of a Ralph Lauren or Chanel?
Or if you have a theme in mind, you can also go in that direction as well. Maybe you’d like to have a country cottage style home, or something more contemporary, Choose wall art that reflects that your desired mood and theme.
To help you get inspired, Fine Art American has curated collections by style to help you identify themes that you’re naturally drawn to. Go bold and mix styles or stick to the genre that feels right to you. To make it even simpler, consider art that’s part of the same collection to pull your home together.
5. What types of pieces to select for your home
If you’re still unsure for the types of artwork you want to have home. Here’s a quick guide to some pieces you might want to consider.
Try to find an artwork piece for each of the following categories:
- Invest in at least one significant or oversized piece you’d love to see for years to come.
- Purchase a set, a trio, and even a group of mini or small pieces. These go great above windows or on short walls, or hallways.
- Use frames to emphasize your style whether it is through matching or mismatched ones.
- Mix materials by adding wooden art or a metal sign to space.
- Add a sign with words, but no more than two or three that you can switch out.
There is no a set formula for choosing the right wall art for your home, so enjoy the process of trying something new in your space!
The beautiful thing about art is that it’s a reflection of how personal and individual telling the story of your home is. It exists to remind us where we’ve been, what we love, and it reflects the beauty we are drawn to.
There’s really no right or wrong as long as you love your space and it brings you sense of joy and meaning to your home.
Make sure you check out Fine Art America if you’re looking to redecorate your home. They have museum-quality wall art in all sizes and types including canvas prints, posters, tapestries, and art prints, all with a money-back guarantee. So you can find something that’s just right for your home.
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