Choosing artwork for your home is an important step that will set the tone for the whole interior and atmosphere of your living space. Beautiful artwork can create a specific mood and composition, setting up a finishing touch of your house design. In this article, we want to share our experience on how to choose artwork for particular rooms in your house or apartment.
Living room artwork can become a unique source of light and a positive mindset that will inspire you every day. There are several aspects you have to consider when choosing artwork for your living room:
Have you ever thought about what atmosphere you want to create for your space? Will it be a dramatic or harmonious aura, or maybe something tricky? The artwork’s various palettes can transform your room: it can either match, contrast or redefine the tones. There are endless bespoke combinations that can make a place unique. If you are not able and don’t feel the colors, you can always opt for professionals to help you or visit galleries or research online.
It is very important to keep the artwork away from natural light, as this can cause colors’ fade over time. If you have a bright room consider prints that are less expensive and less likely to fade.
There is one thing that really needs to be kept in mind when selecting wall art - it is the size of both the piece itself and the space you've got available. You want to hang a beautiful painting, but if the size is incorrect it will throw off the balance for the whole room.
Even if you’re going to decorate an entire room with multiple pieces of art, size is still crucial. Experts advise starting with the larger pieces and then working on the smaller ones.
For example, if you like large statement artworks it is your first step. It can be hung above your sofa, as it will be the first thing that people see. To help you better understand the scale, here are a few common artwork sizes to consider:
- Oversized: 1 meter or larger in length. This kind of artwork looks perfect when placed above a big piece of furniture.
- Large: Frame between 80 and 100 centimeters in length.
- Medium: Medium-sized wall art is approximately 60 to 80 centimeters in length.
- Small: Small frames are typically 45 to 60 centimeters long, and are perfect for grouping together, gallery wall style!
- Mini: Finally, mini frames! Sized between 25 and 45 centimeters in length.
- Pictures shouldn’t be more than two-thirds longer than your sofa.
- Wall art should be kept 15 centimeters above the edge of your furniture.
- Group small pieces of art together. These can be works by the same artist or in the same color scheme.
The theme of your home can lead to the artworks you will choose for your living room. For instance, a coastal home won’t suit bright, contemporary abstract artwork, but instead, prefers light, neutral or whitewashed elements with touches of cool hues like blue and green.
Just remember that Art has no limits and there is no 'right art' for a home – it is down to your personal preferences and taste. After all, you will be seeing it and living with it. However, if you want a piece of art that makes a great couple with your home, consider pieces that reflect the age of your home, the style, and colors you use in your rooms.