Greer Tappert, our Brand & Marketing Manager is also an Artist. Here’s some of her own tips which may help you choose the right artwork for your home.
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Choosing the right piece of art doesn’t need to be over complicated nor does it necessarily ‘have’ to be an expensive piece that you ‘must’ be in love with. Art for your room or space is only one of many elements you need to consider, therefore each element should have equal attention to ensure the entire room works together and the elements compliment each other.
In saying this, it’s also not unusual for someone to fall in love with a piece of art which they can’t walk away from. They don’t care how much they pay for it, they must have it and they’ll make room for it – but that’s for another article, as at end of the day, you can always make room for those special pieces.
Back to choosing your art - regardless of whether it’s a bedroom, office, sitting room or living space, there are 4 things you should consider when choosing the artwork.
1. What’s the Style?
One of the first considerations is the style – what is the style of your room? For example,
the style of your room may be Coastal or Hampton which would have palettes of cool, neutral shades, lots of white with blues and greys, maybe a hint of green or mint. The inspiration is seaside or beachy, typically with painted white timber, large windows, plush white lounges or bed coverings. As for a piece of art, you wouldn’t put classic pink or red roses with deep dark colours mounted in a gold frame – this would be better suited to a classic or French style room. The same as you wouldn’t put an ocean or nautical piece of artwork in a mid-modern century style room.
If the room is light with clean lines and simplistic styling, choose artwork which compliments this style, displaying similar characteristics – it will provide a nice balance within the room.
1. Is the Art about making a statement?
Is the piece of artwork going make a statement in your room or become the focal point, or is another piece of furniture or fixture/fitting going to own that? And this doesn’t mean that if you choose your artwork to be the statement piece, that it necessarily needs to be big, bold, and stand out like you-know-what’s! It just means that you can look for something that fits the style, and at the same time, it boasts some elements of boldness in either colour, subject size or even actual size.
Using the Hampton style room again as an example, imagine the room in white’s, light greys and pale blues, some blue and white stripes on the cushions. Now picture a large 1m x 2m piece of artwork on that white wall, with large fish swimming in water - oranges, reds and shades of blues across the water and shadowing. The theme fits the style, the colours fit the existing decor whilst the size of the artwork as well as the fish in the brighter colours, make it a statement.
1. Size does matter
When it comes to choosing art for that special room, size matters. There’s nothing worse than walking into a room and the piece of art is so small that it’s completely lost. The same goes for an over-sized piece in a small space – that’s overwhelming.
If you have large walls, you can be sure that a larger piece will work well providing it suits the style of the room. You may even want to consider two medium size pieces or 3 smaller pieces. Overall however, the one piece or combined pieces can afford to take up at least a third of that wall space.
1. Frame or not frame?
Some Artists work is created to be on the canvas with no frame. You will know this if you see the artwork wrapped or continuing around the edges. This doesn’t mean however that you can’t have that piece framed. Typically, a more relaxed and casual room can easily wear artwork on canvas with no frame. A fame does provide a slightly more sophisticated look to not only the artwork but also the room. The more formal a room is, and the more classical it is, you would most likely be looking for a piece of art within a frame and even potentially behind glass.
Now, behind glass or not? In my opinion, glass can add another level of sophistication but not all the time. If the artwork needs to be well protected, then it makes sense to ensure it is behind glass, however, keep in mind the lighting in your room. If there is a lot of natural light projecting onto the wall where the art will hang, you will struggle to make sense of the art because of the reflection. This then defeats the purpose of the artwork all together.
There are other things to consider such as your budget and how much you should spend on art, how much art is too much in a room, or whether or not to commission an Artist to create a unique piece for you, but that’s for next time. I hope this article gives you a starting point.
If you have any questions about how to choose the right piece of art, or you’re looking for something unique for your home, you can visit Greer’s website: www.greercandothat.com or facebook page: @greercandothat