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How to choose artwork for your home

How to choose artwork for your home?

Written by: 1 For Art

If you’re thinking about buying art for your home it can feel like a daunting task, but in reality, it shouldn’t. 

When you look to choose artwork, it should be a fun and enjoyable task, with a little thought and knowhow you will find that perfect piece for your home in no time at all.

Create spaces in your home that you love and feel comfortable in, by selecting the perfect piece for you and your family. 

It doesn’t matter whether you live in an old country manor, a converted loft apartment or a small bungalow. There is art that will suit every home and to suit all tastes and budgets.

Finding and buying artwork is personal to your tastes

One of the first things you need to understand is that art is a very personal thing. The artwork that your best friend has in their home, they may love, however you may hate!

Having confidence in your own tastes is a great first step, after all it’s your home and you choose the furnishings in it. 

Look on an artwork as interior decoration and with a little research you should be able to find the perfect work of art for your home.

When you choose artwork for your home there are a few questions you can ask yourself, such as:

  • Which room will the artwork be positioned in?
  • Do you want a painting that is hung on the wall or a free-standing sculpture?
  • What colours will complement the room the art will be situated in?
  • What types of artwork appeals to you such as oils, acrylics, giclee etc?
  • Consider which subjects will work for you, do you like landscapes, abstract, flowers or still life etc? 
  • How much are you prepared to spend?

A final element to remember is that although art is personal, remember that when you choose artwork, others in your household will have to look at it too.

Involve the family, getting the kids to help you is not only a fun thing to do, but hopefully it will inspire them to love art too!

A quick word of warning, if you do involve the kids or grandkids, remember to use websites that are family friendly like 1 For Art. Some websites will depict nudity or graphic images that won’t be suitable, especially for younger children. 

Check the website prior to introducing it to minors!

A wall sculpture by Anna Sidi Yacoub

Choose artwork suitable for the space

Equally important to where the art is going, is to consider the size of the space.

If you have a big room with lots of empty space to fill, then bigger artwork may be more suitable and won’t look ‘out of place’. 

Likewise, you could also consider using one wall in a large room as your own private gallery, selecting many pieces of artwork that work well together and that you love. 

In a similar way, if you have a small space such as a cloakroom, it may be better to choose artwork that is smaller, otherwise it may dominate the room and just look wrong. 

However, like we mentioned before, it’s your home, your artwork and whatever works for you and your family is just perfect!

All these factors should be considered before you buy a piece of artwork.

TOP tip: If you want to highlight an area, place the art above the featured space. Or for an impressive backdrop place an artwork to the side of a sitting area.

Selecting artwork for a dining area

One of the most common features of modern homes is the open plan living room with a dining area. This area can be treated as a separate space giving a different feel to this part of the room.

Dining room wall art is slightly lower, to enjoy looking at it most while you are sitting down. Wall art that showcases food in the dining room might sound a bit old-fashioned, but it works well every single time. Bring it up to date with a contemporary piece like this.

Remember that a dining area is a family area where you will sit down to eat with your family or do tasks like homework. As such, select artwork that you find relaxing, not jarring or too provocative as it ideally should be a place of peace.

Still Life Apples and Oranges by Steven Conroy

WHAT ARTWORK WOULD WORK WELL IN A BEDROOM?

The Bedroom is the perfect area of your home to let your creativity run wild. 

Use this space to highlight your individual personality through different arrangements and layouts. 

You perhaps could feature a painting above a space to focus the eye on that area. 

Adding a moody piece of wall art above a chest of drawers or small table is an excellent way to bring drama to a space.

A Matter of Perspective by Isabelle Amante

SHOULD ARTWORK BE PLACED IN A BATHROOM OR KITCHEN?

Of course it should!

However, when you choose artwork for a bathroom or kitchen, you should consider what type of art would work best. 

These areas are more prone to be damper environments, cooking, bathing and showering make them have higher air moisture content.

Knowing this, it’s probably best to select art that won’t be affected by it such as acrylic wall art or art that is on glass.

BUY THE RIGHT ART FOR LOUNGES AND HALLWAYS 

These spaces within your home are usually the highest traffic areas, especially hallways. 

Consider where you place your artwork carefully. 

For instance, if you have kids that are always rushing about to get out of the door, grabbing bags and coats then try to ensure the art won’t be in a place that could get damaged. 

Likewise, in a lounge, place artwork where you feel it will look at its absolute best but also in a safe area. 

If for example you get sun shining through your windows all day on a certain wall, then placing a really expensive oil isn’t probably the best place. 

Direct sunlight can bleach the colours of the art, choose a more ideal spot.

Handmade prints by Mariann Johansen Ellis & Dianne Murphy with a black and white photograph by Alex Cassels and a digital print by Peter Walters make for a pleasing combination

WORKSPACE

Don’t forget to add a bit of colour to your home workspace. A few prints maybe all you need to brighten your spirits.

LOVE YOUR ART THE WAY YOU WANT

Art is something that should be enjoyed by all. Whether you have a really tight budget, a large home, prefer sculpture or want a small piece to brighten up a room, it doesn’t matter. 

Art is as individual as you are, choose the artwork that you love and will admire for years to come.