Choosing art for the home is, well, an art. As an interior stylist, here are some tried and true methods to satisfy a range of tastes, all under the same roof.
STEP ONE: Stand back and gauge your surroundings. A large space with high ceilings is best suited to two options: one huge artwork, or a collection of smaller ones. If opting for a gallery wall, choose pieces with something in common: matching frames, or an accent colour.
STEP TWO: Consider what will share the space. When mounting a canvas over a fireplace, pick something that echoes the scale of the firebox. If the art will hang over a piece of furniture like a sofa, your canvas should be about 75% of the width of the furnishing. This brings balance to space.
STEP THREE: Your art’s subject matter is where people can get in trouble. In common areas, opt for neutral pieces. This means nudes; no religious or politically themed pieces; no family photos.
STEP FOUR: As a designer, I use colour to make an impact in my designed spaces. Colour repetition is a powerful way to create a cohesive look. Choose a piece that you love, and let its colours inspire your paint, upholstery, pillows, rugs, and other decor elements. This sends a message that the artwork belongs to the room.
STEP FIVE: Last but not least, practice restraint. Don’t fill every wall. Negative space gives the eye a place to rest, is calming, and makes the art more impactful.
Art has a way of increasing anticipation, inspiring interest, and bringing you back for more. Choose carefully and follow these tips, and your art with be a cherished part of your home, everyday.
BY RED BARRINUEVO