While sourcing art is often one of the last steps in the design process, it goes without saying that art can considerably change both the aesthetics and feel of your interiors. Art can set the mood, create atmosphere and most importantly serve as a means to inject personality into space.
While buying art can be viewed as an investment when buying for your home you should focus solely on buying with your heart. Rather than concentrating on how an artwork matches the style of your house focus instead on how it makes you feel. Often there is something subliminal in an artwork that catches your eye, if the artwork inspires you it will no doubt enhance the atmosphere of your space and the people within it. Primarily an artwork will speak to you through its’ subject matter and colouring. Bold colours will bring vibrancy and energy to your space, while more subdued subtle colours create a more reflective tone.
Similarly it’s important to consider surroundings when displaying art. Don’t be afraid to mix it up, a subtle watercolour painting in a mostly minimalist industrial space can do wonders in softening the space, while juxtaposing a contemporary abstract piece into a more traditional setting can make for an motivating contrast.
With that in mind it’s important to consider this when choosing where to display artwork within your home. Art that is more energetic and brightly coloured works well in entry spaces to give guests a vibrant welcome, while more quiet pieces might be better displayed in a sitting room or library space where you plan to relax. Remember that you need to live with the piece and you should feel comfortable with how it makes you feel.
When it comes time to hang your art the most important thing to consider is how you use the space. While generally art should be hung at eye level, if you are displaying art in a dining room remember that you will predominately be seated when using this space so your pieces should be displayed at a slightly lower level. Consider the way other elements within your space will interact for cues on scale, if placing art above a fireplace the piece should be of a similar scale and size so that each component of the space is complementary. If you don’t have any large pieces consider grouping a few smaller works to create more impact. Likewise don’t feel limited once you have run out of wall space, as art can look fabulous lined up and displayed leant up against furniture.