Buying art for your home is exciting – it’s a way to make your space feel more like yours and inject some of your own personality into your home. Your home is uniquely yours, so it makes sense to make it more comfortable with unique artwork. It’s a great way to express yourself. The art in your home sets a tone – it can make a space feel inviting, warmer, and inspiring.
When you’re choosing art for different rooms in your home, each room presents its own unique set of considerations and design standards. We’re breaking down the best ways to choose art for every room.
But before we start, there’s one important to remember: at the end of the day, buy what you like! When shopping for original artwork for your home, select art pieces that bring you joy and have fun with it.
The Key Three
There are three key elements to choosing art for your space and they are style, size and colour.
Style: Of course, style is important as you want it to match the feel of the room as well as reflect your own personal style. Different styles may be more suitable for different spaces.
Size: When it comes to size, it’s important to consider where you will hang your original art. Too large and it can be distracting or overwhelming, too small and it can lose its impact. It’s important to always give the eye a place to rest.
Colour: Colour is also an important element when it comes to choosing art for your home. Different rooms may require a different approach to colour, and it’s important to keep your wall colour in mind.
Choosing Art for Your Living Room
The living room is a place for gathering and socialising. Pieces here can be more expressive and fun. Think large abstracts or colourful works! You can really play with fun pieces in this room and express your personal style.
When it comes to choosing art for your living room, we recommend going with either one large statement piece, or doing a gallery wall with multiple small and medium artworks, whether it be paintings, photographs or any other medium. You can mix and match sizes and orientations. Of course, you should always consider the size of the room, the amount of furniture you have and the available wall space you have. Sometimes a gallery wall can make a room look busy and feel cramped if the space is too small – in this case, you can opt for a smaller gallery wall using less pieces.
Choosing Art for Your Bedroom
The bedroom is a place for rest and relaxation. This is where we unwind at the end of a long day, and the space is the first thing we see every morning when we wake up. That being said, when choosing artwork for your bedroom, think calm and serene.
In the bedroom, it’s probably a good idea to keep to one larger piece of art rather than filling with smaller pieces that could make the room feel busy. Soothing colours work great here, like light blues, grey tones, and pastels. You may opt for an abstract piece or a portrait that radiates relaxation. After all, your bedroom is your oasis, so you should choose bedroom art that complements that.
Choosing Art for Your Guest Bedroom
When it comes to choosing art for your guest bedroom, you can follow the same guidelines as you would for choosing art for your bedroom. However, it’s best to keep it simple here. You want to choose an artwork that is less personal so that it can appeal to more people. An abstract works great here, but it doesn’t need to be eccentric.
Choosing Art for Your Home Office
Your home office is a place for productivity and focus! It’s a space for getting creative and feeling energized, so opt for fun and expressive pieces here. You can really express your personal style through your office artwork. A gallery wall with a mix of small and medium artworks works well here. Choose art that makes you feel happy and energized.
There have been dozens of studies that have shown that art in your workspace can play a role in reducing your stress levels and increasing your productivity, even when working from home. They even found that seeing nature images in artwork has been linked to lower levels of anger in workplaces!
Choosing Art for Your Kitchen
The kitchen is another area in the home where we typically socialize and gather. Bright and quirky artworks work very well in the kitchen. Funny art pieces also work well! Anything that could be a discussion piece is a great fit for the kitchen.
Design-wise, there is usually a lot going on in the kitchen – from backsplashes to cupboards to appliances – so we recommend going with smaller pieces rather than one large artwork. This way it will feel breathable and not overwhelming.
Choosing Art for Your Bathroom
The bathroom is typically a smaller room, so we recommend decorating your bathroom with smaller or medium-sized artworks depending on how much space you are working with. Calming art works well in the bathroom. Opting for pairs here is usually a good idea, so consider selecting two smaller works from a series.
What About Open Floor Plans?
Of course, open floor plans have become more and more popular over recent years, so this is an important consideration. When it comes to choosing artwork for open floor plans, consider the use of the space. The art that you choose will have to work across both rooms, so be mindful of that as well.
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