When you walk into a room, what do you notice first?
Besides furniture and the color scheme, you probably also said art and you're right.
Wall art is a great way to bring a room together, give it personality and make it infinitely more interesting. It doesn't have to be an expensive collector's piece or resin encased photograph, what matters most is that it is something you love and represents who you are.
There aren't any written rules as to how you should present art in your home, but we can all benefit from some expert tips when it comes to selecting, framing and hanging art in a room.
Whether you already have a few pieces ready to be mounted or you're simply exploring your options, here are some tips and tricks to help you dress up your blank walls and turn your house into a home with some gorgeous displays.
The most important thing about selecting the right artwork for your home is buying what you love. Your artwork purchase doesn't have to take a toll on your wallet, there are a number of affordable and unique pieces available.
Secondly, art doesn't have to be limited to a painting. It can be a photograph, sculpture, weaving or even a child's drawing. What really makes wall art stand out is how they complement a room's color palette, the framing and arrangement. Some rooms look better with a large statement piece, others benefit from a mismatched gallery wall.
So when the time comes for you to make a choice, forget everything you knew about matching colors of the piece to the room. Instead, coordinate elements of the artwork with the dominant tones in the room's furnishings and accessories. This creates a far more interesting dynamic and gives the room a more sophisticated vibe.
If you're worried about not getting the colors right, carry a paint swatch with you to get a more accurate match. Just be careful about opting for bright artwork when a room is mostly filled with neutral tones.
After you pick the artwork for your home, choosing a frame is the next important step. Not only do frames protect the painting or prints from the elements, it enhances the overall look.
With all the different types of frames in the market it may seem almost impossible to settle on a style, but there are a few guidelines that'll help you make the right choice for your home.
If you're aiming for a more classic look, a Birchwood frame will do the trick, while black or white frames will add a modern touch to your walls without taking too much away from the work.
For photographs and prints, Interiors Online suggests using the "float" framing method where the art is taped to the back of the frame so it looks like it is "floating" within. As for canvas art, show it off in a shadow-box frame, it will give it a "finished" look.
Always remember to go with what makes you happy and don't be afraid to mix and match frame styles, you'd be surprised with how it turns out especially when you hang it well.
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