Well-chosen artwork brings warm, depth and character to your home. But how do you choose the right pieces for each space? Our Lifestyle Manager, Gemma Lovett, has some expert tips to help you out.
The first thing to remember is that you don’t need to spend a fortune on original pieces to add personality to your home. There is plenty of stunning artwork available online, catering for all tastes and budgets. But before you get carried away with your credit card, these are the questions to ask yourself:
Where will you hang your art?
It may seem obvious but measure the space you have in mind. Hanging a picture that is too small will mean it just gets lost. However, hanging a picture that is too large could dominate the space and take away focus from the rest of the room. Think also about the area your picture will live in – is it landscape or portrait? Choose the size and shape of the art to fit the space proportionally.
How would you like to hang the art?
Are you looking for a main focal point to the room or do you prefer an eclectic mix of different pictures? Do you want to hang a group of similar pictures together symmetrically or create a haphazard gallery wall? Answering these questions will help guide you to the shapes and styles you’re looking for.
Take inspiration from something you already own
Art you already have is a great place to start for inspiration – consider opting for similar pieces of the same style, such as black and white photographs. Alternatively you should look at other furnishings in the room, such as rugs, curtains and cushions, and pick out artwork featuring similar or complementary colours or style. This will help tie all the elements of your room together.
Mix it up
Don’t get too tied up with trying to match your art to your room. Often a contrast can add depth and individuality to the space. If your room is a neutral colour, consider adding bold abstract pieces to add brightness. Equally, if you have a dark room, consider adding light and muted art to calm and lighten the space.
Mix and match periods of art and rooms. Placing contemporary art within a period home can look stunningly effective. As can a mix of contemporary and traditional art on a gallery wall.
Image: Mannigan Edwards Interiors
Keep it personal
Art is very personal, and an opportunity for self-expression, so it shouldn’t be driven by anyone’s taste but your own. Whatever and wherever the spaces are in your home, you can always find a beautiful piece of art to fill them. Enjoy!
Our Little Black Book
These are some of our go-to suppliers for beautiful artwork, but if you’re short of time or inspiration then we can help. We’ll discuss what you like and produce a shortlist, and we can even arrange purchase and delivery of the items to suit your schedule. Contact us to find out more about our Personal Shopping for your Home service.