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How To Choose Art For Decor

So you have all these blank spaces in your home and you feel as though some new artwork would fill those spaces nicely. Your next question might be "What art should I buy?" and/or "How do I know that the art I am buying will be right for my home?". With your questions in mind, here are ArtFinderShop's top tips on buying your perfect piece of art for home

Size Counts…

No matter what else you might have been led to believe, size, where art is concerned, does absolutely matter. It is important to decide whether you want a big and bold statement piece on your wall to help create emotive drama in your room or whether you want the artwork to be a smaller, more focussed talking point set in its own space. Imagine your new piece of art within the room it will be displayed in. Will your furniture dominate and detract from the art if the art piece is too small? Will an art piece of considerable size make your furniture look out of place? To help provide some idea of required scale, ask a friend or family member to hold differently sized pieces of cardboard up in the area you are thinking of placing your art, this will help to reassure you that the painting, print, sculpture or textile art you are about to buy will suit your space.

Spaced Out…

Whether you are thinking of buying a Warhol pop art to adorn your space, a pizzazzy Picasso or a transformative Turner, you will need to think about space. "What?" I hear you ask, "But you have just written about space haven't you?". In short, my answer is "yes" but "no". In the previous paragraph I wrote of the size of the space that the artwork will cover but in this paragraph I refer to the space that will be around the artwork once hung. Why? Because it is as important as the artwork itself. If the balance between art and surrounding space is out of kilter then it will, very much, affect your viewing pleasure.

Use the space around to provide focus to the art piece. Imagine that you are reading a novel and how the full stops and commas help to provide form and context, then apply that to the space around your artwork. Is the space a full stop to provide a punctuative focus on the piece and prevent the eye from moving on? Or is the space a comma, a short pause before the eye moves on to a continuation piece or adjacent artwork? All this pre-planning might seem a little over the top but it will make a noticeable difference to the finished aesthetic. A little patience in planning done and now next the requirement for a little courage.

Serenity to accept the things you can't change, courage to change the things you can and wisdom to know the difference…

There is technically no right or wrong in art, one technique might be one artist's rule whereas the same technique might be another artist's rule to ignore. Art tradition breeds art dissent and art dissent breeds art tradition, thereby, creating ever changing styles and techniques over time. The art world is beautifully diverse, so experiment, be courageous and discover what feels right for you, the image and feeling you want to express in addition to what will complement the furniture in your room. Subject matter, colour, depth, texture and finish should all play their part in your decision making. Whether you opt for serene or bold framed artwork, it will transform your room and it will make your statement.

Who framed Rogere's Rabbit?

Firstly, I am not sure that the abstract artist Rogere ever painted a rabbit to be honest but I like it as a fun subheading. However, if he had then the frame for it would have been incredibly important. Because, to be frank, what is the point of hanging a beautiful artwork if the frame doesn't do it justice. Frames, without doubt, are transformative and will impact upon how your new artwork is viewed. As a general guide, unless you wish to preserve the antiquity of a piece of art, choose a simple frame in a colour that is included in the artwork itself. This will help accentuate the art rather than detract from it. Plus, if your art is to sit behind glass then a non-reflective glass will help prevent light reflecting off of it and spoiling your viewing pleasure. A suitably hung, framed and glazed artwork should be able to be appreciated, without distraction and from virtually any angle.

Get the hang of it…

So, you have followed all the tips above and you have bought your artwork. Now to hang it in that space that you have so attentively pre-planned. But hold on, at what height should you hang art? If it is to be situated above the sofa then do you hang it half way between the top of the sofa and the ceiling? If it is to be hung in the bedroom then at what height?

The answer is, invariably, hang art so that the vertical centre of the artwork is in line with your eye line. The artwork is for viewing comfortably, you wouldn't want to crane your neck every time that you wish to look at it.

Artists, again invariably, create their artwork with the end viewer in mind. Many would have painted using a certain perspective so that their art could be enjoyed at eye level. Some artists would differ in order for the viewer to engage with their painting at an alternate level which the artist has desired to cleverly dictate. Offer the artwork to the desired hanging space and see what feels right to you but if in doubt then centred on eye level is the right level.

Sometimes more is more…

There are no hard and fast rules about what you should or shouldn't use to fill your blank space. Some walls lend themselves to becoming a feature wall with an eclectic mix of smaller, differently sized artworks. Some lend themselves to a collection of art from the same artist and some to a triptych. You can use paintings, drawings, photographs, mixed media, collage, folk art, sculpture… the list is endless. It all comes down to what works with your room and what you want to express in the way you want to express it. A little imagination and visual planning can do so much to help ensure that you buy art that is right for you and art that is right for your home.

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