Entry #2733, August 10, 2013
Of all the big decorating decisions that go into your home, I find wall art to be one of the most daunting. I’m not sure whether it is because or in spite of my education in art history, but I look at a blank wall the way a challenged writer looks at a blank page: for hours! Art is the finishing touch that brings all the elements in your room together, and I love when a great piece of art is the focal point of the room. But no matter your décor: from an extremely specific theme to simple and white, there are so many options for art. Choosing a great piece is less about a right and wrong answer as it is about your design inspiration and a gut feeling.
Image via Simplified Bee
Go Big or Go Home
Like working a crossword puzzle with a pen, you should commit to your decision if it’s going to be a major focal point in both size and style. For several years now, the staying trend is to fill your wall space as much as possible. Leave at least a 12 to 18-inch clearance to the ceiling and floor (or furniture, etc), but other than that, fill your space as much as possible. You can use one large image or a creative grouping to achieve your goal, but find something that you really love or you’ll tire quickly of such a big statement. While you’re bound to find many pieces that are stunning, keep a close eye on your current design to narrow your choices. You want at least two of the same colors in your artwork, and the subject (even if it’s abstract) should be in keeping with your style or theme unless you are aiming for an extremely eclectic, mixed look.
Image via Two-Thirty-Five Design
Don’t forget about the frame! Just like the style of the art you choose, the frame’s styling may match or contrast with your room. A smaller painting may fill your space and draw attention with a thick frame just as a large black-and-white print will shine best in a small, simple frame. In the end, trust your instincts; after all, you are the one who will see it the most!
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