How to Choose Impactful Artwork that will Transform Your Home

Art, according to the Oxford English dictionary is: “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.”

Interior design is a form of art in itself, creating beauty and harmony that improves our lives when we live beside it.

Adding artwork to your home is a great way of creating impact, lifting a space, eliciting emotion, and generally making the place more interesting and pleasant to live in.

Stuck on where to begin? Here are some tips on how to choose art that will transform your home.

Think outside the box
Don’t forget that a piece of artwork doesn’t have to just be a 2D picture; include sculpture and other three-dimensional art in your considerations. You may even want to consider an antique, or an upcycled object that has its own aesthetic merit, depending on your budget and taste.

Have a space in mind
Buying artwork without first delineating where it will reside in your home will mean you’ll end up with a disparity between location and the artefact itself. If you’re prepared to redesign the room around the art – great. But even then, you need to have a sense of where the natural light will hit it, how much space you’ve got, how people will approach the artwork when they enter the room: it’s best to have at least a rough idea of where you will situate the piece before you start searching for it.

Consider colour
Again, colour may not be much of an issue if you’re redecorating anyway and are planning to base the colour palette of the room around the piece of art. If not, make sure that the colours contrast or harmonise in a way that fits in with your décor. There are no hard and fast rules here, but taking a picture of the artwork in neutral light and looking at its colours beside the existing colour in its future location is a good first step.

Give it meaning
Art works best if it speaks to you in some way. Try not to choose something just because it’s fashionable or you think it will impress visitors. Instead, look around until you find something that strikes a chord within you in some way.

Harmonise or contrast
When it comes to style, you need to make sure that your art, which will presumably be a statement piece in the room, improves the space. It can do this by either fitting in with the current theme of the room: minimalist, or rustic, for example; or by contrasting with the existing theme and making a statement with its difference.

Install correctly
Framed pictures, as a general rule, should take up around three quarters of the available wall height, and sit roughly 6-12 inches above surfaces like dressers or sofas. The centre of the piece should be approximately at eye level for most of the observers.  Make sure to light your artwork well, getting specific advice from the artist where appropriate and taking note of how it’s done in the gallery.

Love it!
Most importantly of all, you must choose a piece of art that you love. After all, you’ll be seeing it every day. Pick something that makes you feel good, that adds something to your daily life, and that has significance for you. Enjoy!