Choosing artwork for each room in your home can be overwhelming. With so many options, it can be challenging to pick the art that represents you the best, and at the same time feels right for your space.
“How do I choose the right artwork?” is probably one of the most commonly asked questions asked of Interior Designers. Well, we wish there were specific guidelines to make sure you select the right piece of artwork for the different rooms in your home, every time. The truth is, you’ll be set if you just go with what speaks to you.
Commonly forgotten in the art discussion, is artwork for your Kitchen. The kitchen is a room often referred to as the “heart of the home”, and for good reason! In many cases, the Kitchen is the most used room of the house. Countertops or spaces above cabinets are perfect homes for art. We tend to lean more towards smaller pieces in this space, and prints with funny or social-worthy quotes.
The bedroom is your sanctuary. A place to relax, unwind and be sensual. The artwork in this space should reflect that. Artwork in the bedroom is best directly over the bed or on the wall opposite the bed. We tend to lean more towards large-scale pieces hung at eye level. Our favorites? Abstract pieces with soothing colors or tones. Or cool and calming landscapes or desaturated photos. Keep the frames minimal–a gallery frame or canvases work great as well. Here, we want to focus on the art piece itself.
Artwork for your home office should inspire you creatively and mentally, especially if you work from home. Creating a rotating gallery with a floating ledge shelf can help you achieve this. The best part of this is that it’s the only thing you will have to hang! This lets you pick out an assortment of artwork that moves you. If you’re having a hard time choosing an array of pieces, try envisioning a mood board, positive images, or works by artists who inspire you. This should get your creative juices flowing. You want to incorporate different sizes as well, big and small so the possibilities are endless. You can have them all in similar frames for a minimalist look or all different frames to add some character. These pieces can be rotated or updated whenever you get bored, no nails required.
The bathroom is another room in the home that often gets neglected with art. The artwork you choose should go with the vibe of the bathroom. For example, if it’s a powder room on the main level, you should stick to more fun and bright pieces. If it’s a master bath, go with more serene or calming pieces. Bathroom art looks great in pairs, we like to choose a set of two either stacked or side by side. They can be two of the same abstract pieces with one flipped on its side, or two different pieces that go with the same theme. Solid places for these pieces would be over the toilet, over the bathtub (if you’re lucky enough to have one), or over the towel/robe hook.
The most fun room to decorate with art, and most times, the most intimidating is the living room. Most of us feel a lot of pressure here since this is the room most of your guests will see and spend time in. Choosing the right piece is elemental in provoking conversation and setting the feel or vibe of the space. You can opt for one large-scale piece or a large gallery wall. Sometimes you need to think outside the frame. Art doesn’t have to be a piece of print or canvas, sometimes it can take other forms. Whether it’s a large-scale replica of the American flag or Stag horns, look beyond a 2D image and you’ll find a unique piece that best reflects you.
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