How to Choose Art for Your Space

Choosing the right art for your space can change the look and feel of your home or office in minutes. Art has the power to reflect your personality, spark emotions, and add character to any space. But with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Here are some tips on how to choose the right art for your space:

  1. Consider your style: The style of the art should complement the overall style of your space, but also be something YOU like. There's no sense in choosing art just because it matches your room if you don't even LIKE it.  So consider your tastes, but also the space around you.  For example, if you're into contemporary looks or minimalist vibes, abstract art may fit your style with the non representational colors and lines.  Similarly, if your space is more traditional, you may opt for classical or landscape art with detailed brushwork or more realism. No matter your style, you'll want to consider the existing color scheme, furniture, and decor in your space to ensure that the art you choose harmonizes with the overall look.
  2. Size matters: The size of the art is crucial in creating the right visual impact. Consider the wall space where you intend to hang the piece and measure it to determine the appropriate size. Oversized art can make a bold statement and be a focal point in the room, while smaller pieces can be grouped together for a gallery wall. Take into account the scale of the surrounding furniture and decor to ensure that the art is proportionate to the space.
  3. Use your gut instinct: Speaking back on your personal style, when it comes to art, it's important to trust your instincts and choose pieces that resonate with you personally. Art is subjective, and what might appeal to one person may not necessarily appeal to another. Consider your personal taste, interests, and the emotional connection you feel with the artwork. Choose art that brings you joy, inspires you, or tells a story that resonates with you.
  4. What about a theme?: Think about the theme or mood you want to convey in your space. Artwork can create different emotions and set the tone for a room. For example,are you decorating your guest bedroom and you want a tranquil space?  Maybe some serene seascapes will do the trick.  Decorating a fan cave?  Well maybe sports themed pieces (like the ones I create) will fit your space best.  And what about a living space where you want energy and life?  Maybe some bold, colorful pieces can wake up that room. Consider the purpose of the room and the atmosphere you want to create when selecting art.
  5. Think about the frame...or lack of: A frame is an important element of art, as it can enhance or detract from the overall look of the piece. Consider the style, color, and material of the frame, and how it complements the artwork and your space. On the other hand, you may consider alternative ways of displaying art, such as canvas prints, metal prints, or even tapestries, which can add a unique and modern touch to your space.  How you display that art is just as important as the art itself!
  6. Set a budget: Art comes in various price ranges, so it's important to establish a budget before you start your search. Original artwork by established artists can be expensive, but there are also affordable options such as prints, reproductions, or even trying out some lesser known independent artists. Don't be afraid to explore local art galleries, art fairs, or online marketplaces to find unique and affordable pieces that fit within your budget. Art is for all, no matter your budget, but not every piece and every artist will be for every buyer.

Choosing the right art for your space requires careful consideration of style, size, theme, personal taste, and budget. Don't be afraid to take your time, do your research, and trust your instincts. Remember, art is a reflection of your personal style and can greatly enhance the look and feel of your space, so choose pieces that truly speak to you and make your space uniquely yours. Happy art hunting!

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