So you’ve just filled a new room in your home with furniture, or you have an existing space that needs a dose of new life, time to select some wall art. But if you don’t feel art savvy, the process can seem daunting.
How do you choose wall art that will give your room the edge that it needs. Here are our favourite tips for finding a piece that fits.
1. Trust your choices.
You don’t need to be an artist or curator to know what you like and don’t like. Go by heart, if you love the colour or mood of a piece, go for it. And don’t be afraid to mix valuable art with inexpensive finds. Great art can be found everywhere. Have fun mixing artwork of varying genres and value and you will find yourself with a collection of works that tells your story, and appears as it’s been gradually acquired over time.
2. Embrace contrast.
Spaces can really benefit from an artwork that is contrasting to its surrounds. Just as an art piece will shine if it’s not fighting for attention in a room. If you have a traditional room of neutral or classic colour schemes, consider a contemporary or abstract piece, or one with bold lashings of bright (even fluoro) colours. It will instantly sharpen a room and give it a modern edge. Equally, if you have a modern style room, try grounding it with earthy colours like an Aboriginal artwork, or an natural landscape.
For an eclectic or more chaotic space, find balance with a minimalist piece such as a black and white artwork.
3. Invest in quality framing, and hang it properly.
If your artwork requires framing, we recommend using a quality framer who will pay the respect to your artwork that it deserves. They should know what style of frame is going to bring out the best in your artwork and you know it will be made to stand the test of time. They will also advise on how to hang it (they might even do it for you). As a rule of thumb, we recommend hanging art so that it’s centre is 1500mm from the floor. This is roughly an average eye height.