Wall art is one thing that takes a typical house and turns it into a home. There are so many choices in wall art these days that the task of selecting art for your walls can seem overwhelming, but ultimately it’s important to curate a small collection of wall art that speaks to you so that your home can truly feel like it’s your very own. Here are some tips for selecting wall art for your walls.
Give yourself time.
Especially if you’re furnishing your home for the very first time, it can be difficult not to run to your nearest big box store and pick up the first decent wall art that you see. You want your space to feel complete, after all. But ultimately, it’s best here to approach selecting wall art with patience. Give yourself time to select only pieces that speak to you, and don’t feel like you need to compromise with something that only “does the job.”
Mix things up.
Keep in mind as you begin your search that you need not stick with one particular type of wall art. You might, for example, opt for a couple of high quality printed photos, a few favorite prints, a painting, and then a tapestry.
Size is important.
Unfortunately size might limit your range of choices a bit, but it is important to find art that is well-suited to the space that your walls can afford. Measure the blank spaces on your walls that you are looking to fill with art so that you know what dimensions to look out for. Keep in mind when selecting prints and photos that your frame and matting will add significantly to the amount of space that that print occupies. Here’s a tip for size: look to fill about two-thirds of your wall with art. Additionally, contemporary pieces make a bigger impact when they are on the larger side.
Remember your color palette.
An inviting and cohesive looking interior space will be designed with a color palette in mind from the get-go. Remember your color palette as you select your wall art—just as you did when selecting furniture, a rug, and other room accents. It’s okay if your art doesn’t fit your color palette precisely—in fact, having a stray hue here and there will add interest to your space. But if, for example, your living room is filled with subdued earth tones, it’s probably not a good idea to select wall art that features bright and loud primary colors.