Guide to Selecting Artwork For Your Home

When it comes to putting the finishing touches on a room, a few details that first come to an interior designer’s mind may be area rugs, curtains, or coffee tables. What can sometimes be overlooked, however, is artwork. This doesn’t have to come in the form of hanging a drab, monochrome painting on the wall. A variety of intricate possibilities exist to customize your clients’ living spaces with a fun twist and give their custom furniture even more flair. This blog post will examine a few handy tips and tricks to help you match artwork to furniture.

Tip #1: Narrow the field

Art is very subjective; therefore, choosing the perfect piece for a room takes some time. First, determine your clients’ preferences: Do they value modern or contemporary art? Do they prefer colour or black and white? Abstract or non-objective? This information will help you narrow down specific artistic concepts to work with.

Tip #2: Find inspiration

When you visit an art gallery, what one factor tends to draw you towards a particular painting? Colour. Therefore, this concept should be applied when choosing the proper artwork for a room.

A good rule of thumb is to choose artwork in a colour that appears somewhere on the furniture. Find hints and subtle shades that the client enjoys most, whether it is in the colour of the frame, or a fine detail in the art itself.

In some cases, a client will want to design an entire room around a piece of artwork. It might have been a family heirloom or a piece of art created by a friend that has become a prized possession. Custom-made furniture is the most effective solution in this case, as it will allow you to extract the client’s favourite colours from the piece and arrange them in the furniture itself.

Tip #3: Opposites attract

Next on the matching checklist are lines and patterns. Remember, the find details of the artwork don’t have to be specifically matched to the furniture.

Let’s assume that you are working with stained-glass artwork. In a piece of this nature, there are a variety of curved lines, which draw the eye in a multitude of directions. As this type of artwork is compound, it is best to choose a solid base colour, as there won’t be any pattern clashes or mismatches. On the other hand, if the artwork is of a simpler landscape, then it would be suitable for the furniture’s fabric to have a bolder pattern.

Tip #4: Balance and perspective

Once the artwork is matched to the furniture by colour and pattern, it’s time to focus on the positioning of the art.

In the case of a living room or family room, the artwork should be about two-thirds the width of the sofa or sectional you are working with, as you don’t want the piece to overpower the room. If you are working with smaller artwork, then try hanging it in the middle of the furniture to keep the room balanced.

Another possibility would be to choose a few small paintings or pictures and hang them in a unique configuration, thereby adding some feng shui to the room. The collage doesn’t have to be completely symmetrical. Hanging artwork at different height levels will create a more distinctive visual effect.

Remember to have fun and play around with versatility, while sticking to the overarching theme of the room. These newly decorated spaces will generate a great focal point and centerpiece of discussion among guests. You never know— this just might encourage your client to want to throw their next holiday party or Saturday evening gathering to show off their new space!

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