Are you looking to purchase some art for your home but you just don’t know where to begin? There are some factors to consider when decorating your home with art so we’ve created a guide to help you on your way.

WHY DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH ART?

Before you start filling in payment details, ask yourself this: why do you want to decorate your home with art? This could make it a lot easier when choosing an art piece. There are many reasons why art could work for you and your home: it could be to add a splash of colour to a dull home office, to update the bedroom decor, because you collect art and you are looking for a place to hang your latest addition. It could even be to make a political or social statement. Whatever the reason, before you start decorating your home with art, consider all the reasons why you would want to buy a piece.

CONSIDER THE SIZE OF THE SPACE

This is a very practical aspect of decorating your home with art, but it’s just as important as choosing art for aesthetics. When purchasing art, it’s vital to measure up the physical space of the room against the piece of art. You don’t want to purchase artwork only for it to arrive at your home and it is too big to hang on your living room wall. On the same note, you don’t want to squeeze the artwork into a space too small. You want your art to have room to breath and stand on its own. Give it some space and avoid overcrowding.

Get the measuring tape out and size up your walls. If you have already found a piece of artwork that you would like to purchase but it is too large for your room, you have two choices: move to a larger house or consider purchasing another piece of artwork. 

CONSIDER THE SCALE OF THE ARTWORK

Following up from the previous point, it is vital that you take into account the scale of the artwork in comparison with the layout of the room that you desire to hang it. Is your living room full of large pieces of furniture such as a free-standing bookshelf or a large mirror hanging above the large sofa? Then you may want to contemplate purchasing a piece of artwork that matches the size of the other furniture in the room. If you buy something too small, then it will drown in comparison to the surrounding furniture. 

In saying that, you don’t want to hang a large piece in a small room. If you have a small room, why not purchase a small piece of artwork that can sit on a coffee table or bookshelf, or even hang on a small wallspace.

If you have already found a piece of work that you would like to decorate your home with and it isn’t to scale for the large space, then you may want to add more than one painting to hang next to it. That way, you could cover the entirety of the wallspace with artwork. The wall would almost become a piece of art in itself. Hint: If you choose to do this, keep in mind the rule of three. This is a great starting-off point and if you feel like you want to become a bit more creative, consider covering the full wall with small and medium size pieces.

MATCHING COLOURS, PATTERNS AND STYLES

When decorating a room with artwork, you may want to think about the colour scheme of the space and whether it would clash with the artwork itself. Thought and consideration should go into the types of materials and the colour palette of both the room’s decor and the art itself.

Stay consistent. Consider artwork that would compliment the surroundings rather than clash with it. If you have a minimalist room with a natural or monochromatic colour scheme, find a piece of work that mimics this. If you have some vintage pieces of furniture from the 60’s, why not purchase pop art that would pull the style of the room together? If you are looking to add a splash of colour for a simplistic white space, opt for bright and bold art.

HERE ARE SOME IDEAS THAT WILL HELP YOU DECIDE ON HOW TO DECORATE YOUR HOME WITH ART. 

ABSTRACT & MINIMALIST

GERKE RIENKS - AMY WINEHOUSE - FULL 3000PX

Combining the anamorphic technique and pop art, Rieks forms his subjects in such an abstract, monochromatic style. This style of art is a great option if you are looking to maintain a minimalistic decor in your home. As well as this, the pop art style in Rieks’ ‘paper cuts’ art would be a fantastic addition to your collection.

ALBERTO REGUERA - NUBOSA MANANA - COMPOSITION 3000PX

If you are looking for something more abstract with depth and texture to hang above your fireplace or to match the natural colour scheme of your dining room, Alberto Reguera creates some mesmerising art. Using oil paint, he uses thick layers of dark colours to form a textured, abstract composition. 

BRIGHT & BOLD

JOQUIM FALCO - VINCENT COCA COLA - COMPOSITION 3000 PX

Are you looking for a splash of colour to brighten up a flat, uninteresting space? The work of Spanish pop artist, Joaquim Falco would be the perfect fit for your home. Using brilliant, strong colours, combined with famous characters as subjects – such as Snoopy, Captain America and TinTin – Falco’s work really captures the essence of pop art with mixed media.

SMALL BUT MIGHTY

MOABIT - BREAKING NEWS - THE SECRET REAVEALED

If you are working with a small space, buy small art. Currency art is a great place to add a piece of art to a desk, coffee table or to sit on a bookshelf. It’s not too overwhelming for a small space and you can still enjoy the art. 

Not much is known about Moabit, but the artist has made a name for his/herself by painting spectacular pieces of political art on dollar bills. The subjects tend do include famous cartoon characters such as Donald Duck and the subject matter touches on social and political issues such as the refugee crisis. The detail is incredible.

If you are interested in purchasing any of the artwork in this article, please contact UP & COMING ART for more information on the art and the artist.

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