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If you are not thinking about art, you may be missing out on one of the easiest ways to express yourself and create a truly unique space, as often when it comes to designing and furnishing a living space, wall art is treated as an afterthought. It is generally the last decision made once floors are installed, the walls are painted and the space is furnished. In many cases, we even leave the walls bare and focus on the big screen television and the comfy sectional.
Wall Art A Missed Design Opportunity
A piece of art can make a profound statement for the entire room. It can be an expression of who you are or what you are interested in or simply just what you like in terms of colors, design or appeal. By putting art to the side, we are losing out on an amazing way to design and personalize a space. Picking art to fit in can be a daunting task but there are a few easy guidelines that can result in a cohesive design look.
Wall Art, A Tool For Your Color Palette
One of the easiest ways to determine a color scheme is by the art you choose! Deciding on what colors you want to have in your space can be a daunting task. Will rooms have a good color flow or will your home look color choppy? We always seem to focus on these tiny paint chips, moving them from room to room, leading to indecision and frustration.This is what it is important not to leave art to the last decision!
When you find a piece of art that you love, it’s easy to pull out some of the colors to create a room pallet. You can choose a primary color as well as several other colors that can be used as accents to unify and decorate the room.
Wall Art Your Focal Point
Every room deserves a focal point that will draw the eye, and what better way to create this is by the use of wall art! An amazing piece of art can bring life to an otherwise boring mantel or empty wall. A combination or series of pieces of artwork can result in a statement gallery wall.
When picking a piece of art or creating a gallery of prints, the scale of the artwork is important. Small artwork can look lost on a large wall. A large piece of wall art can make a room look cluttered and full as it overpowers furniture and the room’s accents. Proportionate art pieces are perfect that take the room size and canvas wall size into account.
Wall Art Dimension and Texture
Wall art comes in many dimensions and mediums. Some canvas prints provide a three-dimensional look, while a framed matted print may give the illusion of two dimensions. Some wall art pieces have texture, providing for another dimension. Acrylic blocks, tapestries and even unframed canvas prints all are pieces that should be considered to add some depth to a room.
If you are looking to acquire something a little more impactful, consider a digital art installation, one of the latest forms of art that is becoming extremely popular for art followers and collectors. Using any of these varieties of art will provide visual interest to your interior walls.
Wall Art Finishes Your Interior Space
Consider wall art to be the icing on the cake! Artwork is the finishing touch that pulls everything together. It adds the additional dimension that distinguishes one room from the other.
The important thing to remember is to choose artwork that fits the room. Using a rustic piece of art in an otherwise formal room setting may create confusion and an incohesive look. Wall art should be the most important piece of the interior design process, to establish the theme and plan for the rest of the room.
Benefits of Artwork In Your Home
Art is not just decor. It is the personality of your home. It can make you happy or set the tone of a room. Art defines your space, it will tell the story of your interior.
Artwork is a unique expression of your home and most importantly it is bound to spark conversation, be it a discussion of the artwork itself, the reasons for its purchase or the memories behind it including travel and experiences.
Looking at art also has a significant benefit to the brain. It can release the feel-good chemical dopamine that results in happiness. Viewing art can result in good moods that in return can be a health benefit. In other words, viewing an artwork you are emotionally connected to can improve your mood and provide positivity to your life!