Picking art should be fun…and we promise that you don’t have to be a design prodigy to pick fine art pieces that make an impact. Here are some tips and tricks for choosing art:
Go with what you like
- Go with what you like. Pick images that resonate with you, and that you know you'll love for years to come. As a shortcut, think about selecting art that complements the style of décor in the room where it will be displayed: think detailed landscapes or portraits for traditional homes energized abstracts for modern spaces, or vintage posters for eclectic rooms.
- Consider composition. Horizontal lines often evoke serenity and peace (a sunset, a beach scene). Vertical lines evoke vitality, energy and progress (a towering tree, a high-rise building). Think about the room where the art will be displayed, and the mood you want to set for the space.
Think about color coordination
- Think about color coordination. Color draws the eye to certain details and creates cohesion throughout a space. The colors in a piece of artwork can pull the room together or provide an exclamation point to emphasize a certain design detail.
Size is relative
- Size is relative. A piece of artwork might seem small in an open, high-ceilinged loft, or huge in a cozy studio apartment. Match the orientation of the art with the shape of the space—tall, narrow walls will work best with art that's a similar shape. For art that's hanging above furniture, the artwork should be no wider than 3/4 the width of the furniture below it.
Go with a group
- Go with a group. Can't pick just one piece? Go with a group of art hung together (2-3" apart keeps things feeling coordinated). Choose art that's got a similar theme or color palette, or create cohesion with images that are the same size or are framed the same way.