There is no doubt that well-chosen, well-placed artwork has the potential to seriously transform your living space. But, when it comes to choosing the right wall art for your living room, making the right decisions can be a complicated process. So, we’ve put together some expert tips to help you select the perfect piece of art to add the finishing touches to your living space.
Buy What You Love
When it comes to buying artwork, it’s important to keep in mind that you’ll be looking at it every day when it’s hung in your living room. So, bear in mind that buying a piece of art that you really love and enjoy looking at is far more important than it matching up with your home’s décor. Remember that you can always redecorate your home if needed!
Get the Right Size
Before you go out shopping for wall art, be sure to have the exact measurements of your room available, so that you can work out the right sizes to go for when choosing canvases, paintings, or framed prints to hang in your living room. One good tip is to take pictures of your room with you after measuring the dimensions. This will make it easier for you to imagine how potential pieces of art that you find will look in your space.
Mix It Up
Keep in mind that a traditional décor does not always require traditional artwork, and the same goes for contemporary. Often, you can create a unique, interesting look and feel in your home by using contrasting accessories; for example, pairing contemporary décor with a traditional piece of art, or vice versa. So, don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles of art, regardless of how you’ve decorated your home.
Get the Right Lighting
Simply changing the lighting around a piece of artwork can seriously improve its appeal. Dimly-lit artwork can quickly lose the impact that it has on a room, and will look dull and boring. Investing in lighting solutions such as spotlights around the artwork in your living room provides an interesting feature and will improve the overall appearance of your room.
Focus on the Focal Point
When choosing artwork for your living room, keep your main focal point in mind. For example, if this is a fireplace, you will be looking for wall art that emphasizes it, but does not overshadow it. On the other hand, large artwork as a main feature works well in homes without a fireplace or other large focal point in the living room.
Be Open to Everything
Lastly, going out with an open mind is often essential when it comes to finding the right piece of artwork to display in your home. When you’re looking for something to take the center piece in your living room, it’s good to get out there and see what is available. For example, attend local art exhibitions and take an interest in anywhere that great local art is displayed, for example museums or coffee shops.
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