Adding art to your home can completely transform your interiors, infusing your rooms with character and personality, unifying a colour theme and complementing your furnishings and décor. Yet many people shy away from choosing art, perhaps feeling that they will make a ‘wrong’ choice. The great thing is, there is no ‘wrong’ when it comes to art! It’s all about personal taste and the only thing that really matters is that you love it. That said, we hear a lot of the same questions when we’re helping our customers pick out artwork, so we hope that sharing our advice with you here will give you the confidence to display some art in your own home.

To match or not to match?

It goes without saying that any artwork should complement and enhance your décor. But how it does that depends very much on your individual style. If you’re someone who likes a cohesive design scheme, you may prefer art that includes similar colours to those you already have in your room. Featuring different tones and tints from the same palette can work well, adding depth and interest to your interiors without making everything too ‘matchy matchy’. If your taste is bolder and more daring, make a statement with artwork in opposing dominant colours to your décor. Try using a colour wheel to identify which hues are opposites and then look for pictures or wall art in those shades: they will add high-contrast vibrancy and balanced clashes of colour to your space. Whether you’re aiming for contrast or harmony, remember the most important colour is that of the wall you’ll be hanging the art on. This will form the backdrop to your piece, so it can be useful to take a swatch of your paint colour or wallpaper with you when you’re shopping for art.

What style of art will suit my room?

Choosing art for a specific room is about more than colour and décor alone. Of course, if your home is a period property and traditionally styled, it makes sense to choose artwork that exudes the same look and feel. And pieces that are abstract or geometric are likely to work best in a modern home. But as well as considering style, you should also think about the mood of the room and what it’s used for. For example, if you’re looking for art to display in a space where you’ll be entertaining friends and family, such as your lounge or dining area, you might want to pick a bold, lively piece that will create a talking point at dinner parties and special occasions. On the other hand, if you’re keen to add art to your bedroom, you may prefer something that exudes tranquillity and calm. Bedrooms are personal spaces and often the best kind of art to display in them is something that has special meaning, evokes an emotional response or transports you back to a place or time you remember fondly.

Does size matter?

Yes, it does! The golden rule when choosing the size of your artwork is this: consider what else is in the space. Envisage the whole area as if it were a photograph (it can actually be extremely helpful to take a photo of the space to refer back to) and keep in mind that the goal is to create a balanced overall composition within that frame. In practice, this means that if you’re looking for a piece to hang above a statement sofa or large headboard, you should opt for something of a similar scale to make sure it can hold its own. Anything too small would look apologetic and underwhelming. By the same token, if the piece of furniture is small and delicate, select artwork that feels right proportionally.

Can I mix and match pieces of art?

If committing to one large piece of art makes you feel nervous, or you’d simply prefer more variety, creating a gallery wall of several small pieces can give the same overall impact. You can also create the gallery effect on a shelf with an assortment of prints – and the bonus is that you can change these easily as and when the mood takes you! This style of displaying art tends to work well in the busier areas of your home – for example an office, lounge or playroom – and it’s a fun way of adding individuality to a space.

What about texture?

If you’d like your art to inject a little texture into your space, canvasses are a popular choice. There are also many modern techniques that give framed art a unique finish. Liquid art – where a resin is applied on top of the glass to create a variety of effects – is very on-trend at the moment and adds another dimension to a print or photograph.

And the frame?

Be sure to give consideration to the style, colour and design of the frame that surrounds your artwork. Ideally, the frame should tie in with the neutral colours and finishes in your room, so that your piece of art can take centre stage.

Here at Roomes, we have a fantastic selection of framed prints and canvasses that will help you make your home your own. And with 20% off all pictures and wall art, now is the perfect time to shop with us! Visit us in-store or browse and buy from our complete collection online.

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