Most interior designers
agree that wall art is one of the most cost effective ways to create the
ambiance of any room. As new technology evolves from the internet to digital
photography, your choices are vast and potentially just a click or two away. Your
wall art becomes the focal point in the overall success of your interior
design. But, what basic guidelines should be used to focus your choice of art?
First and most
important, is to choose only a piece of art that you truly like. You will live
with the art piece for many years and you need to feel the same gratification every
time you look at it. This seems kind of obvious; however, many times people
forget and go for style instead. Art should be a reflection of you and the
feeling you wish to create with your decorative art.
Take into account one or
two of the boldest colors in the room décor and look for art which includes
similar colors. Color is also an important element in your decision. You also
may wish to consider muted colors or black and white art.
You should consider the size
of the wall. A piece of art that is too big for the wall space will be
overwhelming. It is a good idea to have the actual measurements of your wall,
so that when you are looking at the size of the art piece, you can begin to
envision it on your wall. A piece of art that is too small for the wall space,
will look lost on the wall and out of place. Many artists offer whole pictures
in three or four separate art pieces. Instead of one big art piece, you can
also consider two or three small art pieces in close proximity to each other,
creating a more dramatic setting.
The style of your
furnishings in your room should also be considered when choosing art. In a more
modern décor setting, an unframed art piece will create a more dramatic effect.
If the room is more traditional, larger ornate frames will blend better overall
in the room.
Wall art is available in
many different mediums. Other mediums are available and should be considered to
create the effect that you desire. While canvas is the most preferred, wall art
can be printed on wood, metal, or glass. The simple fact of the matter is you
have to decide what works best for you and the space youre decorating.