Art is so much more than just something to look at.
It has the power to elevate, inspire and comfort.
I learned this as one of the silver linings to the pandemic we have found ourselves in.
If you are like me, you may have realised how blank and boring your living room wall is — and subsequently run out of excuses as to when you will do some long-overdue cleaning and house improvement. Well, there’s nowhere else to run, but maybe that’s a good thing!
Decorating your space at home shouldn’t be a chore. It definitely shouldn’t break the bank either. Today, artists have an abundance of avenues to sell their work through, meaning their communities often get incredible pieces for affordable prices.
Another benefit of the growing eCommerce space is that you can browse through hundreds of best-selling pieces of art online at your own pace, making sure to pick out the perfect piece for you.
Before you start decorating your home with art, we have included 5 things you should keep in mind when you are planning to spruce up your space.
1. Find What You Love
Art is personal. What pulls on the heartstrings of some would be thrown in the bin by others. The key here is to find a style of art that makes you feel good.
Unless you are decorating your home to lease it out or host AirBnb’s, the art you purchase should be for your eyes — after all, you are the one who's going to be admiring it!
Browsing through different styles can give you an inkling of what you are drawn to. Take your time to peruse the best-selling artworks from each category. You may find you have a hidden love for the abstract or a taste for impressionism. Or maybe the bright colours of pop-art would be perfect for your bathroom.
Whatever style draws you in, dive deeper! You never know what you may find.
2. Decide on the Medium
Once you have found the style of artwork you connect with, it’s time to decide on which medium you want to display it on.
This can be influenced by many factors. Some important things to consider when deciding on your medium:
- Which room will it be hung in?
- What is the texture of the wall that will be displaying it?
- What is the lighting like? Will the piece be exposed to lots of sunlight? Will it be exposed to higher levels of moisture?
- What is the theme of the room? Is there solid, wooden furniture in the room? If so, you may opt for wooden frames over canvas prints etc.
Below are some tips regarding some of the most popular materials art is displayed on.
Canvas Prints have been around for centuries, becoming more popular in the 16th century during the Italian Renaissance. They are a fantastic way to display art and are loved by many!
Advantages of Canvas Prints
- Canvas Prints can last for a lifetime, often outliving photos and posters, which have a propensity to fade.
- Canvas Prints can be hung in almost any room - the tough material is great for humid rooms like bathrooms, where other materials would not do so well. They can also be rolled up, stored, and transported with ease.
- Canvas Prints are often the most affordable material to display art on.
Acrylic Prints have become a modern and trendy way of displaying your favourite artworks. Despite being slightly more expensive than artboards and canvas prints, many people are willing to pay for the unique effect acrylic printing has on their artwork.
Advantages of Acrylic Prints
- There is no question that there is a greater depth in colour on acrylic prints. The plexiglass or acrylic material accentuates the artwork like no other medium can.
- A relatively new form of printing, acrylic prints are harder to come by then canvas prints and artboards.
- Image Quality. A clear winner when it comes to preserving the original quality of the artwork. Pieces reprinted onto acrylic maintain the highest level of clarity.
Artboards are a fantastic way to display multiple pieces of art - either to make up one large artwork or to follow a theme in different layouts.
Advantages of Artboards
- Create Sets or Mix and Match. Artboards allow you to build up a beautiful theme wall, or mix and match several images and artworks you love.
- Without sacrificing quality, artboards often have minimalist frames and hanging options, keeping them affordable and all about the art they are displaying.
- Cover Large Walls. Perfect for filling up a large, plain wall - Artboards can give the impression of extending the art around the room.
3. Take Your Time to Plan
Don’t rush this step.
Once you have found the sort of art you like and any particular mediums that you prefer, it’s time to consider a few things.
Measure the space that you plan on hanging the artwork(s) in. It is no use if you order some art online and when it arrives it doesn’t fit where you want to hang it. We recommend using a tape measure and a very light pencil to mark where you want the corners of each piece to be.
Try to visualise how the room is going to look when the walls aren’t bare.
Will that piece work there?
Is there a more efficient way to use the space?
Would these pieces clash, and is this better in another room completely?
These will be a few questions that will need to be addressed. Remember to take your time!
As we have already mentioned, art shouldn’t break the bank. There are plenty of pieces out there that are affordable and moving! Sometimes the cheapest pieces are what we hold dearest.
Looking at art is often a visceral experience, and the monetary value of artwork becomes irrelevant to people if it strikes a chord with them.
Here at The Canvas Art Factory, we offer afterpay, meaning you don’t have to wait to buy that piece of art you have your eye on. Browse through our best-sellers and elect to make interest free-repayments over a longer period of time!
You should also keep an eye out for sales and discounts during holiday periods, where you can often get incredible value for your money.
4. Stick With Themes
Artboards and eclectic art walls are great, but to maximise their effects, try to stick to 1 or 2 themes per room. This will prevent the rooms from becoming busy and will enhance the art you have chosen!
You should also incorporate the vibe of the room into your decision when deciding which themes to go for.
For example, you may not want dark and ominous abstract acrylics in the bedroom or erotic art in living rooms.
The light blue paint of the hallway might work perfectly with some ocean-themed artwork, but not so well with large heavy canvases.
5. And Finally — Have Fun With It!
In the end, purchasing and viewing art is a personal journey, so you should take these things with a grain of salt. There are no set rules for decorating your home with art!
Spruce up your space in a way that makes you happy. Artwork has the ability to evoke powerful emotions and is something that should be considered by all home-owners!
We wish you all the best in your search for your next piece of art.