One of the biggest perks of having a space to call your own is that you can decorate it with art however you wish.
But there’s a lot more to art decoration than just hanging whatever you want on the wall.
There’s an art (yes, pun intended) to decorating your home with artwork, and you want to do it as thoughtfully and deliberately as possible.
And while there’s no right or wrong way to do it (it is your home, after all), there are ways to make sure you end up with a space you’ll be happy coming home to every day.
Here are our five expert tips for decorating your home with art you’ll love
- Take your time.
We know it’s tempting to decorate your entire home with art in one fell swoop, but we recommend you avoid that itch and take your time.
If you rush it, you’re likely to end up with pieces that you ultimately won’t be happy with. Spur-of-the-moment art purchases rarely work out the way you want, and you can waste a lot of time (and money) by buying art pieces on a whim.
Then there’s the fact that you often can’t see just how well a piece of art fits your home until it’s actually there. An artwork may seem amazing by itself, for example, but much less so when hung beside another piece in a room.
So take your time, go slow, and be deliberate with how you decorate your home. Avoid the temptation to fill all available spaces at once. Your future self will thank you.
- Find the right spots.
The thing about decorating your home with art is that the place it’s put in is just as important as the artwork itself.
An abstract piece of canvas art, for example, may not fit the style of your dining room but feel completely at home in your living room. Or perhaps you have a painting that feels off at the centre of your bedroom but looks absolutely perfect on top of your night table by the corner.
When decorating your home with artwork, remember that choosing the artwork is just the first step. Finding the perfect spot is just as important.
- Keep sizes in mind.
No matter how beautiful a piece of artwork may be, it may not work out in your living space if it’s not the right size. Too big and it can overwhelm your room and become a distraction. Too small and it could easily seem out of place.
Although there’s no hard and fast rule for what size of artwork you need in different living spaces, remember that size can make a big difference in how it looks and feels in your room.
But the good news is that there are many ways to play around with artwork sizes to fit your living space. You might find that two small artworks (artboard pairs, for example) do a better job at filling that empty space above your television than a single large artwork. Or perhaps a series of medium-sized canvas artworks are better at lining your hallway than miniature paintings.
- Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
Choosing themed artworks for your living spaces is all well and good. But don’t be afraid to mix up pieces and be playful.
Remember that you can experiment with different styles while still staying within a theme. The contrast you can create with mixing and matching pieces will not only make your home decorations livelier, but also vastly more interesting.
Have fun playing around with seemingly contrasting pieces – simple and complex, new pieces and family heirlooms, traditional styles of painting with post-modern artwork, bright pieces with dark…be bold and experiment!
The last thing you want is for your entire home to look uniform and identical – unless, of course, that’s the style you’re after. (If so, then by all means go for it!)
- Show your personality.
Above everything else, make sure your displayed artworks reflect who you are.
It’s your home, so choose artwork and pieces that resonate with you and let you express yourself or what your family loves. If you end up copying other people’s ideas exactly, you’ll be reflecting their personalities, not yours.
Use your artwork to reflect who you are, what you love, what makes your home truly feel like home.
Be inspired and find the perfect pieces
For most people, decorating homes with artwork is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s also a process that happens over time and seemingly never ends.
No matter how much art you need to decorate your home with, it’s all about finding the right pieces for it. Look around, be open, and find what works for you.
If you’re in the mood to explore ideas for canvas art in your home, feel free to browse through our bestselling pieces to spark your inspiration.