After a home has been given a thorough cleaning, and all necessary repairs have been made, a home owner can move onto the next stage – decorating and personalizing the home. Art is a great way to enhance the visual appeal of any interior, and give a home a personal touch. In addition to personalizing a space, art also adds an element of colour, acts as a source of inspiration, and can be an easy and quick way to redecorate as it changes the entire vibe of a room.
There is no such thing as a piece of art which is universally recognized as ‘good’ – rather, art is good or bad according to the preferences of different people. Any piece of art that has a positive, uplifting effect on your spirits is good art, and it is essential to choose art that speaks to you and your family, since you will probably look at it everyday. Since art is usually an expensive investment, it is best to put a great deal of thought and research into it before you decide to spend money on it.
In addition to choosing art that you love, you need to make sure it goes with the existing decor and ambiance of your home. In order to make it blend seamlessly into the vibe of the house, you can also opt to get it framed yourself, so you can tailor it to suit your home.
Given the wide array of art out there, selecting a single piece can be a daunting and overwhelming process. However, there are a few basic things you can keep in mind when choosing art for your home.
Be sure you love the piece of art as a whole
When buying art for your home, not only do you need to ensure that every member of the family likes it, you also need to make sure you love all aspects of it. Do not buy a painting simply because you love the colours, or because you like the objects that are portrayed in it – make sure you enjoy everything the painting has to offer, from the subject to the colour scheme and the symbolism. It is also not prudent to invest in art simply because you want to fill up an empty space in your house. Buy art only when you are exceedingly attracted to it and thus driven to purchase it.
Remain within your budget
Unless you are a billionaire, or an avid art collector, there is no need to shell out big bucks for a painting. Buy art that speaks to you, and that fits in with the ambiance of your home – however, do not feel compelled to spend a fortune on decorating (unless, of course, you can afford to).
Choose appropriate pieces for specific locations
Choose art that fits in with the location where you wish to place it, in terms of theme, colours, and size. Pick larger, mural type paintings for wide, spacious rooms, and more compact pieces for smaller rooms. For rooms like the bedroom, pick soothing, calming pieces of art, and for rooms like the living and dining room, choose more vibrant art which can also serve as a conversation piece.