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7 tips to choose a piece of art for the interior

Most people decorate their homes with artwork for the occasion – something bought, something given as a gift, something painted by a nephew… It may look nice, but it’s too chaotic. Now we will talk about how to choose artwork for home knowingly and systematically, creating a harmonious space in which art becomes an important accent.

Tip 1: Use artwork as a starting point

The ideal way to match art with an interior is to create an interior using art as the starting point for the design. In this case, paintings, drawings and sculptures can be surrounded by furniture and textiles in a complementary or contrasting way. You can invite a designer or think about the interior yourself, using the basics of colour science and fashion magazines.

Tip 2. Assess the potential of your art collection

Do you already have some paintings, sculptures or photographic works in your collection? Look at them as a separate phenomenon and evaluate them in terms of colour, style and size. Group the ones that fit best together – they’ll be in the same space and will create a mood. It’s quite possible that you’ll buy new pieces with your existing collection as a focus. Think about what kind of story you can create around them – about travel, freedom, passion, or, conversely, about the permanence of a quiet, cosy life?

Tip 3. Decide your preferences

Visit galleries, fairs, antique markets and art showrooms for new artwork ideas for your home. You don’t have to buy it immediately (it’s a bit scary, isn’t it?). First you have to find out what you like: traditional realism or modern art, still life or landscape paintings, oil on canvas or graphic art, ceramics or metal and so on. What colour scheme you prefer, warm or cool, calm or bright. If you live or work with a partner, choose your artwork together: it should be to everyone’s liking, not just one person’s. By visiting different venues and looking at the pieces directly, you’ll know what you want to buy first.

Tip 4. Buy art online, following the rules

You can also buy artwork online: online art marketplaces have a large selection of art for sale. It’s a modern and convenient way, but it has its own rules. Look through as many works as you can and find artists you like – you may buy more than one later. Pay attention to the materials (oil paintings, acrylics, wood or chamotte in sculpture), colours and sizes. You might need expert help in making your choice – the online art platform G.ART gives you all the advice you need. Think about it and buy a few pieces that will become the centrepiece of the interior – you can gradually add more works to them.

Tip 5. Think about the placement of artwork in the interior

It’s a fascinating business to place artwork in home interiors. What artwork will greet you at the entrance, what will it tell you about? What will be placed in the living room? It is often the heart of the home and here you want to make a dynamic accent, perhaps arrange a little provocation or a joke. How to choose good artworks for the bedroom? The standard advice is to choose “soothing” works, without being too aggressive, but this advice is not final, you can be original. Keep in mind zone, technical and visual, lighting, scale, and the mood that fills the corners of the house at different times of day.

Tip 6. Integrate new pieces into the interior with good planning

Above we have mainly discussed creating an interior and exhibit from scratch, but this is not always the case. Often a piece of artwork is introduced into an existing interior, which is more difficult in some ways, but easier in others. When choosing an artwork for your room, think about the style and colour scheme. Decide in what place you want to put your new work and what is missing – a fun accent, a calm large plane, or a series of six small paintings. Perhaps the saddest case – when you spontaneously buy your favorite work, and then confused walk around the house with it, because it does not fit anywhere. However, even in this case there is a solution – you can re-hang other works, think of a new composition, repaint the wall, rearrange the wardrobe, in general, to show imagination and determination. After all, no interior is created once and for life.

Tip 7. Show art at its best

Don’t overload an interior with art. Each piece has its own value, both material and emotional, and tells a story and should be presented at its best. Lighting is an important aspect. Paintings, especially watercolours, and graphics must be protected from strong sunlight, but also the objects must be well lighted. One solution is to provide directional light and special lamps. Frames are also a part of the interior and can organize and decorate it. Canvases can be displayed without frames while watercolours and prints require framing and special glass. Separate shelves or podiums may be needed for sculpture, ceramics and objects.

Tip 8. Fill art with emotion and memory

An interior with beautiful art pieces is not only visually pleasing and intellectual, but also saturated with energy and emotionally rich. To achieve the greatest effect, there is a very simple tip – buy art “as a memento”, connecting it to the events of your life. Looking at every painting, sculpture or tapestry, you’ll remember something good:

  • an interesting trip,
  • a crush,
  • your wedding day…

And then your art collection will truly be yours alone, individual and unique.