By Roelf Nel

How to Display Artwork

Artwork is used both as an accessory and a unifying element to tie a room together. Depending on the art that you chose, it will be the defining factor for an energizing, warming, or formal environment.

The use of artwork as an element of décor incorporates both colour and definition into a room.

Pieces of art help determine the focal point of a room and should be displayed so that they draw the eye progressively from and to the focal point of the space.

Artwork adds character and flair to a room. It distracts and defines the emotions and the mood that the intended space conveys.

Large artwork should be placed strategically as an attention-catcher. The wall where the art is placed should be relative to the size of the painting and large enough to allow for a good amount of wall space to frame the artwork and draw the eye.

To showcase your art and make it stand out, install lighting directly below or above it. In this way you highlight its colours, and the overall effect on the impact of the room is more significant than if hung without individual lighting.

To achieve a more dramatic effect, group paintings and create asymmetric arrangements. This is another way to catch the eye with a few small paintings, which would otherwise be hard to achieve if they were scattered throughout the room.

Paintings can also be set in a symmetrical series, spaced evenly apart for an ordered, clean look. Add interest with black and white images, or add depth and complexity with a gold leaf frame that features intrinsic woodwork.

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By Roelf Nel

Blending Art into a Home Décor Style

When choosing an art piece that you will cherish for years to come, consider the kind of art you like, does it suit your home décor, and where will it make the best artistic impression.

You can develop your art preferences by visiting museums, expositions, or galleries. These are great sources to explore your artistic boundaries, view home décor ideas, and get a grasp of the kind of art that you enjoy.

Both famous artists and local artists will have something different to offer, and in many cases, you will discover beautiful techniques in local artists that you would’ve never encountered in the better-known artwork.

Galleries have exhibitions on a regular basis, with special nights where the events are longer and larger. If you’re looking for inspiration, this is a surefire way to get it.

Once you have settled on your art piece, the next decision will be how to showcase the art to best highlight the décor, while still allowing it to have its own presence in the room. Finding a good spot is your first task. Have a second person help you decide where the painting looks best from a distance.

In many cases, an art piece will call for a place on the focal point wall. Sometimes, an art piece will look great in a spot you didn’t consider before, so when you test, make sure to try it out all the places.

Sometimes a piece of artwork is such a powerful eye-catcher that you might have to switch some furniture around to make it fit as well as possible.

A great way to showcase your artwork and make it stand out is to equip its surroundings with special lighting that will bring the eye’s attention to the piece of art. You can either use track lighting or hanging fixtures that are supported by invisible wire.

Another nice touch is to illuminate artwork from the bottom. This creates a dramatic look that adds quality and warmth to any painting.

Before you hang your artwork, make the necessary measurements so that it hangs directly at eye level. Sculptures should lie on the floor if tall enough to draw the eye, or be rested on a surface such as a side table or base that will raise it into sight.

Plan a few visits to your local gallery and home décor trade shows and explore the kind of art you enjoy.

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By Roelf Nel

Incorporating artwork into your home décor design

If you are asking an artist to help you match an art piece to your couch, you may get a bit of an earful. Your art piece is chosen, then the couch. Incorporating art successfully into your home takes a few observations that will ensure its proper placement. A well-added piece of artwork will not only grant your room a wonderful focal point, but it will help establish balance and harmony.

When you’ve selected a piece of art for one of your rooms, first make sure that the colours in the painting match or complement those in the room. If you use artwork that doesn’t relate to your room’s theme or colour scheme, you will have a hard time finding a suitable location and appreciating the effect of the art.

If you have a room that follows a black and white pattern, you will be better off selecting art that is either black and white or filled with bold colours like yellows, reds, and blues. In this case, if you go for an impressionist piece that has earthy tones and golds, you are likely to find it impossible to achieve harmony and balance.

Another important aspect of incorporating artwork into your home décor is decoration style. If you have a modern room, you’ll want to add art that inspires modernism. An artistic style such as cubism would be a wonderful addition to this type of décor. But if you use portrait art in intricate golden leaf frames, you are bound to be left with a room that does not inspire continuity.

It’s important to note that not all styles of décor are suitable environments for art as a focal point. A décor style such as tropical chic offers multiple patterns, dark woods, and individual elements that stand out and draw the eye on their own. Focusing too much on artwork in this type of décor can result in a poor investment of time, as this type of design naturally draws attention to itself. Any aspect could leave much of your artwork slightly unnoticed.

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How to Display Artwork
Blending Art into a Home Décor Style
Incorporating artwork into your home décor design