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8 Great Tips for Choosing Artwork for New Homes

March 22, 2017 12:23 am

Buying new homes is a big part of the American Dream. It’s wonderful to own your own home because you’re able to change it to suit your lifestyle and your tastes. One of the most important ways to make your house a home is to select artwork that complements your furnishings and expresses your personality. Choosing the perfect wall decor can be a challenge, however. It can be a challenge to integrate different artists and mediums into your overall decorating scheme. New homes can present a particularly large challenge, especially if you’re trading up to a larger home, because there is so much pristine wall space to fill up. Never fear. Here are 8 surefire tips for selecting artwork that will make your home the envy of your neighborhood:

Choose the Right Place

Not all walls are created equal in new homes. When you’re choosing where to place your art, start with the walls that are most visible, and use them to display the most striking and interesting artworks you own. Don’t depend on the artwork to do all the work.  Look for spots in the room that naturally draw attention, and place artwork that’s worthy of the location. Beware clutter on the walls in showcase locations. Signature artwork looks best if there’s some blank space around it. The mantel is a great place for your favorite art because it is an obvious centerpiece for the room.

Vary Art Types

When all your artwork is the same, it can mute the effect the art has on the room. Try framed photographs on one wall, combined with canvas artwork on an adjacent wall. Keeping the art varied helps keep it from all blending together, and is sure to draw more attention to individual pieces. There are lots of different textures to play with when choosing how to decorate your rooms. Draw inspiration from everything to get that perfect look to make your house speak to you.

Match Frames to Furniture

The frames you choose for your artwork are as important to the rooms in your new homes as the artwork itself. If you’ve got wood flooring, you’ll want to use wood frames that match the floors. If you’ve got gold lamps, try gold frames around your art. Using artwork that complements the furniture can create a bridge between the artwork and the room. Tying your furniture to your art creates a complete look that lets your personality shine.

Match the Art to the Wall

Your wall’s shape should complement your art. If you’ve got a narrow vertical wall, use a narrow vertical portrait. If your wall is long and horizontal, use one long horizontal piece of art or several smaller pieces of art. When you accentuate the shape of your wall, you not only create a look that fits, but it can make the room feel larger and more spacious.

Don’t Let Architectural Style Limit You

Regardless of the architectural style chosen for new homes, it’s possible to incorporate almost any style of art. Using contemporary art in your traditionally styled room can have a great impact, sometimes greater than a traditional style of art. Likewise, using traditional landscapes in your contemporary room creates the same effect. Choose the art that speaks to you and place it thoughtfully, regardless of the room’s design.

Color Matters

When choosing the art for a room, consider the science behind colors. Light blues and greens create serene environments that go great in rooms reserved for resting or relaxing. Active rooms for activities like exercise can be decorated in reds to raise the energy level and get the blood pumping. Kitchens, dining rooms and bathrooms are good for yellows and other bright colors to communicate happiness and energy.

Match Your Lighting to Your Art

Once you’ve chosen where to place your artwork in your new home, move your portable lighting around, or even install new lighting like track lighting. Making sure your art is well-lit draws attention to the art you’ve chosen and creates a warm space for visitors to enjoy. There are many ways to make sure your art is properly lit, just play around with the style that suits you and your room.

Avoid Glare

If the artwork for your new homes is framed with a glass overlay, you’ll need to be careful about placing them too near windows. Placing art across at certain angles from nearby windows can create glare that can turn your prize painting into a mirror. If you feel that the spot across from the window is the perfect place for an art object, you can hang unglazed canvas art there. Framing studios also carry non-reflective museum glass that will minimize glare for a few dollars more than regular glass.

Art is the perfect way to personalize new homes. Selecting and displaying artwork is a lot of fun, and it’s more affordable than many other decorating projects, because you can build your collection over a lifetime.

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