It can be difficult to know where to start when choosing an original artwork for your home. I suggest going room by room to avoid feeling overwhelmed. People are often put off because they think prices of original artwork will be prohibitive, but you don’t have to spend a fortune to furnish your walls with wonderful originals paintings.
Good news, it isn’t impossible to find original contemporary art for sale online that is affordable and beautiful. People fear making a mistake, wasting money or getting ripped off but the truth is that if you research art for sale and find an artist whos work that you love and whose art is affordable, the whole experience from buying to hanging will be so exciting.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing original wall art or paintings for your home.
1. Think about scale
It is always interesting to walk into a room where some of the elements within it are bigger or smaller than you expect them to be as it creates drama within a room.
2. Eye up your space
You do not have to fill every space in a room and in fact empty space is as important as the painting or sculpture. I think of it like a play where the pauses are as telling as the words and actions.
3. Be brave
Don’t be afraid of making a mistake. If you have the right artwork it will work anywhere and you can experiment. The key is good framing, lighting and placement. Art doesn’t always have to be flat. See the image to the left for something a bit different with tin foil sweet wrappers used on shelves. This kind of installation makes an impact from far way and close up and it is great when the art in your home create a talking point.
Framing or re-framing a work of art can completely transform the work of art and this takes some bravery on behalf of my clients when I take their loved artworks or photographs away and transform them.
When you can use non reflective glass as this will enable you to view the works at all times of the day with none or hardly any reflection.
Think about keeping the frame simple but using a colour that is already in the painting for the frame colour. For example go dark for the frame with a colour rather than keeping the frame white.
5. Hanging a work of art
It is important not to hang a work too high on a wall. This is a very common mistake. As a rule of thumb the centre of the work should be at eye height if there is no furniture in front of the work. If there is furniture in front of the work don’t feel you have to hang it to the centre of the wall from floor to ceiling as with high walls this will mean you will not be able to view the works very easily. Since you spend a lot of time in a living room , dining room and bedroom sitting or lying down, you need to be able to view and enjoy works of art from these angles as well.
6. Create a feature wall
It is fun to have a feature wall somewhere in your home and whether it’s the same artist or a number of different artists it doesn’t really matter what matters is that you love it. The great thing about a feature wall is that you can start with just one work and buy them over a period of time if budget is an issue.
7. Plan ahead
Mock up images of how the works will look before hanging them
This is a good way to see how all the art will look together in a space. It always helps to visualise things before the hammer and picture hooks come out.
8. How To Coordinate Wall Art
Arranging artwork can be stressful and overwhelming but it doesnt have to be. The trick is to know where and how to hang them and how many pieces to show in one place.
For example you could have a wall with a mix of coloured frames in various shapes and sizes but you could add a mirror to offer a sense of space between them. Why not mix photography with paintings too.
For example if you like botanicals, you could have gold frames with leafy shadow prints within them. You could also pair this with a bamboo style mirror because this has the same feel and style.