How to Choose the Right Artwork for a Room

Do you watch one of those popular home decorating shows on television and still don’t know what to do? Do you love the things you have collected over the years, but they feel “pulled together” or it’s as if something is missing and you can’t figure it out?

Here are a few pieces of advice for adding artwork to your room. Like other accessories, artwork has the potential of either being disruptive and jarring to the eye or adding that perfect touch to the room. You can find lots of books in stores today packed with the various “do’s and don’ts” of artwork. But of course, one author’s do could very well be another’s don’t, so it’s no surprise that decorating with artwork can be quite overwhelming.

There are many aspects to choosing artwork to complement your room, but if you get the two most important considerations right, you should be well on your way to achieving harmony and enhancing your room.

A formal portrait in oil would probably look a bit out of place in a casual family room. Also, those posters that adorned your bedroom walls as a teenager probably aren’t right for the living room. So the first step in choosing artwork for any room is to ensure that the piece blends with the mood and style of the room. Evaluate the artwork by asking the following questions:

Is the piece more appropriate for formal or casual areas?

While the formality of a piece can be modified to some extent with the type of frame and mat used, there are pieces which just won’t make the cut. Artwork should always enhance the mood of the room and also play a major role in achieving the appropriate mood.

Is the content appropriate for the room?

While some people suggest restricting depictions of food or dining scenes to the dining room or kitchen, you could also factor in each piece’s style, and each piece should be evaluated based on its own character.

The second factor in choosing artwork for your room is the shape and size of the area where the artwork will be displayed. As far as size, use the size of the wall space as well as the scale of the furnishings in the area as your guide.

When decorating your home, choosing the right artwork for the room would be a great finishing touch to your interior design or home staging efforts.

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