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From Blank Walls to Beautiful Spaces: A Guide to Transforming your Home through Art

Updated: May 21, 2023

Decorating an interior space can be a daunting task - how can we transform our homes in a way that truly reflects our personal style and enhances the overall look and feel of the space? With the right art, you can transform your home and create a space that is uniquely yours. But where to begin? In this guide, we'll walk you through the general guidelines for selecting and displaying art that will complement your space and enhance its overall aesthetic. So, let's get started! Here are some key rules to keep in mind when selecting art for your interior:

  1. Choose a Focal Point: When selecting art for your interior, think about creating a focal point in the room. A focal point is a point of interest that draws the eye and gives the room a sense of balance and harmony. You can achieve this by selecting one or two larger pieces of art that will serve as the centerpiece of the room, or by grouping smaller pieces together in a gallery wall arrangement.

  2. Play with Levels: Don't just display all of your art at one level in the room. A well put together space has different levels that add visual interest to the room. In terms of furniture, think: shelves at different heights, wall lights, sconces, plants of varying sizes, etc. In terms of displaying art, try displaying works at interesting heights and in creative places. It will look weird at first, but if you don't point it out to people, nobody will mention it. Try above doorways, leaning against a mantlepiece, at eye level when seated, or on a less obvious wall. See image above!

  3. Mindful Framing: For traditional or classical paintings, opt for ornate and wider frames with intricate details. Modern or abstract art can be complemented by minimalist frames with clean lines and narrow profiles. Your art should also reflect the style of your interior space. If you have a modern space, look for contemporary art that has clean lines and minimalistic designs. If you have a more traditional space, consider art that has classic subject matter and traditional framing.

  4. Placement is Key: In general, artwork should be hung at eye level, which is around 57-60 inches from the floor. If you're hanging a gallery wall, start with the largest piece in the center and work your way outwards. Make sure to space the pieces evenly and consider the negative space between the frames to create a cohesive look. Maintain a spacing of approximately 2-3 inches between artworks to allow each piece to stand out.

  5. Lighting: Finally, lighting is an important factor when it comes to displaying artwork. Make sure your artwork is well-lit so that it can be properly appreciated. You can use track lighting or picture lights to highlight your art, or simply position it near a window or another source of natural light. One option is the "House of Troy Advent Profile LED Picture Light," which features adjustable brightness and a swivel shade for precise beam control. It provides focused lighting that can be adjusted to highlight specific areas or details of the artwork. Alternatively, the "Rite Lite LPL601XL Wireless LED Picture Light" is a battery-powered option that offers convenience and portability. It has an adjustable head and can be easily installed without wiring, making it suitable for illuminating artworks in various locations.

  6. Consider Color: The colors in your artwork should complement the colors in your interior space. If you have a room with cool tones, such as blue or green, consider art that has similar cool tones. If your space has warm tones, such as red or orange, look for artwork with warm tones to complement the space. Meanwhile, neutrals like white, beige, and gray can be the perfect backdrop for bolder colors and can help balance out a room's color scheme. Keep in mind that you don't have to match the colors exactly, but rather look for colors that will create a cohesive look and feel in the room. Don't be afraid to mix colors and patterns: Mixing colors and patterns can add depth and interest to a room. Also use color to highlight architectural features like moldings, trim, or built-in shelving. A bold color on a built-in bookshelf can make it stand out and become a focal point in the room.

By following these guidelines, you can select and display artwork in a way that enhances the mood and atmosphere of your space. It can act as a powerful focal point and add layers of interest to the space. This can be achieved through the use of perspective, contrast, and the placement of objects in the room. Remember, art is a personal choice, so don't be afraid to trust your instincts and choose pieces that speak to you and your distinct style.

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