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The Fine Art of Adorning Your Walls
Art does not have to match you décor to be effective. A mix of styles can be striking, but there are some rules that should be followed when selecting frames and colours. Art is one of the best ways to add drama to a room and is great for expressing who you are to visitors to your house. It has a strong visual impact so it is important to get it right. With so many styles and genres to choose from, it’s critical to take some things into consideration when selecting the best options.
The subject matter of your art will give your home a certain “feel”, so choose content that reflects what you want to convey. The work does not have to be the same period or style as the rest of your décor. In fact, sometimes mixing up periods can look the best. Play with textures in paint and don’t be afraid to create a contradiction in the room. A large contemporary piece in a room with formal architecture can be exciting. Art is subjective, so as long as you love it, it will work.
To contemplate your existing décor, select an artwork that picks up on at least one of the leading colours in your scheme. It does not have to be exactly the same shade, but it should be the same tone of colour. For example, if you have a deep purple cushion on the sofa, you could introduce an artwork with a shade of mauve in it as an accent.
The artwork does not have to be the same style as the rest of your room, but the frame should be. A very modern frame in a traditional room might be jarring to the eye, so stick to the same style, or at least try to pick up some elements in the room in the frame (the same colour timber as the dining table, for example). Consider non-reflective glass if the room has lots of natural light.
As a general rule, if your wall is long and narrow, hang a long and narrow shaped frame on that wall (or a series of long and narrow art works). This will help to make the room seem larger. Oversized artworks (that take up almost the entire wall) can have a big impact if you want to create an exciting visual display.
Art is a great focal point in a room, so usually the largest and most important wall is the best place to hang it. Above a mantel or piece of furniture is another good option. It may have more impact with art on just one or two walls – there is no need to fill every wall.
Once you have chosen an artwork, show it off by placing strategic lighting above or around it. Special spot lighting can highlight artwork, like in a gallery.
Source – Juliet Love, Stylist & Interior Designer