In todays day and age, it is easier than ever for anyone to paint their home, or to whimsically decorate to their hearts content. Home depot’s offer paint and other home improvement items directly to consumers, and there are thousands of different shades available to suit any preference. However, painting your walls will only get you so far. No matter how bright the paint is, a wall can still sometimes look empty and boring, regardless how hard you tried.
An easy way to spice up any interior is by using wall art. It is extremely easy to find whatever you have in mind online, and for those lacking inspiration, there are millions of images available after a quick internet search to find some. Wall art is more than just a decoration, it is an investment. It can be moved around a room with ease, and can be taken with you if you ever decided to relocate. However, there are certain do’s and don’t when choosing which wall art to use. We asked the experts from Art Frill for their top tips for choosing wall art and here’s what they had to say.
Consider the focal point
It is vital for every room to have a focal point. A certain feature or in this case, wall art, that draws the eye and gives the viewer an idea of what to expect as their eye moves across the room. So, when choosing wall art, make sure to include one choice that will feature as the focal point. It could be something that contrasts the colour scheme of the room, helps to encompass all of the chosen colours of a room or something that helps to add new colours into a room. Whatever it is, make sure that it catches the eye.
Use smaller pieces to create one big piece
A design that is becoming increasingly popular, is using many smaller pieces of wall art to create one big piece. This can be accomplished in several ways. Most stores will have one large design that is split up into smaller pieces for the convenience of simply hanging it up. Although, for those creatives out there who would like to be more original, try using contrasting colours or go for a black and white aesthetic to really make the pieces stand out when hung up on the wall. This works especially well when the chosen colours already contrast the colour of the wall.
Hang at eye level
When choosing wall art, consider that almost all wall art benefits from being hung at eye level. This is because it feels most natural for the eye to look ahead, then having to look up or down. If the piece is quite big then the center of the piece should be at eye level. Don’t think you are limited to position though. You can also hang at seated eye level. So, when hanging up wall art, consider which direction your chairs are facing and hang wall art on that wall, as it will definitely give whoever is sitting a beautiful view.
Be too random
While choosing wall art is incredibly fun, and you might be overcome with the desire to get as much as possible, remember to not be too random. It can be quite disconcerting for the eye to look at many different designs of artwork all grouped together. To avoid this confusion, you can group all similar designs together so that the theme is apparent. Another simple tip is to possibly paint the frames of each piece of wall art, in the group, the same colour. This will provide the eye with some continuity as it travels across the room.
Go too big
While it might be very tempting to get the biggest piece, either to just be done with it or to impress, this may not be a good idea. Very large pieces of wall art can be slightly overwhelming to look at, and instead of being the center of attention, it can cause those looking at it to divert their gaze. A good way to measure this is to ask yourself “Is this piece bigger than the furniture underneath it?”. Remember, you want the wall art to enhance your room, you most definitely don’t want it to drown your room. Bigger is sometimes not better.