Artwork around one’s place create contradicting feelings of either not knowing what to choose or the opposite of wanting it all. Many who are in the process of decorating their place understand intuitively that the right artwork could change the atmosphere, and add charm. Still, that understanding does not help with the fact of not knowing exactly what to hang on the walls. Nevertheless, not everyone possesses that prediction of what artwork would fit the best. Frankly, that is normal to wander through websites, furniture stores and art markets in uncertain feelings, as not all of us are interior designers. Yet, if one believes in his sense of style and has a desire to decorate the place with no outside help, all one needs is a little extra knowledge to support the right decision. Therefore, in this guide, we will mainly focus on the ways that provide a clearer vision for those who are in search of the perfect artwork.
The first step, when space already has a couch and a dining table but missing that aesthetically pleasing art piece that would be the subject of many social gathering discussions, is to figure out the vision and to find the sources of inspiration. Good old research should help to collect some ideas, but most importantly we must trust that inner switch that turns on as soon as we see a canvas or photograph that affects the imagination. The same approach of trusting your heart at first should be applied wherever you are choosing a piece for a bedroom or a kitchen. After the ideas are collected, the list of favorite photographers and artists have been created, it is the right time to proceed with a more precise description. You can always include such details as the size of the walls, the color scheme, the combination of, for example, antique and modern, eclectic or minimal. In general, what you want to do before you make your first purchase either on a flea market or at a studio is to have a clear idea of what piece would go to which room. It is also necessary to understand whether the art in your place is simply an addition to the rest of the decorum or you purchase it, take care of it with the mindset of a collector. As Vogue UK highlights, “Collecting art is about appealing to the heart as much as the head. After all, it’s not like buying a pair of shoes that will one day wear out, art is something that you have to be willing to hang on your wall and look at for a lifetime.”
Just as this rule works in fashion, it can also be applied to interior design. If one’s attempts are to create a space that would reflect the spirit, interests and ideas of the owner, then there should be no fear of mixing and matching different pieces and perhaps opposite styles. Also, another factor to pay attention is that an artwork in the room can differ in its aesthetic from the rest of the pieces. It should, however, have some common idea that connects each item, yet it doesn't have to be obvious. The more eclectic the appearance of the room in a combination of furniture and art, even if you pick neutral minimal colors and simple shapes, the more uniqueness it reveals.
If we look at the piece bellow by the artist, Jack Coulter, who expressed music through paint, we could find this example as the expressive, unique piece to hang above a sofa chair in a living room. Such an artwork not only attracts attention, but it also fills the room of gathering with that positive energy.
As a contrary example for the bedroom, the chamber that is created for peaceful restoring hours, the artwork is suggested to be less expressive, less colorful, like the other piece below by abstraction artist Rose Umerlik.
The process of choosing the right artwork cannot be the one that is completed in a day. Contrarily, it shall be the slow savoring activity of researching local artists, visiting studios and galleries, drawing inspiration from the masters of the past and discovering new, yet unknown photographers. One tip that could help to achieve the pleasant visual flow if to own not only one but a few works of the same artist. It is the process that is as unique and sometimes unexpectedly spontaneous as the final result on the walls. Who, after all, wouldn’t want the glances of appreciation when guests see the decorated wall in the living room when they feel the touching hand that hanged that meaningful piece in a guest bedroom? Also, deciding to dive into discovering local artists, one supports cultural development in the city. The artworks on the wall should have meaning behind them. They, to make the place to appear in a vogue way, shall have a history, even if that is your personal history of how you found that sketch or a photograph during a random flea market visit in Paris.
+ Words: Maria Kosmann, Contributor at Luxiders Magazine
Maria Kossman is a creative writer, essayist and blogger based in Edmonton, Canada. Passionate about sustainable living, minimalism, traveling, and anything antique, she focuses on advocating life that is inspiring, mindful and elegant.