The selection of perfect paint colours and furnishings are fundamental to creating a beautiful interior, but these are essentially the backdrop to the all important layer of personality that will bring life to your home. Art is the perfect way to add your unique statement and without it no interior is truly complete. However selecting art can be challenging and people often find the whole thing quite intimidating, but it needn’t be, you don’t need to be an expert or spend thousands, here are a few of my tips to help demystify the task.
Choose with your heart
What you surround yourself with is an expression of your personality, it should not be over considered. There is no right or wrong choice, if you love something go with it, in this way it will be authentically you and stand the test of time. I always advise, if you see something you love, buy it, don’t let where you might place it be your decider, you will find the perfect place for it for sure.
Bling by Fanny Nushka Moreaux
Avoid trying to match art to your room
There is nothing really wrong with choosing art by colour and the chances are if you love the colours of your room you will probably be attracted to art which will compliment it anyway. Avoid getting ‘bogged down’ with trying to match it to your room though, as this will probably result in you choosing something that you don’t truly love and you will likely tire of it, plus if your choice is over considered it will lack impact.
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Consider your framing
Framing can often make or break a piece of artwork. It maybe that your art comes unframed or you may have bought secondhand and wish to reframe. It’s important that the frame doesn’t detract from the piece but enhances it. Framing contemporary art in traditional frames and vice versa for example, can add an unexpected twist that adds an interesting dimension. If creating a gallery wall, linking the artwork together via frames in different shapes and styles but in the same colour can really add character as well as cohesion.
Plus don’t underestimate the importance of good framing, especially if you have invested in the piece itself. If your art is less expensive and hasn’t come framed and you don’t want to spend a fortune ensure that the mounts are acid-free, most cheaper ones aren’t, or the artwork will discolour very quickly and the whole thing will be an expensive waste of time.
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