"Art is the most intense mode of individualism that the world has known." - Oscar Wilde

When it comes to choosing and displaying artwork, it's important to consider a number of factors to ensure that the piece complements the style of the room and enhances the overall aesthetic. From determining your budget to thinking about size and placement, there are many things to consider when selecting and displaying artwork. By following a few simple steps, you can confidently choose and display artwork that brings joy to your daily life and transforms your room into a place you love. 

So, if you're ready to say goodbye to bare walls and hello to beautiful artwork, this guide will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your artwork. In this blog post, we will provide a step-by-step guide on how to choose and display artwork like a pro. We'll cover everything from setting your budget and considering the style of the artwork, to choosing a frame and determining placement. We'll also discuss the importance of lighting and provide tips on how to group artwork to create a cohesive display.   

Choosing artwork is a personal decision, and it's important to choose pieces that reflect your own style and interests. Don't be afraid to take risks and choose pieces that may be unconventional or unexpected. Remember, art is a form of self-expression, and the pieces you choose should be a reflection of who you are.

Samantha White
Interior Designer

1. Set a Budget

It's important to determine your budget before you start looking for artwork so you can narrow your search to pieces that are within your price range. This will help you avoid falling in love with a piece that is out of your budget. By setting a budget beforehand, you can narrow your search to pieces that are within your price range, which can save you time and energy.

2. Consider the Style

The style of the artwork should complement the overall style of the room where it will be displayed. For example, if the room has a modern or contemporary aesthetic, you might choose abstract or minimalist artwork. If the room has a traditional aesthetic, you might choose more classical or realistic artwork. However, it's also okay to mix and match styles, as long as the overall aesthetic is cohesive and pleasing to the eye.

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3. Pick a Colour Scheme

The colours in the artwork can affect the overall look and feel of the space. Consider the colour scheme of the room where the artwork will be displayed, and choose artwork that complements or enhances the existing colour scheme. You can also use the artwork as a starting point for the colour scheme of the room or as an accent colour, choosing other decor items in colours that are featured in the artwork.

4. Think about Size

The size of the artwork can greatly impact the overall look and feel of the room where it will be displayed. If the artwork is too small for the wall, it can get lost and fail to make an impact. On the other hand, if the artwork is too large for the wall, it can overpower the space. It's important to strike a balance. By choosing a size that is in proportion to the wall, you can create a cohesive and harmonious look.

5. Consider Lighting

The lighting in the room where the artwork will be displayed can affect how the piece looks. Think about where natural light comes from and how artificial light will impact the artwork. If the artwork will be displayed near a window, it might fade over time due to sunlight. Picture lights are a sophisticated touch and are typically mounted directly to the wall above the artwork and are used to illuminate the piece and draw attention to it.

6. Choose a Frame

Artwork can be displayed as a stretched canvas (no outer frame) or within a frame, which gives the artwork a finished and more sophisticated look but also prevents the artwork from any damage. Float frames also known as shadow boxes or box frames, are a good choice for hand-painted artwork because they allow the artwork to be the main focus and don't distract from the piece itself, they also come in many different frame finishes to suit your interior.

7. Determine placement

Consider the height of the artwork in relation to furniture and other objects in the room. A good rule of thumb is to hang artwork at eye level, which is typically around 145cm from the floor. However, you can adjust this based on the height of the furniture and the size of the artwork. If you have a piece of furniture that is tall, you may want to hang the artwork higher to balance it out. On the other hand, if you have a piece of furniture that is low to the ground, you may want to hang the artwork lower.

8. Group Artwork

Consider grouping several smaller pieces together to create a cohesive display. This can be an effective way to create a focal point in the room. You can mix and match different types of artwork, or choose pieces that have a common theme or colour palette. You can use the grouped display to draw the eye and add visual interest to a particular area. This can be especially effective if you have a large, blank wall that you want to highlight.

9. Art Consultation

If you're having trouble choosing artwork or finding pieces that fit your budget and style, you might consider working with an art consultant. Art consultants are professionals who specialise in helping people find and select artwork for their home or workplace. They can provide a range of services, including finding pieces that suit your tastes and budget, and can also provide guidance on placement and grouping.

10. Overall Aesthetic

Once you've chosen the artwork and determined how you will display it, take a step back and consider the overall look and feel of the space. Make any necessary adjustments to the placement or grouping of the artwork, and consider adding additional decor items to enhance the overall aesthetic.


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