So you moved into a new place, bought all the furniture and now you are looking at those blank walls. You know something is missing but the idea of looking for art is daunting to say the least. Sound familiar? Well don't fret, fledgling art collector- I got you! Read on...
4 STEPS TO CHOOSING THE RIGHT ARTWORK
1. Assess your space
The first thing you need to do is narrow down the wall space in question. Are you looking for something for on top of the couch, over the dining table or in the bedroom? I would highly recommend tackling each space one at a time. This way you will make sure that you are not buying similar artwork all at once and that each space has it's own vibe.
Tip: Most people decorate their living rooms first. Think about which space you spend the most time in during your week and focus on it!
2. Decor & Mood
The right artwork can truly transform a space. It can bring a totally different mood and accent and compliment your decor and personal style. You need to consider how you want to feel when you walk into that room. Art can have a profound effect on our psyche and mood and it's important to think beyond inches and budgets when choosing it.
For example, artwork that is hung in the bedroom should put you in a different mood (*wink) than artwork in the dining area. Your decor too will vary within each room. Your space is your sanctuary and you should have full control of how you want to feel in your own space.
Tip: Look at the space through the eyes of an interior designer and ask yourself the following: Do I have any dominant colours that I would like to accent(eg. cushions, carpets) Do I want the piece to match or contrast my decor?
There are various ways you can arrange artwork. You could go with a large statement piece (perfect for living rooms); a pairing of two square pieces (works well in dining areas and bedrooms) or a gallery wall cluster (ideal for hallways and areas with pass-through traffic). Think about the space you have selected and choose an arrangement. This will determine how many pieces of art you will need.
Tip: If you are new to this I would suggest choosing an area with a single painting or a pairing to start.
4. Be Original
You are original, one of a kind, an individual...so don't even think about buying mass-produced prints. This is what I like to call faux-art. They are printed in huge, industrial facilities overseas for pennies and re-sold to us as 'art'. The big box retailers know that all they need to do is put a "certificate of authenticity" sticker at the back and people will actually fool themselves into thinking they are buying actual art. It is better to find and support a local artist in your community. Go to an art show, troll instagram, ask your friends. Trust me you can find some amazing, affordable pieces for a lot less than you expect. Bonus: they come with a story and you are supporting an actual human being and not a giant corporation.
Tip: Reach out on social media by searching for artists in your area or if you are in the GTA give me a shout.