Wall art is often seen as a finishing touch to a room. It’s usually considered a way to balance out the colors or to make an empty wall look less stark after the furniture and the décor have been set up.
Thinking of art in this way is a mistake. It can be much more than an afterthought. In fact, it could be an amazing opportunity to do something remarkable when designing your home.
Wall art should be defined in the broadest possible way. Instead of merely thinking of it as an oil painting, it could also be canvas art, framed art, photography, textual art, drawings, wood wall art, or even a mirror.
Some Wall Art Ideas
Here are three quick ideas on what you could do with wall art.
- Use a large mirror with a beautiful frame. Place a large mirror in the living room to make it look chic. The mirror will create the illusion of space, making a small living room look larger. It will also distribute the light in the room better, making your living room look brighter, more cheerful.
- Use a vacation picture. Place it in your bedroom to remind you of your memorable vacation. Perhaps, you took a picture of Waikiki beach from the balcony of your hotel room. Look for art printing services that can enlarge it to an impressive size.
- Use a series of abstract art paintings to line the hallway. This art will add a splash of bright colors and bold, bewildering images to a rather nondescript hallway.
5 Reasons to fall in Love with Wall Art
If you’re still not convinced that wall art could play a significant role in making a room much livelier, here are 5 reasons to nudge you to change your mind:
- It is a subtle focal point. A cardinal rule of interior design is to have a focal point. Every room should have a single element that draws the visitor’s eye to it. Often this role is served by some large furnishing or freestanding art piece acting as a central piece. However, if you are looking for a bright, spacious, open look, adding a large object can make the space seem confined. Using wall art can solve these problems with the greatest of ease. A hanging tapestry in the dining room or a large oil painting in the living room would instantly offer a creative focal point.
- It adds more color. The right color palette can make all the difference to designing an interior. Choose the wrong colors, and things seem off-balance. Choose the right colors and everything seems to fall in place. Color is subtle. Only too often people aren’t aware of why they like or dislike a room. They don’t realize the impact color has on their mood and outlook. Usually, when trying to create the right color palette, designers rely on the colors of the wall and the furnishings.
However, it can be difficult to get enough color in a room with minimalist furnishings and décor made out of solid dark woods like mahogany and lots of glass tables and décor. Through the use of brightly colored wall art, it’s easy to introduce bold colors in a room without offending aesthetic sensibilities.
- It adds texture to a room. Wall art doesn’t need to be a two-dimensional composition. It could also be baskets, masks, a small embroidered carpet, or hanging wooden sculpture. Instead of everything look smooth and uniform, some 3-D wall art in a room will add interesting visual contrast.
- It makes a room look less stark. Think back on some of the most boring homes or apartments you’ve lived in. Perhaps, it was a college dorm room or your first apartment when you couldn’t afford to spend any money on prepping up the place. What made it stark? It was probably the white or off-white walls. The room looked as if there was something missing, but you couldn’t put your finger on it. The room looked unfinished. With wall art, your rooms will always have a finished, complete look.
- It creates a more stimulating environment. If you happen to collect unusual wall art, say originals or reproductions from a famous artist, then wall art can make a home much more interesting, a place to stimulate lively discussions about the deeper meaning of things.
Here are three things you should keep in mind when choosing your wall art.
- You must love it. When you choose your wall art, don’t pick anything you don’t love. Don’t pick something because of its size, color, or other superficial reason. It’s important that you choose art that inspires you, that’s upbeat, that has some meaning for you.
- You shouldn’t overdo it. Sometimes too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. You may get so enthused about wall art that you end up adding more and more decor to your walls. If you do, there will be a point where you’ll have overdone it. Instead of looking artsy, your home will look cluttered. Yes, wall art helps fill in blank spaces, but sometimes blank spaces provide breathing room, so to speak. So be moderate.
- You should refresh your collection. There is no rule to say that you can’t change your chosen pieces of wall art. Periodically, sell some wall art to buy new pieces to keep your rooms looking fresh and lively.