Choosing the Perfect Painting for the Bedroom

by Aileen Mitchell 31. May 2017 11:37

Homes are our modern sanctuaries and the room that should most reflect this is, of course the bedroom. It is the most intimate household space, a place where one should feel relaxed, inspired and safe. Whether your bedroom is a spacious and light minimalist affair, filled with Moroccan fabrics and incense, or a lavish velvet boudoir, choosing art for the bedroom is a detail ridden journey in terms of matching the mood of the room and promoting a harmonious night’s sleep.

Psychology

Psychology suggests that imagery has a healing effect on mood. According to Elaine Poggi, founder of The Foundation for Photo/Art in Hospitals

The mood changes when our beautiful nature photos are placed on the walls, providing colour, comfort, and hope to patients, caregivers, and loved ones.

It stands to reason, that surrounding ourselves with positive imagery will encourage mental wellbeing. A solitary figure depicting closed-off body language may consciously or unconsciously evoke feelings of loneliness, vulnerability or sadness. Your bedroom is your private sanctuary, and you deserve to feel safe and at peace.

Lost Within Oneself 3  by Paul Turner
Lost Within Oneself 3 by Paul Turner

Though the bedroom is an ideal spot for a nude, this painting carries the risk of amplifying feelings of vulnerability or loneliness.

Away from domestic distractions – loading the dishwasher, ensuring the kids have brushed their teeth, emptying the litter tray – the bedroom may be the only space to enjoy a few moments alone or with a partner. Therefore, it’s a good idea not to select a painting that will be too distracting or discordant (definitely no Where’s Wally!). Although art should make us think, we must also be able to switch off from it.

Finding harmony

The key to creating harmony in the bedroom is choosing a piece of art based on personal taste: what makes you feel relaxed?

If you’re a city slicker, chances are an image of the London rush hour won’t help shut out the stresses of the day. Likewise, though some may find views of the ocean soothing and calming, it may be prove stressful and lonely for others …

Depictions of nature are generally considered to evoke pleasant, relaxed feelings – wild flowers dancing in the breeze, fluffy clouds on a summer’s day, lambs prancing through open fields. Whilst a sunset will help prepare your brain for sleep, a sparkling sunrise will energise the mind and body for a brand new day with infinite possibilities. These natural images may be particularly tranquil, soothing, calming and beneficial to those who spend their days in busy environments with limited exposure to these evocative and atmospheric images.

Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb
Sunset Beach by Graeme Robb

A sunset can put the day’s events into perspective; we can always try again tomorrow. After all Pablo Picasso famously said,

 “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.”

Placement

Humph Hack - artist, art expert and our Art Gallery Curator - gives some great advice not only on the style of art but making sure it has the best setting,

“The bedroom is a private place. Erotic art will be the choice of some. For others images which offer calmness will lower blood pressure and aid sleep.”

Thinking about the setting Humph adds,

“Works on canvas without frames are quite light, but framed works can be much heavier. Make sure your fixings are secure. Don’t hang works over radiators, canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time.”

According to the Feng Shui Society,

‘The idea is that we all respond to our environments… our response to the atmosphere of each room may influence our mood, thinking, energy levels and more.’

Influences can include colours, natural light, plants and images. Whether you believe in this ancient discipline or not, it can’t hurt to keep it in mind when planning and designing your bedroom.

If sharing your bedroom with a partner, feng shui suggests choosing multiple pieces of artwork which relate to each other. This conveys a message of a shared relationship, shared likes and complementing each other’s taste. Of course, it’s essential to communicate with a partner when buying art. What one person simply regards as an interesting piece may unwittingly create a conflict with their partner. 

Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore
Spring Equinox #2 Diptych by Lucy Moore

This dual-part piece works as two standalone artworks, whilst also complementing each other as a pair.

We are most vulnerable in our own homes at the moments we wake up and fall asleep, so when considering feng shui you may find that your current art isn’t suitable for the bedroom. If you’re particularly attached to a particular piece, consider moving it to another part of the home where it won’t have such a detrimental effect on your subconscious.

According to Twyla Tharp, ‘Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.’ We believe everybody should have access to outstanding art. In addition to creating a harmonious haven in your bedroom, by choosing you art at Art Gallery you will be supporting independent artists - and may even end up acquiring a future auction piece! With over 33,000 works for sale and prices ranging from £50 to £5000, we’re confident you’ll find a painting you’ll love at a price you can afford.

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Finding the Perfect Painting for the Living Room

by Aileen Mitchell 22. May 2017 09:32

Where would we be without some art in our lives, a painting perhaps that speaks to us? Art is wonderful. Art is freeing. Art is the essence of life distilled to its purest form, a form that has many different faces and many different outlets.

Art can bring people together, or it can cause debate and discussion. What’s incredible about art is that whilst one person may see one thing, another could see (or feel – much art is about the feelings that are created in the viewer) something entirely different, and neither would be wrong.

Grafitti street art mural painting

There are many interpretations of ‘art’.

Art is a way for us all to be equal; if no interpretation can be wrong, then they must all be right.

Yet there is a big difference between interpretation and aesthetics, and choosing the right painting for your living room needs to be done on something more than a feeling – although this will, of course, come into it.

Humph Hack, Artist, Art Expert and our Art Gallery curator gives some great advice.

"The choice of a piece of art is a very personal matter. Visitors will always admire work of great skill. Others will be wowed by a striking image. However, by definition, the things you wish to “live” with might be calmer and offer a reassuring view of the world, nature and humanity."

Define your goals - why do you wish to hang art?

Understanding what you want to get out of the painting you choose for your living room is really important.

Are you planning to use art to express your personality to your friends and family? Are you installing the painting simply because you love art and want some in your home? Are you using the art to cover up some issue with the wall in your living room (it happens)?

Thinking about why you want the painting will help in working out what you want it to look like and, perhaps, say.

Size

Getting down to the practicalities of installing a painting in your living room, size will need to be considered - the size of the room vs the size of the painting you are planning to hang there.

Too big a painting will usually dominate your room, but there are some exceptions - if the purpose of the artwork is to create a huge statement then a dominant piece will work. Typically, however, the art will want to blend in and complement the space rather than "being" the space itself. 

Too small and it will barely be noticed which, when it comes to a great painting, is a travesty. There is little point in hanging art in your living room if no one is even going to spot it there.

The space in which the artwork is to hang is key. The more "white space" there is around a painting, the calmer, more relaxed the feeling in the room will be.

If it is too crowded, too big for the area of wall you have chosen, hemmed in by a TV or bookshelves or other pictures then the room will feel too busy - the art itself will be subsumed and the room will feel busy and cluttered.

Living room apartment graphic with large piece of abstract art

A huge artwork can dominate a room - which needs careful planning. 

A big painting in a small room will be difficult to appreciate as you won’t be able to see the full effect. Some paintings are made to be admired from a few feet away, and if you don’t have the square footage to do that, you will need to look elsewhere for your art.

Humph also adds some other points to consider,

"Don’t hang works over radiators or frequently used fireplaces. Canvases in particular don’t enjoy the heat. Similarly, direct sunlight is a no-no. Even the very best of materials will fade in time."

Subject matter

Your living room is a public space when it comes to friends and family. Bedrooms, studies, they are another matter, but your living room needs to be a place where people feel comfortable and welcome.

So picking a painting that is suitable for all should be at least something to think about. You don’t need to find something that everyone will like – art is entirely subjective, after all – but something that won’t offend, upset or frighten guests is a good idea. But don’t be afraid to pick a painting that matches your personality too.

Budget 

As with all things, your available budget will also point you in the direction you need to head in to find the ideal painting for your living room. Unless your funds are unlimited, your interior design ideas may need to be watered down somewhat. But that shouldn’t mean you have to compromise on your art.

There are some truly beautiful paintings for less than £50, and their effect in your living room will be no less impactful just because they cost less than you might think.

Conclusion

Choosing the right painting for your living room should be fun, not stressful. Make sure you stick to your budget, that you’ve measured the space you want to hang it in, and that you’re not going to clash with your colour scheme, and your living room will soon look stunning.

So what’s stopping you? Art should be in every home, and a painting in your living room is an excellent start. Use our search facility to find the piece that is perfect for your living room and budget.

Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante
Burning Bright - a tiger in a glowing forest by Gill Bustamante

Images 

https://pixabay.com/en/graffiti-mural-street-art-painting-508272/

https://pixabay.com/en/living-room-apartment-graphic-1643855/

 

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Malvern Theatres - May / June Exhibition

by Humph Hack 14. May 2017 14:30

The one thing I have learnt from curating exhibitions at Malvern Theatres, is that the theatre-going public will always take the time to study the works on show. They come to see a play, watch a film or just use the popular Bistro, although increasingly, some come just because they know there will be new work to look at. To encourage customers and support practising artists it’s possible to buy via an – OWN ART – interest free loan; an Arts Council initiative. The choice of artists on show tends to be a mixture of works from artists never seen before in Malvern and other paintings from those with a proven following; nothing too “way out” or too “traditional”. All the works are intended to encourage dialogue.

David Shiers, has a proven track record of sales over a number of years. He has shown successfully in the theatre before. He travels from the Wirral, where he lives and has his studio. He has worked in various studios as a Graphic Designer and Illustrator, exhibiting widely around the country. The only tuition he ever received was from attending Liverpool College of Art life drawing classes. He now paints mostly landscapes, and architectural subjects. The paintings are all about capturing the light, atmosphere and essence of a subject. Although he works in a wide variety of media, all the works in this show are in oils.

Jill Lloyd has also shown in the theatre before. Based in Herefordshire, she paints avidly and with passion and says she feels 'driven to paint'. Her works are a celebration of the joy of nature and of colour. This liveliness is very apparent in her work. She uses brush and palette knife to produce her pictures. She has a great love of colour and whilst she likes to paint traditionally, finds herself drawn to abstracting her work and painting in an Impressionistic style. Her interest in the coast is influenced by her upbringing in Lytham St. Annes. Jill’s work is now owned by collectors across Europe and further afield.

Nineke Havinga was born and brought up in the Netherlands, but has lived in the UK for more than 20 years. Her passion for painting actually started when she moved to England. The beautiful landscape, very different from the land of her birth, inspired her to begin with watercolour. She then moved to work in acrylics, which are a very versatile medium. They dry quickly, which means she can overpaint again and again, adding new colourful forms and shapes. She says that her paintings can be of any subject as long as the end result is colourful and often abstract. Her aim is to provide a starting point from which the viewer can follow his or her own imagination to a personal interpretation. This is Nineke’s first exhibition in Malvern.

For an artist, being in an exhibition is not just about sales. For many, it is also the opportunity to see their own work displayed together, and for the chance for their art to be seen by the public. In both cases, there are few better places to exhibit. Thisexhibition is open every day, throughout the day, until 1 July.

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