No Place Like Home: The Fusion of Art and Interior Design

by Aileen Mitchell 19. November 2014 15:27

Artwork in the home is more than simply hanging up a picture. A good piece of art can create a tone, set the mood, evoke emotions, or add emphasis to a particular space. Equally, it can be the spark which lights the flame of a room's design or become the piece de resistance, which gives it that final flourish.


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In recent years, wall art has become increasingly popular, and more and more people have opted to buy artwork as an aesthetic enhancement or sound investment (or both) for their homes.

In particular, canvas art has become the artwork of choice for both new and veteran collectors, and although some of them can be quite pricey, a sizeable portion of them are more than affordable. This is primarily a direct result of using print, which cuts down on the initial cost.

It can often be tricky to find a piece of art which compliments the ambience and feel of the room - but there are a few simple things you can do to help you get the balance just right.

Colour Scheme Match

To be able to pick out artwork that will work in a particular room, you have to know what the colour scheme is. Generally, it's a good idea to pick an artwork that that enhances and compliments the colour scheme of the room, without being too overpowering or detracting from it.

If you opt for an interior design which is full of neutral colours and sleek lines, artwork that adds a vibrant splash of colour would be a great choice. Alternatively, if you've gone for a room that's filled with colour, then a contrasting art piece, which has very little colour will complement the design of the room.

Another good idea is to take samples of the colours in your room, so you can mix and match them against specific art pieces, giving you the opportunity to find a good match.

Match Artwork

Turning our attention to the specific piece of art, it's important to point out that there's a huge range of styles to choose from - abstract, landscapes, flowers, portraits and many more. It's therefore important to ensure the theme of the picture doesn't clash with the theme of your room.

An oriental floral canvas won't work in combination with a nautical-themed room, any more than a lighthouse landscape will work with a room decorated with an Asian ambience.

Bottom line is, if it doesn't match the interior design of the room, you shouldn't buy it.

Match the Wall

The most important aspect of choosing your artwork is knowing where you're going to hang it - so measure the exact dimensions of the space.You need to choose a canvas which matches the size of the wall, as one of the biggest mistakes is buying artwork that's either too big or too small for the room. Too big is just overpowering for the space, too small just leaves it lost in a sea of space.

Choosing the Style

The style you choose will depend on three key things: the room itself, the design and your personal preference. You should have a good idea of what you're looking for before you go perusing the art shops.

For example, a large art piece can make for a big, bold statement in a space with a large open wall, and panelled art - usually of three, although using more can work well too - is particularly good at filling a room and drawing the eye to the artwork.

As with all decisions, when it comes to synchronising art with interior design, you should look at the art and consider the best way to showcase it within the space.

Create Something Yourself

It's also conceivable that, if you can't find something that represents the mood and spirit you're trying to create, you could always create your own piece of art. 

Particularly with canvas art, it can be relatively easy to make something unique and interesting of your own, which further enhances the individuality of the room and puts your own special, artistic stamp on it.

At Art Gallery, we have a huge selection of affordable, original art by a raft of talented British and international artists, showcasing a myriad of styles - many of which will be perfect for your home.

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