How to choose art for your living room

Getting it right

When you create a living room atmosphere, it’s wonderful to be able to find just the right kind of artwork to finish off that stylish look. How do people plan the finish of a room in order to make it look like every aspect is part of the overall design? The answer to this is to incorporate the artwork into the concept of the room itself during the design stages. This way accidental appearance is taken out of the issue, and everything within the room spells style. Before even considering that artwork, there are certain criteria which need to be followed to get the balance of the whole look correct and to help that presentation present your own individuality and style.


Step 1

Accent colors.

If you have never made a design board, now is a good time to start. Put the main shade of your walls and anything within the room on that style board, which can be in notepad form. Having all the main colors together in one place, helps you to see what colors go with the overall scheme and which enhance it, or clash with it. Carry this around when choosing the artwork you will display within that room.

Step 2


Measurements should be taken of all wall spaces where artwork is to be displayed. This is vital. Often people make the mistake of buying artwork which is too large or too small for a space. The ideal is to allow space all around the artwork so that it does not give an overpowering effect, and does not make the space look smaller. Conversely, images which are too small look ineffective and badly chosen.

Step 3

Deciding on texture.

The texture of a wall hanging is important. Wall hangings in fabric can look wonderful, though overstated if the overall look of the room already has strong fabric colors. If overstated, the room will look crowded, and in this case, artwork with minimal frames looks stylish and doesn’t take away from the featuring fabrics within the room space. If, on the other hand, the fabrics within that room are minimal, a wall hanging made from fabrics which show accent colors works very well.

Step 4

Deciding on frame or presentation.

When choosing framed art, look to see if this goes with your overall look. For a minimalistic look heavy wooden framing would be less suitable than that which has no molding and is flat — thus carrying on the minimalistic look. Frames play a huge part in presentation. Look for those which go with your existing color scheme, including the types of woods and metallic finishes you have introduced into the room already. Introducing mosaic frames is great when the room is lacking accent color and you wish to create a focal point.

Step 5

Accent colors.

Accent colors are very clever. These are colors which compliment the overall color of a room but which create focal points. If you have alcoves and want to draw attention to the artwork displayed there, what about introducing pictures in stunning color which make the bland background disappear. For people who are shy about boldness in paint colors, accented colors for artwork make the perfect compromise.

Step 6

Sets of pictures.

It is quite twee in this day and age to have sets of pictures, unless these are displayed in a unique manner. If you can draw a panel on your wall, and paint this another color, edging it with a frieze, often this brings the eye to the artwork displayed within it. A sponge or marble effect within the framework also adds to the look. Be careful that sets are not too overpowering. Avoid the cliche of hanging in straight lines as in the image, as this does nothing to draw the eye toward the artwork.

Step 7

Artwork ornaments.

To add to the finish of your room, choose ornaments which really do add a splash of color which goes with the overall look of the room. Try different placements until that ideal place is found to show off your artwork. Try not to crowd shelves with too much artwork, since this confuses those seeing it, and takes away visual impact.

Things Needed
• A color plan.
• Ideas of size.
• Ideas of style.
• Ideas of introducing accent color.

Tips & Warnings
• Never overstate artwork. If you display too much, the eye is distracted away from the substance of your display.


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