Tips for Choosing the Right Artwork for your Home or Office
Choosing the right artwork for your home or office is often easier said than done. There are a lot of things to consider, such as what colors, art mediums and styles you're attracted to. The choices you make can create the overall energy within the space, so you must curate pieces that reflect the atmosphere you're looking for.
It's important to consider:
What walls should feature artwork?
What colors / palette should you select?
What size and how many pieces of artwork should be hung there?
What height should the artwork be hung?
What frame styles should you choose?
There is no right or wrong way to choose artwork for your space. Your artwork should reflect the personality or the passions of the people living or working in the space. We'll share some of our best tips, room-by-room:
If you have a more casual space with an empty wall, opt for a gallery wall. For a more elegant or traditional approach, consider using all black & white images. For a more eclectic aesthetic, try mixing styles, such as graphic art, watercolor or hand-drawn sketches. For a bolder approach, larger artwork is a great way to fill space. Not sure about what colors to use? Look around! Take shades from any of your decor, or if you have a window looking outside, bring some of the colors you see indoors.
Since bedrooms are usually private spaces, you can opt for pieces or photos that are more personal, such as images of your family, children, or from a special event such as a wedding or vacation. If you don't want to use personal photographs, artwork featuring soft colors, serene nature scenes, or whimsical designs are best for creating a peaceful atmosphere. You can never go wrong with an oversized piece of art above your headboard! In your bedroom, however, less is more. Having too many pieces can create the feeling of "clutter," which can create stress.
Artwork in your child's room should reflect their personality and interests. If your child is old enough, ask them for some input! Opt for more age appropriate art or photographs, such as animals, cheerful designs, unicorns, sports games, planets, rainbows, transportation vehicles, etc. Consider the color of the artwork to compliment the rest of the space. For example, you can get a rainbow feature bright bold colors, or choose one with more subtle colors.
When choosing artwork for an office or commercial space, playing into the overall aesthetic is most important. What color palette will you go with? What is the overall design of the space? Is it more industrial, warm and inviting, nostalgic, modern, traditional? Boston Modern Staging & Design's head designer, Alyssa DiCenzo, takes her art installs seriously! For one of our clients offices, she opted to use personal "Boston art" to create a gallery wall. From editing the prints, to matting and framing the pieces and carefully laying out the final install placements, she added new life to a blank wall that not only featured some iconic local landmarks, but were captured by the client.