8 Tips For Choosing The Right Artwork For Your Home

8 Tips For Choosing The Right Artwork For Your Home

Even if you’re not an art lover, it’s hard to deny the power of art and the beauty and uniqueness it adds to the ambiance of any interior space. Art is life, and life is art. But art is more than a mere decoration—artwork can breathe life into homes and add value to them.

However, it is one thing appreciating the importance of art and quite another incorporating it successfully into your home. Are you an art lover sweating over what kind of art to add to your home? Are you unsure how to choose the right pieces? Read on to discover how you can really spice up your space!

1. Invest in art you love
First and foremost, you need to buy the kind of artwork you love—pieces that evoke positive emotions within you. You want to walk into your home, look at your living space, smile, and feel at home. Placing the art pieces you love around your home creates a comfortable space and adds to the room’s overall ambiance. Whether or not your choice of art will add value to your home should not be of prime concern at this stage, as long as you enjoy it. 

2. See what's available
Sometimes, to get the right artwork, you need to do a lot of searching to find options that are available. One great way of doing this is by getting out there and checking out what kind of art people exhibit. You can go online and search for art exhibitions in areas near you. If there are none, you can visit online galleries or take a virtual tour. Doing this allows you to expose yourself to different artwork forms and provide a variety to choose from.

“Variety is the spice of life.”

Through exploring various art styles and pieces, you can make a note of what is available, their prices, and whether you are interested in them.

3. Pick the right size
Not many people are aware of this, but picking the right size of artwork is very important. Art comes in various forms, shapes, and sizes, and the right size for your home will depend a lot on the space you can afford to spare. As much as you may love a particular piece of art, you do not want it taking up too much room in your home, as this can quickly turn it into an inconvenience. Take time to measure your wall or surface area and get the right dimensions before shopping so that you know in advance what kind of spaces you're working with.

4. Mix things up

With your newfound awareness of the variety of artwork available to you, you can be bold enough to try mixing things up in your art collection. Add in some old-school designs and formats with contemporary ones. There are various kinds of unique artworks to choose from, from art with cremation ashes, to artistic hanging lights—contemporary art goes beyond beauty to practical usefulness. You can complement your modern artwork collection with a touch of the old and antique to give your space interior a unique feel.

5. Create one or more focal points
Your living space can have more than one area that attracts people’s attention, or it can have just a single point of focus. The choice between the two should depend on your personal preferences, the types or number of art pieces you have, and the amount of space you have available. But no matter what your choice is, ensure all the design elements in your room complement the color scheme or theme of your interior. In addition to that, ensure that your artwork collection and decor pieces have some breathing space to prevent a cluttered appearance.

6. Color is important
To get the most out of your artwork choices, one thing you need to get right is the color choice. It is essential to select the kind of art that comes with some of your room’s more attention-grabbing design colors. Pick out a piece or several pieces with similar colors, as they will complement and add character and personality to your living space. To achieve this, consider the colors of your walls, curtains, pillows, furnishings, rugs, etc. These will guide you in picking art in the right color patterns that will best suit your home interior.

7. Content is important
Art is not only there to add beauty to a room; it also tells a story or sends a message. You should want the kind of art you keep in your house to tell a story or to touch other viewers as much as it did you. When purchasing your piece, consider the message it would send to your visitors—would it make them intrigued or uncomfortable? 

Always make sure that the artwork you choose stays in line with your character and tells the kind of story or conveys the meaning you want. Someone should be able to walk into your living space and tell a lot about your personality merely by looking at your art collection.

8. Presentation
Finally, you need to know how best to present your artwork. For example, if you purchased a framed painting or picture, you need to decide whether to hang it on the wall, set it on the floor to lean against the wall, or place it on a piece of furniture. When hanging it on the wall, ensure that it hangs at the right height—approximately at eye level. Try following the standard set by the art gallery.

It cannot be overemphasized how important it is to get the lighting right when showcasing an artwork. Setting your artwork in a dimly lit place will make it look muted and dull while losing its impact, so choose your lighting carefully to really make it shine.


Andrea Smith 7th & Palm was created to support giving away more time and resources to help others. Giving back 1% of our time, 1% of our profits, and 1% of our products at a bare minimum to the local and global community, 7th & Palm remains committed to a 1/1/1 giving pledge. YOU can be a part of that by shopping small and voting with your dollar! All artwork, stationery and greeting cards, prints, and home goods are created by artist Andrea Smith.
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