Art is not the first thing most homeowners think about. It’s usually furniture and paint, then window coverings, then art. That's normal. I do that too. I want to make sure everything is arranged and the colors jive before adding the finishing touches, which is art and decorative objects. Here are six ways you can use art to finish off your spaces.
1. PAINTING AND PRINTS. If you’re going to get wall art, I’m sure you’re going to pick something that is unique and strongly inspires you, no matter the price, right? Mmmmmm, not really. A lot of homeowners purchase wall art that’s cheap and colorful. That’s like a punch in the gut to artists trying to make a living from creating art that take hundreds of hours, careful color considerations, composition, schooled techniques, and expensive materials. But don’t feel bad, it’s not like the average artist decorates their whole home with priceless art either.
So yes, you can get original priceless art. AND you can also get prints of that original priceless art too! Most prints won’t come the same size as the original and that okay. Maybe you can only afford an 8x10 print. Save up for a frame that makes that art look important! Oversize the matboard around it and get an appropriate frame to match your room theme and viola. It’s just became the focal point of the room.
2. PHOTOGRAPHS. You can certainly purchase that stunning shot from that artistic photographer from Italy because you might not ever get there.... AND you can also get family portraits done- or pet portraits, or house portraits, or special occasions etc. Please try not to get those multiple photos in one frame sets from Walmart. Frame them each separately and hang them in photo wall display in your living room, dining room, office, or hallway. They don’t even have to be the same frame….maybe you want to have a monochromatic color theme or maybe you want black and white theme, or maybe a super modern theme. There’s so much you can do when you frame the photos separately. Whatever them you choose make sure it matches your personality and what you’re doing with the rest of the house. So if you have a bunch of photos, multiple frames is the way to go. If you want those photos to not get ruined…please follow my framing advice here.
3. METAL AND WOOD. A more popular trend these days is bringing outside art, inside. I’m talking about metal and wood art. There are some stunning beautiful creations out there for you to get creative with. Make sure you know which wall you want it on before you purchase so you don’t end up with an oversized or undersized art for your wall.
4. SCULPTURE. Most people imagine sculpture on a pedestal on the floor. But you can also put sculpture on your wall, sometimes in frames, sometimes directly on the wall.
5. KIDS ART. There’s two ways you can use kids art for your home. You can buy art for your kids room AND you can use your own children’s art in any other room. If you’re going to use your children’s art as décor in your hallways, you can make it look like modern art by making the matboard surrounding it to be about 4 to 6 inches wide, and then getting a simple modern frame for it and hanging it in pairs, trios, or in any other group display which will make anyone a proud parent (and kid!). I know for kids, hanging artwork in any frame and putting it on the wall is super exciting, but choosing to frame it in an adult way and putting it in an adult room or hallway entrance as a feature piece will nearly make your kids pee their pants.
6. MURALS. Murals have this insane influence in making you feel like you’re somewhere else. In order to achieve what you want, it’s important to get a professional to do this for you. Yes, it is expensive and it’s not for everyone but if it’s what you really want, you may need to consider payment options with the artist or just saving up for it. You could also have a chalkboard wall that you can change up if you’re really creative (or have kids who are). My favorite interior mural artist right now is Dan Roots. He paints these oversized mandalas and characters with spraypaint in a sort of graffiti style. Murals are truly one of a kind, and personal to you.