While many approach the issue of coordinating a room from the opposite direction of paintings coming in after everything else has been decided, understand that wall art can be some of the most striking visual elements of the room. In fact, paintings should be centered at eye level to further enhance the focus that they have for the viewers in the room.
Picking the Right Size
A good rule to follow is to have the artwork cover roughly 2/3rds of the wall. This can change your options depending on the actual size of the wall itself, but it should give you a great idea of just what you can add, and in what combination. Most homeowners decide to go with more modern art prints for their walls, which can bring some nice variety and pattern work to the table while having very customizable sizes for canvases and frames. On the topic of frames, you may want to choose a frameless look for your wall art, as it gives you more visual real estate, and more “pop” against a white wall.
You Can Combine Pieces for an Easy Wall Decoration
As mentioned, size is important, but that doesn’t necessarily restrict you to larger paintings. Bigger wall art tends to run into more expensive pricing, but a combination of smaller pieces may help you to achieve the look that you want at a lower price. Multiple pictures don’t always have to be aligned into a “grid” necessarily, but if they’re all pictures of the same nature, that may provide an interesting visual element.
As with choosing picture content for its pleasantry, you will also naturally find that you want to pick several pieces of wall art that have the same, or similar colors. This can work for some paintings and photographs, but be careful of creating a visually bland landscape on your wall by overdoing it. Several black and white photographs of nature, for example, may not be striking unless there are very well defined, dark elements to make them both stand out individually, and against your wall. Choosing complimentary colors to the wall itself should be the first priority– fortunately, most homes have white walls, which make for easier selections.
Find a Favorite Artist
One easy way to make sure that all of your wall decorations match is to look for an artist with a style that you absolutely love. Not only will you likely get many matching tones and textures from choosing your art this way, but it can even make your other aspects of interior decoration more “organic” in your selections. For example, if you enjoy the works of a particular artist that works with very bold, blue colors, this can make picking accessories that are around the house a simple task.
Paintings Aren’t Everything
We’ve mentioned framed photographs as one possibility, but the rise in stylish DIY culture also gives you the option of stretching fabric over frames and placing it on a wall as well. For an interesting project, you can purchase old clothing, curtains, and other fabrics at a thrift store, and after properly cleaning and cutting them, stretch them out over a board to hang on your wall.
Using thrift store items can also extend to decorations or accessories that you want to add to a frame, such as plastic flowers. The only limit when you’re going in on DIY decoration is your imagination, since your budget will be quite safe during any “shopping spree” you may want to indulge in.