Wall art is a critical element to decorating any room, whether it be at home or at work. A beautiful custom made piece of wall art can add a finishing touch to a room or it can be the inspiration for the design. You can use wall art to add an accent, set a mood or simply because you like it. Furthermore, well chosen wall art can be a talking point with visitors, reflecting your personal or business brand.
Choosing the right print can be challenging when there are hundreds of images to choose from. I've put together the below guide to help you on your journey on how to choose the perfect wall art for your room.
(1) Know your colour scheme
What is the colour scheme of the room where you will hang your print? What is the main colour featured in the room? Is it whites and cool colours or deep reds and autumn colours? Is the print a feature in the room or will it blend in and be more neutral? Thinking about some of these questions will help you in the right direction towards selecting a print.
(2) Decide where you are hanging your print
Where will you be hanging your print? For art to be displayed properly, take into account how much wall space you have available. This will help inform what size your print should be. Is there already art in the room? If so, consider picking a print that complements what is already in place. Another thing to consider is how bold the piece will be – if it’s busy and colourful it may need more wall space to showcase it, whereas a print featuring more passive tones will happily take up more space without intruding on a room. In general, bigger is better if the space allows it. Clean white walls are great for making wall art the focal point.
(3) Know what you like
You are going to look at this wall art every day so select a piece that connects with you. It might be from a recent holiday, somewhere you have always wanted to visit or simply a beautiful image that makes you feel calm or transports to a peaceful state of mind. Don’t be afraid to mix old and new artwork together. Contemporary art can be brilliant in a more traditional setting.
(4) Just do it
Of course, sometimes you find a print that you absolutely love and just have to have. In that case, you can buy the print first and find a spot for it afterwards. While it does make it more challenging to blend the print in with your home, there’s nothing wrong with buying wall art that resonates with you and makes you feel good. If you connect with a particular print but think it may look out of place, consider repainting the walls or even rearranging your furniture. Only you can know the work of art that most accurately reflects you, who you are and what you value. Choosing a print that’s right for you can be as simple as answering what your favourite colour is. There is no wrong answer - it's often simply a matter of taking the first step.