Whether you are investing in an original work of art, buying a limited print, or choosing an attractive poster to hang in your living room, there are plenty of buying options. You may already have a particular piece in mind, if not, try visiting galleries, searching through interiors magazines, or simply be inspired by the local geography before making a final decision.
Displaying art in your home is a great way of expressing your creative side. Sharing this aspect of your personality with friends, makes a unique and enjoyable conversation starter. The living room is where we spend most of our time, whether relaxing with family or entertaining guests, so it is essential to pick a piece of work that you love.
Choosing art because you like its appearance and feel moved by the themes, is a good enough reason. However, when you are displaying it in the most public part of your home, there are other factors to keep in mind.
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Consider how the piece will relate to your current interior design. Try to assess how well the principle colours sit with your furniture and accessories. If you are buying a picture with the intention of making it a focal point – it should have impact. However, if you would like an installation that compliments its surroundings rather than dominates them, select a more coordinated work. Certain existing colours will give you more scope, soft furnishings in tones of beige and cream present a good base from which to elaborate a room.
Also, think about the size of the art work in relation to where it will be placed – a large picture can look incongruous and cramped if it does not fit the dimensions of a room. To cover a wall in a smaller room where scale is an issue, a collection of petite prints can be effective. Choose pictures that work well as an ensemble piece and then arrange them in a montage pattern.
Although your work may come ready framed, many mounted pictures can be positioned adequately without them. Given the opportunity, try and select a frame that will enhance its surroundings. Minimalist rooms look great with art staged in straightforward monochrome. Using a plain white or black border allows the subtle nuances of a picture to shine through. In more ornate surroundings, you are free to experiment with a bolder, more extravagant surround.
A huge variety of popular prints are readily available from a number of online stores. Several, including Fishpools even have dedicated household accessories and pictures sections on their site.