You may have noticed throughout the Decology blog that we love a a piece of art; be it an original print or a blown-up family photo on canvas, nothing beats a bright and beautiful piece of artwork. Not only does it provide a welcome injection of colour, but is a fantastic way to personalise your living space.
“Art is a personal reflections of the owner’s taste just as your overall interior should be”, advises Decologist Steven Jackson. “Adding pieces of art that you love to a space will reflect your personality and create an environment you enjoy spending time in. Art can also establish the basis for wonderful colour schemes, adding colour and providing an opportunity to layer the room by repeating the colours with different textures and objects”.
Not an art buff? Don’t panic! We’ve rounded up our top tips when buying art – and show you exactly how to style it once you have.
Where to start with your art collection?
You don’t have to be a pro to be interested in art – or want to incorporate it in your home. “There are many resources for art and it doesn’t have to be expensive. Fairs like the AAF show a wide variety of styles and mediums. Explore these and learn what you’re attracted to. The more you see, the more confidence you will gain and will know when you find the right piece for you and your home”, Jackson tells us.
And…where to buy?
“Art is completely personal. You need to explore, look around and be prepared to buy when something stands out to you”, Jackson tells us. Found a piece you love? “Consider how the picture or objects links into other items you already own. Focus on a theme and this will help you build and add to your collection as you find interesting pieces as time goes on”.
There are many resources you can turn to when looking to purchase art, but if you’re looking for an entry-level option, stick with something simple. The Original Art Fair is a Decology favourite, for original art at a (relatively) affordable price point, we even have a special invite for you to this year’s fair. “A beautifully framed photographic image or print is an affordable way to start. Online catologues such as the Trowbridge Gallery and Art.co.uk provide excellent resources”.
Don’t forget that the internet is a wealth of knowledge, too. “Online auction sites, such as invaluable.com, can link you to art auctions at any price point suitable for your budget”, Jackson explains.
Work with your space
Gone for a large, statement piece? Naturally, you’ll need a vast, blank wall. “Scale is important”, advises Jackson. “Consider one large picture or a group of pictures from a series to make a strong impact”.
If, on the other hand, you’ve opted for something slightly subtler, use your artwork to help bring life to an otherwise small space which may not be able to accommodate additional furniture or accessories. “Wall colour, lighting and framing all contribute to the impact a piece of art makes”, says Jackson. Therefore, if working with a slightly smaller room, go for the obvious – a light and bright colour scheme, effective lighting and an unobtrusive frame will help lift your chosen room.
Cluster up your art
Having said that, cluster-style frames can look particularly impressive. We love seeing families and homeowners building up frames of family photos and postcards along a mantel, windowsill or pinned to the wall. Look for frames of different shapes, sizes and textures – charity shops are often our go-to! Just keep the space between your frames and colour palettes neutral – monochromes tend to work best.
Position art correctly
Symmetrical pieces can bring order and calmness to a room. Complementary pieces of artwork on opposite walls or either side of a fireplace restore a room’s balance. Similarly, position art in the context of your furniture – don’t let it get lost behind a large corner sofa or door, for example. “Pictures hung too high or too small in proportion to a wall get lost. Ensure you hang them at the right level to feel the effect when you walk in the room”.
Pay attention to the subject of your artwork and co-ordinate your accessories to suit. Gone for a botanical print? Dot plenty of foliage throughout your living space to bring your artwork to life. Old maps can be framed and complemented by globes and artfully-styled vintage atlases and suitcases. Similarly, if hanging art in the kitchen or bathroom, look for a frame in a metal to match your brassware – golds, coppers and nickels, for example.
At the end of the day, art – and the way you style it – is subjective. Everyone has their individual tastes and preferences. But if you’re still unsure, ask your Decologist for advice. Find out more about ways in which are team of designers can help and peruse their profiles here: https://decology.co.uk/#designers