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How to find the right art

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Choosing artwork for your home

Stop yourself before you buy some mass-produced art from a big box store. Do you really want something that so many others have? Don’t get me wrong, some popular art prints can be nice in a new home, but they are best used sparingly. If you really want to make your new house a home, consider looking for unique pieces of art that catch your interest. Choosing art for your home doesn’t need to be hard, but it should be fun.

Consider the space

Before you get overwhelmed with all the choices out there, think about the space you need to fill. It’s not just about the wall, but the room itself. If you are looking to add art to your living room, for example, figure out the focal point of the room. For most, it will be above the fireplace, while others will be above a couch. Try taking photos of your room before looking for art. Take measurements, as well, especially if you are looking for a large piece.

Consider the style

Style encompasses a lot of things. The décor of the room can help you figure out what to look for, while your own preferences can help narrow the search. Not everyone likes a large piece of abstract art. You may gravitate towards small watercolour prints in simple frames. Explore galleries, art shows, fairs and even coffee shops. Many artists have websites these days, so you can even find what you need online. If you’re lucky to have a friend who is an artist, you can ask them for a special commissioned piece of art. That can add to the emotional value of the piece and make it something you hold onto for years.

Consider these tips

When you’re buying multiple pieces for a room, take a moment to see how they look together. The art you choose should harmonize with each other, whether it’s with a common colour, theme or style. Not everything has to match precisely, but a room should have a natural flow to it. Don’t stress over matching the colour of your pillows to the colour in your art. Smaller prints can be grouped together in a grid or unique configuration. The same goes for canvases. It’s best to hang art at eye-level for optimal viewing, but you don’t have to be bound to this rule. If you want to display family photos, use the same kind of frame for all of them.

It’s important to infuse your home with your own personality and photos can do that very well. Whatever you may choose, it’s up to you. Don’t buy a piece of art if you don’t like it. After all, you are the one who has to live with it.

By Meagan Dieroff

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