Adding Depth and Personality with Thoughtful Art Selection

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Add depth and personality to your living space with thoughtful art selections
Selecting the right art pieces to decorate a home can seem like an intimidating task. With so many options available, from classic paintings to contemporary photography and sculptural works, how does one even begin to make choices that enhance a space? The key is curating art mindfully rather than randomly accumulating pieces. Thoughtful art selection adds depth, reveals the personalities of a home's inhabitants, and brings visual harmony.

Define the Overall Aesthetic

Getting your home organised
Define the overall aesthetic you are looking for in your artwork
Before choosing any single piece of art, identify the general aesthetic preferred for a home's decor. Modern and minimalist? Traditional and ornate? Casual and eclectic? Once there is a cohesive style in mind, individual works that align with that look can be collected intentionally rather than haphazardly. This provides direction and prevents a disjointed appearance of mismatched art battling each other on the walls.

Select Meaningful Works

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Try to select meaningful artwork that works for both you and the room decor
Truly meaningful pieces should relate in some way to the homeowner's interests or experiences. For example, a home chef might seek out food-inspired art while a wildlife enthusiast decorates with depictions of favourite animals. Travel photography and children's art also make for meaningful inclusions. Even decorative objects can carry significance, like sea shells collected on a favourite beach holiday. Personal connections add depth beyond merely aesthetic appeal.

Repetition Creates Harmony

Truly meaningful pieces should relate in some way to the homeowner's interests or experiences. For example, a home chef might seek out food-inspired art while a wildlife enthusiast decorates with depictions of favourite animals. An interior design principle that translates beautifully into art selection is repetition. What is repetition in art? As you can see by Adobe's suggestions for repeating designs, repeating colours, textures, shapes and patterns woven throughout a home creates overall harmony and visual interest. Collect artwork and decorative objects featuring a colour from the wall paint or sofa upholstery for a pulled-together look. Group pieces with similar thick, dark frames or thin, light frames rather than mixing and matching. Consistent shapes and forms, like round mirrors paired with round wall platters echo each other. And repetitive subject matter, such as a series of abstract floral prints, connects rooms.

Vary Scale for Layers of Interest

While some uniformity is key, identical pieces lined up neatly can start to feel sterile or monotonous. Varying the scale of art adds welcome layers of interest. Try small prints above light switches leading to a dramatic oversized canvas as a focal point. Repetition still occurs through the same muted colour palette but the differing sizes make the vignette more dynamic. In a reading nook, hang one large spotlight painting to illuminate the sitting area, with a constellation of smaller works surrounding it on the flanking walls.

Strike a Balance

Starting the decluttering process
Try to strike a balance between your artwork and its surroundings
Just as rooms with zero artwork feel sparse and incomplete, cramming walls full with no breathing room comes across as chaotic overkill. Strive for balance in not only scale but quantity and arrangement. Center focal pieces, like over a sofa or bed rather than clustering everything on one wall. Allow some blank space to let each work shine before the eye travels to the next, grouped in odd numbers for satisfying asymmetry. Too many mismatching pieces compete for attention but a carefully curated selection lets the homeowners' style and personalities take the spotlight.

Art selection is no small feat but keeping personal meaningfulness, varied scale and a sense of balance in mind leads to captivating, distinctive interiors with depth.

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