How to Choose the Right Artwork for Your Home in the Desert

artworkPerhaps you’re an art enthusiast and want to give your home an air of sophistication. Maybe you see art as a smart investment, but want to choose a piece that will look great with your decor. If you’re new to selecting art for your home, read through these tips to get an idea of what to look for and how to display it.

Familiarize Yourself with Good Art

Most people who consider purchasing art for their home aren’t necessarily aficionados. Get a feel for the type of art you enjoy. Attend local gallery viewings or art festivals and visit a few museums. You’ll get a feel for what appeals to you the most; whether it’s the interplay of light, specific lines and structures, or the juxtaposition of color. Great art doesn’t have to come from one of the masters. There are plenty of undiscovered artists with amazing talent.

Choose the Ambiance

Most art lovers will tell you that when a piece resonates with them, it tugs at their soul. “It speaks to me,” they may say, or “it draws me in.” Art is the expression of emotion in visual form. Each piece projects its own ambiance. It may speak of triumph over adversity, of joy and peace, or of warmth and friendship. Think of your chosen artwork as a type of welcome mat, and ask yourself what it would say to guests entering your home.

Mirror Your Space

Where will you hang your new painting or display your sculpture? Consider the available space for its placement. You’ll want to leave some white space for a visual rest, but fill enough of the space so the painting isn’t dwarfed by it. Mirror the size of your display space with that of the piece. A long, thin wall benefits from a painting of similar size, or a sculpture with similar proportions. Likewise, a short, wide space above your mantel is best filled with a painting that echoes those dimensions.

Plan Lighting Carefully

The lighting for your art display should subtly draw the eye toward it without being too obvious. Consult a lighting designer or ask the gallery assistant how best to display it. Be cautious about hanging pieces under glass in direct natural light. The glare can obscure the piece, marring its presence. Museum quality, non-reflective glass is pricey, but may be worth it to showcase your treasure.

Choose a Frame That Echoes Your Decor

Mix and match modern and traditional styles as you please. Even if a modern painting doesn’t look like it goes with your traditional style, the frame you choose creates a tie-in that helps the piece blend subtly and seamlessly with your decor. Look around the room for elements to recreate in the frame. Have you used a specific wood finish? Maybe there are bronzed or gold accent lamps scattered throughout your living room. Use details like these when selecting a frame to give your canvas a sense of unity with the rest of the room.

When you choose the right piece of artwork for your home, it serves as a conversation piece as well as an expression of your individuality. Take the time to select a quality piece that appeals to you and creates the atmosphere you want portrayed in your home.

Not sure what kind of art would work in your home?  Give me a call and together we can go over your options and what would be best each particular room.

Art around La Quinta:

La Quinta Arts Foundation featuring the #1 Fine Arts Festival in the Nation and Art Under the Umbrellas.

La Quinta Gallery of Find Art

Old Town Artisan Studio

There are also many other studios and galleries sprinkled around the Desert area.

*Article provided by Wingwire.