Color – your room and your wall art need to do something for each other.
Well chosen wall art transforms your interior and brings a room together. It hardly needs to be said that the color of your wall art needs to work with the color of the rest of the room. Yet people often choose wall art because they like the image, without considering the way it will sit in the interior. This results in the art doing nothing for the room, and the room doing nothing for the art. Ideally the wall art creates a stunning focal point or gracious accent for the room, and the room forms a harmonising ‘frame’ that enhances the piece.
When choosing pieces to beautify your space as part of your interior decorating plan, each element needs to communicate. It may harmonise beautifully – or it may stand out in arresting contrast. Whichever it is, each component of the interior needs to be aware of the plan.
Think of it as people at a party – ideally they all know what dress code is. Then they can choose to dress to fit in (or not!).
Harmonising or contrasting – know what your intention is. Or: Is your wall art the string section or the tuba solo?
Your wall art should either harmonise and integrate with the wall or stand out in stunning contrast.
In this example, the wall art below is similarly colored to the rest of the room and the colors are similar to the color of the wall it’s placed on. This creates a spacious, hormonious effect – the art is part of the room and looks as if it grew there.
Stand out contrast
In both of these examples, the wall art provides a pop of color and a focal point to the room:
Using contrast in your wall art can also be a very useful tool when decorating with a dark wall color. Dark walls add drama, mystery and moodiness to an interior – but you do need to remove the dungeon effect. Effective wall art brings a dark room to life and dark walls make wall art pop. A perfect combination.
In this example, the art neither stands out nor harmonises. The wall is cream but the art is grey based – neither of them do anything for each other, the wall art is a jarring element, and the interior doesn’t have a professional feel:
Scale and proportion
We can’t emphasise scale enough! Proportion is key to creating stunning impact when placing wall art. Look at the examples below.
When wall art is not large enough for the space it’s intended to fill, the effect is ok… but it’s just a nice picture hanging on the wall. Anyone can decorate like that. It’s timid and pedestrian. But as soon as the piece fills the space, it makes a statement and creates the drama that transforms a room. Depending on the style, it can add a rich and sumptuous or a modern and edgy feel. Large wall art creates that magical dimension that goes beyond safe, suburban decorating and takes you into the realms of something special. Consider theatrical sets – theatrical decorators have always known this. Your home is the setting where the theatre of your life is played out – so it should be worthy of you!
Conversely, small wall art placed on a large wall can create drama and the space around the artwork creates focus on the piece:
It’s going that little bit overboard, decreasing the scale dramatically smaller or just that little bit larger than the average interior will – this helps create the extra edge of a great interior, taking it beyond bland and boring.
And another thing to make your wall art look fabulous
Integrate the wall art with the room by picking out color accents:
Notice in this room the pops of orange that reflect the colors in the wall art.