Art should be an important aspect of any living room. It can be used in a multitude of interesting and dynamic ways, to create a particular tone or mood, because it matches other pieces, or just simply because we like it.   

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There’s been a significant rise in popularity in art in the home, with lots of people taking a real, enthusiastic interest in the kinds of pieces available and the way they’ll adorn their homes.

Another real boon – particularly during this belt-tightening times of austerity – is that you can pick up a veritable cornucopia of fantastic pieces without making a juggernaut-sized dent in your wallet.   

Whatever the reason you’re looking for art for your living room, however,, it’s always good to be reminded of a few important things you should factor into your decision making process.

Cast a Roving Artistic Eye

Before you make your selection, look at as many art pieces as possible.  Museums, galleries, outdoor exhibitions, public art spaces, art displays in libraries and restaurants – use them all to soak up as much artistic inspiration as you possibly can.

And let’s not forget the endlessly indispensable source that is the internet. A particular advantage of surfing the net is you can peruse every kind of art imaginable from the comfort of your own home, whether it’s impressionism, sculpture, abstract painting, impressionism or photography.

Size Does Matter

Choose art pieces that are the right size to fit the space. Art that’s too big will distract from and overwhelm other, smaller pieces or other décor in the room. You want everything to look in scale and proportion.  If you choose big, bold art, then you have to give it sufficient breathing space.

Measure the exact dimensions of the art and the room, giving each enough space so that the room won’t feel too cluttered and crowded.  

A Harmonious Balance

Select an art piece that harmonises with the tone and palette of the room. When it comes to choosing a painting to match the colour, pick out a few of the most vibrant, noticeable colours and pick art that has those colours in it.  It doesn’t matter if it’s not a precise match – just one or two of those colours will create a cohesive, unified environment that feels compatible and comfortable.

If you already have any other art pieces in your room, go for new works that match the style of those works. On the other hand, your house might be filled with antiques, in which case you might want to encase any new art with a suitably antique frame.

Time for a Change

It’s always perfectly reasonable to change your room around if you find the art doesn’t fit or work in it. If you bring it home and it doesn’t fit or look good on the wall you’d envisaged it would or it clashes with the environment, try hanging it on different walls or, as a last resort, in other rooms. 

Decorating your living room with wall art should be fun and creative, so try it out in other places and you might be surprised it looks and works better in a place you’d never planned.

To get the art to work at its most aesthetically pleasing, you might have to engage in some living room reorganisation - rearranging furniture or perhaps even a spot of repainting, for example. 

How’s it Hanging?

To get the most out of your art piece, it’s important to hang it properly. Generally, art work should be hung at eye level, but that’s only a guideline so you should play around the height and fixture of the best until you get it exactly the way you want it.  Some collectors have even hung paintings on the ceiling so they get a better look of them when they’re lying down.   

The Centre of Attention

Emphasise the significance of the painting and how much you love it and want other people to enjoy it by playing down other elements in the room. Wall coverings, carpeting, furniture, window coverings can all be rearranged. You want everyone to appreciate the art as much as you, and too many other objects and colours will distract from the art itself.   

The Art of Experimentation

Experiment with different ideas, formats and presentations to get the end result you want.  It’s true that displaying art is an art form in itself. Though it may take a while to reach a satisfactory end result, in the long run it will be worth it – for the art work, the room and you.  

Let There be Light

You’ve invested all this time, money and effort in buying your art and displaying it at its most impressive – so make sure you give it sufficient light to make it the real centrepiece and talking point of your living room. Picture lights and track lighting are ideal for illumination your newly-acquired artistic acquisition.

At Art Gallery, we have a wide variety of affordable, original art pieces that would be ideal for your living room, no matter the size or the style of décor. Why not try our Test Drive Tool to see how each piece will look in your house.