I will start this post by simply saying that empty walls make me feel extremely anxious! One of the first things I do when I move into a new place is to begin the process of hanging my artwork up, and plan my future art purchases to fill any awkward empty spaces. Empty walls may not be a concern for you, but if they are, this post will tell you what you need to know when selecting the artwork for your home!
- Figure out exactly what you are looking for and what your budget is before making a purchase. Only choose pieces that you absolutely love and that you can afford. I recommend buying one fabulous piece instead of three decent works for the same price. You want to buy quality art that you will enjoy looking at every day.
- If you have a larger budget, and are looking to purchase original artwork, make sure you buy from a reputable company. You may find the same piece for half the price somewhere else, but if it does not come with a guarantee of authenticity from a company that is licensed, insured, and bonded, I highly suggest reconsidering your purchase.
- Choose art that fits a particular space (unless of course you see an amazing piece that you absolutely have to have even if you don’t know where it will go!). Artwork that is too big will overpower art that is too small; causing the wall to look out of proportion. The bolder the art, the more room it needs to breathe. If you have extremely loud artwork, tone down the rest of your décor to really showcase the art.
- Always measure the space you plan on hanging your art so that there is enough room, or not too much space, between your pieces. If you have a large collection of art, and are worried about it looking crowded, I recommend choosing one wall in your living room and making it your “gallery wall” with pieces covering it. It’s a fun conversation starter, and actually makes the room feel extremely cozy!
- Do not be too concerned with your pieces all matching each other perfectly. It is great for all of the art in a room to flow together, but not necessarily have the exact same colors or subject matter.
- The rule of thumb is to hang artwork so that the center of the piece is at eye-level. I agree with this to some degree. If you are planning on hanging one horizontal row of paintings on a wall, stick to this; otherwise, feel free to hang pieces wherever they fit.
- If you still feel uneasy about choosing your artwork and where it should go, hire a professional! Baterbys offers free at-home art consultations to all of our clients.
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By: Marilyn Robertson, Fine Art Consultant at Baterbys Art Gallery