Everyone wants their home to be beautiful, and showcasing the right art is one way of making your space uniquely yours. Tastes vary and everyone has their own idea of what looks good, but if you’re struggling to decide what to put up in your home, here are a few ideas to get you started.
The living room
The classic mistake here is to hang something too small over a large couch. The living room is typically a large room, and the art you put in it should complement that size. If the piece is too small, it will feel overwhelmed.
You can use single large pieces or multiple small pieces. If you choose smaller pieces, make sure you keep the same amount of space between the frames of each piece. Ideally, you’ll want about two to three inches between one picture and another.
Pop art is a versatile style perfect for any living room. With pop art canvases, you can create the piece yourself and include anything your heart desires in the pop. The term “pop art” is an abbreviation for “popular art” and refers to a style of art innovated in the 1960s.
When you decorate with pop art, you’ll get the best results if you make the artistic pieces the centerpiece of the room. Use muted colors on the walls and floors to highlight the paintings or canvases you’ve put up. The end effect can be modern, bright, and even kitschy.
Mantels are another part of the living room that typically need a decorative element. You should keep your art approximately four inches to a foot above the mantel, unless you have a short one. In that case, lean your piece on the mantel itself.
The art in your bedroom should bring you joy. This should be true of all the art in your home, but in the bedroom, this goal is especially important. Take your time to choose or create just the pieces you want for this essential room.
Make sure your bed and its juxtaposition to the wall dictate how you hang your art. When it comes to bedroom art, the important thing is that everything feels right. This is a subjective standard, but you will know what is right for you when you see it.
You might choose pieces that complement the coloring or framing of then bed, or you might choose pieces that contrast with the bed. If you have a large and imposing headboard, you might want a smaller artistic piece rather than a large one that fights for attention.
It’s not easy to get this room right. The bathroom is a unique room— at once both functional and utilitarian. If you enjoy relaxing in the bath, then you certainly want to make the room a place where you can enjoy your space; yet you also don’t want to do so much in the bathroom that it steals focus from other rooms.
When putting art in the bathroom, don’t forget that humidity is your biggest potential enemy. Moisture can ruin your artwork and framing. Keep the doors and windows of the bathroom open to prevent this from happening.
Your home should bring you joy, and the decorative artistic pieces you place in it are part of that. Whatever type of art you choose, whether it be pop art or something more classic, the key is to place your pieces in a way that complements your decor and pleases you. Choose or create what you like, think about where you’re putting it, and then enjoy your customized, personal space.