Choosing Art for Your Home
Top 10 Ideas for Selecting Art for Your Home
by Pam Smilow
Artist Pamela Smilow works with home owners and interior designers from New York City to the San Francisco Bay Area to install her art work and the mixed media paintings/prints of her husband, Gert Mathiesen, in order to transform a house into an inviting dynamic, decorative home.
Art is one of the best ways to express who you are to your guests, so be sure to showcase your favorite pieces.
1 - Select the most important and visible walls in your home. The art that you decide to bring into your house is important to you so give it room to shine by leaving some walls blank. It is not necessary to hang something on every wall. The mantle is a great place for a piece that you love as your eye is drawn to it and it is often one of the first areas noticed in a living room. *Calming Painting of Mother and Child
2 - Mirror the size of the wall: If you have a long horizontal wall hang a long horizontal piece (or collection of pieces) on that wall. If you have a narrow vertical spot, place a piece that is narrow and vertical and that fills the space. By accentuating the height or length of the wall, you make the room feel larger. *Vertical Art in Living Room
4 - Color is important: Think about the feel of a color before placing it in your room. Light blues and greens are cool, serene colors that are well suited for a room meant for rest and relaxation such as a bedroom. It is nice to greet people in an entry space with warmer tones, welcoming them into the home. *Art with green quilt pattern complete this green bedroom decor
5 - Color is important, this is worth repeating! Think about the feel of a color before placing it in your room. Deep bold colors are stronger and have a way of drawing a visitor in. These pieces are great in a living room, dining room or kitchen where we invite conversation and entertainment. *Painting with lavender and green compliment the sofa and purple ottoman and tall house plant
8 - A frame can serve as a bridge between the artwork and the room. When selecting a frame, it is important that it complement the furniture and architectural features of a room.. Choose a frame to match the wood floors or if you have gold lamps in your living room, select a golf frame for the art. A frame can be particularly helpful when bringing modern art into a traditional home. *The warm hues of this painting enhance the livingroom decor
10 - Watch out for glare: When hanging art behind glass, stay away from walls directly across from windows as the light will create glare and the piece will be lost on the wall. Non-reflective museum glass is available at a higher price but worth it if glare is an issue. *Group of whimsical art prints in kitchen