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Artwork and Prints

Artwork and wall decorations are a way to reflect your personality and unique taste through your decor. They can be used to channel your tastes to become a focal point in your home, or simply be used to accent and complement your interior decor. Finding the right art for your home is a deeply personal pursuit, so take your time and enjoy the process.

What are art prints and how are they made?

There are two different types of prints which are often confused; original prints and reproduction prints. Here’s an introduction to each of them:

  • Original Prints:

    These prints have been manually printed by the artist themselves or with the artist’s supervision. To make them, the artist creates an image by hand or machine on a printing plate, block, screen or stone. Ink is then spread over this plate and printed onto a surface. The artist will choose the number of copies (also known as the edition size), the paper the artwork is printed on, and will usually sign and number each of the prints in pencil. There is no original artwork, unless you include the etching itself.

  • Reproduction Prints:

    These prints are essentially copies of original paintings. A digital image of a painting is used to reproduce the painting on various different materials. Some machines can now reproduce the texture of the original artwork, too. The artist is rarely involved in the creation of these types of prints, although you may find that some prints are signed and number by them. The price of these prints can vary depending on the quality of the paper and ink used.

What type of artwork is best for my home?

Art is very personal, and therefore there’s no one size fits all. You should buy artwork that you love and which moves you. Don’t worry about matching it to a room; it’s much easier to adjust your decor to complement your art than to find a piece of art that is both meaningful to you and already fits an existing colour scheme. To bring together wall art and decor, introducing one or two elements into the room that echo the colour or style of the picture could be enough to create a cohesive sense of belonging.

What type of art should I buy?

If you don't already know what type of artwork speaks to you, do explore the wide range of styles on offer. For traditional tastes, you might want to browse paintings, screen prints, and sculptures in bronze, wood or porcelain. For modern tastes, photo prints, pop art, or posters are available in an array of colours or monochrome. Consider abstract artwork for colourful designs or pottery for classic appeal. If global art attracts you then Aboriginal art, African art, and Japanese art are some examples that offer a wide variety of styles, which can be chosen for their stunning craftwork. For contemporary investment pieces, neon wall signs and light installations are having a huge moment.

Where to hang artwork?

This really depends on the space you have available in your home and the size of your artwork. In your living room, you could consider hanging artwork prints above the sofa or over the fireplace. In your bedroom you may want to hang artwork above the bed or at the foot of the bed. Many people also like to hang artwork in the bathroom, up the stairs and in hallways. When hanging your paintings, be sure not to hang them too high on the wall. They should be hung at around 5ft off the floor, which is around eye level for most people. If you’re hanging a piece above your sofa, leave around a hand width of space between the top of the sofa and the bottom of the frame for a great aesthetic.

Regardless of whether you’re looking for abstract or modern art, artwork for living room walls or an art gallery, Houzz is bound to have the ideal artwork for you and your home.
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