The Best Ways to Incorporate Art Into Your Home
cover photo from Batch
Anyone who has an interest in art knows that it’s more than just something to lay your eyes on. Art brings something to the table that other elements of interior design simply can’t, and as our designers have seen firsthand the transformative ways in which art can shape a room, we are immediately drawn to Kristi’s work. Inspired by her bright colors and vivid hues, we were inspired to bring you some ideas of why and how you should incorporate art into your home as more than just something nice to look at.
Art is important, which is easy to see in the many ways that it can define and reimagine a room. But aside from the ways that art can elevate the look of your room, it can also do wonders for you individually. A piece of art that a homeowner feels emotionally connected to or perfectly represents them allows them to make the space more uniquely theirs, and act as a statement for their own individuality and unique interests.
And who wants to live within the confines of white walls? Even those who desire a simple, clean space can find the look of their room elevated by the use of art. The way you live affects your mindset, perception, and mood, so if you’re looking to bring some new vibrancy into your life, look to art.
Color palette plays a substantial role in affecting the way you perceive a room, and in turn how you feel in it, so look to incorporate color palettes that soothe or invigorate you. There are myriad ways to use art in your home, so let’s take a look at more specific techniques you can use.
LIVING WITH STATEMENT ART
Perhaps you’ve stumbled upon a piece of true statement art — large scale, bold, and dramatic — but are struggling with ways to incorporate it into your space? Here are some designer approved tips to remedying this imbalance.
Our Décor Aid interior designers were inspired by the vibrancy and unapologetic playfulness of Kristi’s artwork, and noticed how we felt upon viewing it. Because of these bold traits, however, we wondered whether people would run into trouble trying to bring them into their space. So when working with a statement piece like one of Kristi’s prints, it’s important to keep some of these tips in mind.
THE POWER OF THE RIGHT COLOR PALETTE
You’ll first want to identify a color palette to thread throughout the space, which you’ll want to stem from the piece of statement art. Kristi’s pieces include a lot of pink, purple, and yellow, so now is no time to shy away from color. Look for more subtle shades within the piece that aren’t quite the main source of color, but are distinct nonetheless, and find ways to bring this into the rest of the room. The great part is, this does not require a complete room overhaul if you’re working with a somewhat neutral space. Look to smaller decorative items, like throw pillows, vases, candles, sculptural items or books in this same shade so that you can pepper them around the room and create unity with a piece.
While you won’t want to match the entire color scheme to the artwork, you’ll want to gather at least 2 or 3 shades from it. Choose a second color within the piece to work with next (designer tip: if your chosen statement art is fairly minimal and only has 1-2 shades, choose complementing colors to supplement with). You’ll want to go a bit bigger with this shade, and look to larger objects like an area rug or an accent chair to further define this color in the room.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT SPACE
You’ll also want to choose a space that holds no distractions, and is spacious enough to house what may be a sizable piece of artwork. Areas like the space above a fireplace, the wall behind the head of a dining room table, or behind a living room seating arrangement are all areas that draw a lot of attention and were practically made for a piece of artwork to emphasize. It also helps that the piece be centered so that there is no question about whether it’s meant to be the focal point. Placing your statement art in an area that can’t serve these purposes will reduce the impact of the artwork, and won’t be as visually appealing.
CREATING A GALLERY WALL
What about a smaller piece that has come to be one of your favorites, but you need a way to fit it into a new space in your home? It can be difficult when working with a room that already has a defined aesthetic, but it’s not impossibly by any means. Look to the use of a gallery wall to seamlessly incorporate this piece among existing artwork. One of the best suggestions our designers recommend is to source artwork that has differing textures, colors, and patterns, but have some sort of unifying hint of color or feeling. Because there is already such a significant difference in the artwork and color palette, a piece that isn’t an exact replica won’t stand out so much.
You can also look to add complementary pieces with this addition to make the inclusion less jarring. If you have an empty wall, set up your artwork in a row of three similarly sized pieces, with your special work being right in the center. You can let the surrounding two pieces be works that combine the existing aesthetic or color scheme of the centerpiece, so it’s more of a seamless transition than simply adding it to a new area.
Guest post by Sophia Logan of Decor Aid.