What’s the Best Way to Find Art for Your Home? Art is an important part of any home. Art is a reflection of your house and yourself, whether you favour abstract, representational, or photographic pieces. However, buying art might be intimidating. So don’t just go with the flow. These are some suggestions from our senior designers for choosing home art.
What Is Curation and How Does It Work?
The process of caring for a collection of goods is known as curation. Curators in museums are responsible for managing, growing, studying, and showing the collections they are in charge of. The curator is expected to be an expert in their field who knows everything there is to know about the collection they are in charge of.
Some curators clean and repair the items in their collections as well; in other organizations, curators collaborate closely with conservators who do these chores.
SELECT ACCESSORIES THAT ARE APPROPRIATE FOR YOUR STYLE.
The first step in choosing wall art is to figure out what kind of overall home décor style you want to achieve. We recommend abstract works for a high current, modern environment. We chose a range of vibrant, abstract items for this Four Seasons luxury property, which flow in flawlessly with the highly modern design plan.
ART THAT YOU CAN MIX AND MATCH (SPARINGLY)
Your wall art does not have to be a perfect match for the rest of your house. Consider mixing it up with something modern if you have a more traditional house interior. But do so in moderation. Select modest art pieces when mixing and combining styles, as we did in this transitional Upper East Side apartment.
MAKE A PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT (WITHOUT OVERWHELMING)
We adore the painting in this mid-century home’s foyer. Why? Because it creates a strong statement while also complementing the rest of the space flawlessly. The area rug incorporates all of the hues of the artwork, and the frame is a nod to the art deco and mid-century motifs present throughout the house.
COLORS THAT GO WELL TOGETHER
If you’re looking for methods to incorporate art into your house, think about the colour scheme you currently have and choose pieces that complement it. Similarly, if you’re seeking colour inspiration for your home decor, consider looking at your artwork. That’s exactly what we accomplished in this bright Upper West Side family room.
Consider adding images to your home if you don’t have a large budget but yet want to include some original art pieces. Photographic prints are less expensive than original paintings, yet they may make just as much of an impact. We found a dramatic black and white photograph of a horse to complement this manly and solemn master bedroom.
Choosing a theme that complements your existing furniture is one of the simplest ways to properly incorporate artwork into your house. For this Upper East Side property, our clients desired a beachy urban sanctuary. As a result, we chose this Gray Malin print, which depicts beachgoers wading carefully into the ocean.
WALL OF THE GALLERY
If you can’t settle one piece, don’t bother. A well-curated gallery wall can seem just as elegant and thrilling as a splatter painting that stretches from floor to ceiling. Make sure all of your frames are the same colour and design, then begin hanging the bigger pieces in the middle.
Curating art is about eliciting an emotional response as much as it is about the physical positioning of the piece. Take inventory of your home’s rooms and contemplate how you’d like to feel in each one. Perhaps one location is the ideal place to unwind, another is where you entertain, and a third is where you need to be inspired.
ALIGNMENT OF EFFECTS
After all, that’s why you were drawn to it in the first place: it evoked an emotional response in you. If you’re still undecided, have a look at our blog post on the subject or explore the artwork in our online shop. If you already have the piece of art of your dreams, match the way it makes you feel to a room with a similar atmosphere, and voila, you’ve got the perfect room and artwork match.
THINKING ABOUT SPACE
So, the artwork is checked off the list. Tick in the room. The second stage is to decide where you want to be in the room. Examine the available space; obviously, the piece’s physical fitness is vital, but evaluate whether there are any neglected areas in the room that could be livened up. Is it a large or tiny space? Is it better to be light or dark? What effect does this have on your artwork? After you’ve found the ideal spot, it’s time to think about your hanging technique.
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT.
A single piece of nicely framed art hanging in the middle of a blank wall can have a huge impact since it creates a genuine focus point for the area – especially if it’s a showstopper. Try arranging numerous works of art in a continuous line around the room or into a corner for a more dynamic effect.
Hanging a little artwork in a large space is a classic error to avoid since it can create an unbalanced feeling in the room. If you have numerous pieces in all shapes and sizes, consider a salon-style hang our recommendation is to start at the top of the wall, maintaining the tops of the frames in a straight line. Working your way down, make sure the spacing between each piece is similar. Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas on how to hang things.
Remember, curating is a personal process that everyone can perform, so have fun experimenting with new things and letting your creativity run wild! Don’t worry about the technicalities of hanging artwork; we’ve got you covered there, too. Check out our ‘How to: Hang your Artwork’ blog for some helpful hints.
Do you want to be inspired? Start your curating trip by viewing thousands of artworks on our online marketplace, or make a note of one of our future fairs in your calendar.
SUCCESS IN LOVE
You should always be able to hear what art is saying to you! It doesn’t matter if it’s an expensive painting or something you found at a thrift store; if it appeals to you, it’s the correct piece of art for you. You are the one who will have to live with it in your home, therefore it should reflect your personal style. Allow your artwork to tell the tale of who you are and what you care about.
TELL A STORY IN COLOR
The colours in a painting or image are sometimes used as a jumping-off point for the palette of space by the Pulp team. You can also do the opposite and hunt for items you like that will go well with the colours currently present in a room. We admire how art can either capture the eye as the focal point of a place or serve as a supporting role with complementary hues.
MATCH IT UP
We don’t merely seek for paintings when the Pulp team curates art for customers. We produce a variety of works of art, ranging from drawings to sculpture to photography. We’re fortunate that co-founder Beth Dotolo’s husband is a fantastic photographer (his work may be seen in the vignette above). We’ve also been known to come across amazing images in our clients’ personal collections that may be blown up and framed for a fantastic effect. So shake it up a little!
SET UP A SAVINGS ACCOUNT
Art can make such a powerful statement, and it’s even more powerful when it’s an investment. The Pulp crew has a few favorite artists who we want to promote, such as Amy Opsal, whose work is featured above. When you come across an artist that creates amazing pieces that you adore, purchase original artwork from them to show your support for their work. Original art, once again, not only gives guests an insight into your personality, but it’s also something you won’t find in every home. It’s one-of-a-kind and personal – after all, that’s what art is all about!
IMPORTANCE OF SIZE
When it comes to scaling, it’s critical to think about the size of the wall when choosing the correct piece of art. A large picture would be too much for a small table, while a large wall expanse like the one above requires more than a single tiny snapshot. You can utilize a gallery approach or a beautiful piece like the one we put for our client above on your largest walls. Just remember to consider balance and symmetry when choosing art for specific areas in your home.
Your unique style and taste are reflected in everything you bring into your home. You’ve taken the time to select just the perfect things, whether it’s a decorative vase, rug, or sofa, to make your surroundings an extension of your personality, much like you select art.
Curating art for your house is now easier than ever before. Local artists abound, bargain merchants make high-quality art accessible, and online provides us with a plethora of wall-decorating possibilities. You can also take matters into your own hands and take on the role of the artist.
Artists from the area
Check the schedule of events for student exhibitions if you live in a city with an art school. Original artwork can be purchased for a fraction of the cost of those at commercial galleries. And who knows, you might wind up having a painting by someone who will go on to become a well-known and respected artist in the future.
Participate in local art events. They are excellent resources for emerging artists. These festivals give you the opportunity to meet musicians in person and create a long-term relationship with them. Follow them on social media and request to be included in their email list. Remember that you may always haggle the price, especially if you wait until the last few hours of the event.
If you live in a city with an artists’ colony, you might be able to meet them at their studios. Most artists will gladly show you behind-the-scenes footage of their work and sources of inspiration. You might be able to purchase a rough sketch or conceptual rendering if you can’t afford one of their finished pieces.
Retailers in Big Box Stores
When it comes to choosing art for your house, those on a tight budget know that retail stores can be your best friends. Sure, they sell copies, but you can’t match places like Target, Kohl’s, and Ross if you want to cover your walls with gorgeous art without spending a fortune. Discounters provide a diverse range of styles, mixed media, and subject matter at affordable prices.
Shopping on the Internet
If you don’t have time to go out and shop for prints and posters, you can do so from the comfort of your own home. An increasing number of online art merchants sell everything from signed and numbered posters to canvases. The options are endless, and everything is organized by style, colour, and kind for your convenience.
Make It Your Own
Take some images of the things you like, take them to the local copy shop, get them enlarged and framed, or simply put them on pieces of foam core to channel your inner artist. There are other websites where you can upload your images and have them printed on canvas.
If you have some unused latex paint colours or jars of oils in the closet, try painting an abstract in 30 minutes or less by using painter’s tape to partition off squares and rectangles on a large painter’s canvas. Colors that go with your room should be used to fill in the blocks. In no time, you’ll have a magnificent Mondrian-style painting.