The Art of Selecting Art

Most interior designers agree that wall art is one of the most cost effective ways to create the ambiance of any room. Your wall art becomes the focal point in the overall success of your interior design. As new technology evolves from the internet to digital photography, your choices are vast and potentially just a click or two away. But, what basic guidelines should be used to focus your choice of art?

First; and in our opinion most important, choose only a piece of art that you truly like. This seems kind of obvious; however, many times people forget and go for style instead. You will live with the art piece for many years and you need to feel the same gratification eve ry time you look at it. Art should be a reflection of you and the feeling you wish to create with your decorative art.

Your next consideration should be the size of the wall. It is a good idea to have the actual measurements of your wall, so that when you are looking at the size of the art piece, you can begin to envision it on your wall. A piece of art that is too big for the wall space will be overwhelming. A piece of art that is too small for the wall space, will look lost on the wall and out of place. Instead of one big art piece, you can also consider two or three small art pieces in close proximity to each other, creating a more dramatic setting. Many artists offer whole pictures in three or four separate art pieces.

The style of your furnishings in your room should also be considered when choosing art. If the room is more traditional, larger ornate frames will blend better overall in the room. In a more modern dcor setting, an unframed art piece will create a more dramatic effect.

Color is also an important element in your decision. Take into account one or two of the boldest colors in the room dcor and look for art which includes similar colors. You also may wish to consider muted colors or black and white art.

We would like to make a quick point on the choice of materials used for the art work. Wall art is available in many different mediums. While canvas is the most preferred, wall art can be printed on wood, metal, or glass. Other mediums are available and should be considered to create the effect that you desire.

Linda Romersa, an interior designer, is also the proprietor of her own website offering a wide range of decorative art solutions at TheART4UStore.com.

Author: Linda Romersa
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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