Choosing Art for Your Home

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Published on: January 11, 2012

 

Adding a splash of colour to your home in the form of art can be both inspirational and an easy way to change up the look of each room.

There’s a quote by Roy Adzak about the individuality of art; “Good art is not what it looks like, but what it does to us.”

Art is choice, and more often than not an expensive one at that, and can change the vibe of your space. Make sure each piece speaks to you and your family before you shell out the big bucks.

Choosing art that you’ll want to look at every day is a difficult process and should not be taken lightly or done on impulse.

And the fact that there is no shortage of choice in the art world is both good and bad. With so many options, you’re sure to find something that suits you and your space, but it can sometimes be overwhelming.

Whether you’re planning on framing the piece yourself or buying the art finished and ready to hang, you’ll need to take the time to research and peruse.

There are some basic rules that go along with art choice for the home:

1. Be sure you love the art, not just the colours.

Choose art that everyone living within the household appreciates in one way or another.

Take your time. Simply trying to fill space will result in dissatisfaction over the long term.

2. Keep within your budget.

Choose pieces for the right locations. If you have a large space, choose a large piece of art, or a grouping of smaller pieces that complement each other. If you have a wall that is usually viewed from a distance, make sure to choose art that is best viewed from further away.

Find art that matches the flow and functionality of each space. For example, a piece of art in the bedroom should be relaxing and meditative while art in the living and dining space should lean toward energetic and vibrant.

3. Support local artists when possible. 

 

Paul Baron is with Leading Edge Realty Inc. in Scarborough, ON.

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