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Art can be the finishing touch to your interior, filling up wall space, tying together your décor and adding in a bit of personality. But it’s not always easy to know what kind of art to buy, or where to hang it. Luckily, there are a few design concepts, popular styles of art to try and rules of thumb that will help you along the way.
Here is our room-by-room guide on choosing the right art for your home.
The kitchen is the perfect place for displaying fun, graphic prints or photos, and is usually suited to smaller pieces as there tends to be less available wall space. Here, art can be displayed above the sink or a kitchen shelf or hung up on those small sections of wall between the appliances and the door. If you are really lacking in wall space, you could lean small works of art on the shelves, or even use the side of a cabinet like a wall.
As kitchens tend to naturally have a lot going on, opt for simple pieces that use just a few colours. Think along the lines of modern art or photography, retro prints, travel posters or even word art that will put a smile on your face first thing in the morning.
This is a place where you can really let loose with your art, but as it’s a room that’s so heavily used, it’s important to get it right. Large-scale pieces tend to work best in the living room, with a good rule of thumb being that it should take up between two thirds and three quarters of the wall space. If in doubt, go bigger! You needn’t add just one piece to fill up the space. You can always create a gallery wall or get two or three pieces that work well together.
As you will be looking at the art in your living room a lot, it’s important to find something you love. But to make sure your space doesn’t feel too overwhelmed, try and find an image that has at least one colour in it that matches something in your decor. This could be something big, like your sofa or rug, or something small like a cushion or accessory. Making that link will help to create a cohesive interior and help tie the room together.
Large-scale art hung over the bed is the perfect fit for almost any bedroom, but as there tends to be plenty of wall space you can really choose whatever spot you like. Opposite the bed or above a dresser is also a great choice. If you prefer smaller pieces of art, these can look beautiful displayed above your bedside tables.
As the bedroom is the room where you sleep, more understated pieces tend to work well, whether that’s an abstract print with a muted colour palette, grayscale or simple landscape photography, or anything with a serene and minimal feel. However, if your bedroom interior is more on the fun and colourful side, feel free to go for a bright, bold piece that really expresses your personality.
Art in the office should inspire creativity, and is the place to fill with all the pieces you love the most. It’s the perfect spot for a gallery wall, where you can mix and match art of different styles and sizes to create a kind of mood board for your home. For a similar look that you can change as often as you please, you could try displaying different pieces on a floating shelf above or next to your desk. Then you can move prints around or add new ones whenever the mood strikes.
Choosing art for the office is really about finding pieces that speak to you, so feel free to break the rules! Mix traditional landscapes with contemporary photos, or abstract artwith graphic prints. As long as you love it, then it has a place in your office!
The bathroom may not be the first room that springs to mind when you think about buying art for your home, but there’s no reason you need to skip this room when displaying your favourite pieces! With that being said, there are some practical considerations when it comes to choosing art for your bathroom. It must be able to withstand humidity and moisture, meaning that anything with a glass frame is a definite no-go (unless it’s been professionally sealed). Moisture can get trapped beneath the glass and the print and can do real damage to the print beneath. Instead, opt for inexpensive canvas pieces that will be significantly more resilient.
In the bathroom, art can look great hung above the toilet or tub, and can make a fun focal point when displayed above your towel or robe hooks. As the bathroom is somewhere we go to relax, fine art prints and photography can help add to that serene and peaceful feel.
Choosing the best art for your home can be a challenge, but we hope we have given you some useful guidelines on how to approach buying art for every room.
At Magna Canvas we have a wide range of affordable art, with options to suit almost any kind of space or style. To make things easier, you can even browse our selection by room, helping you find the perfect piece for your home. If you have any questions or need a bit of guidance, we would love to help. Get in touch using our contact formand we will get back to you as soon as we can.