Choosing Artwork For Your Home

Photo via  Cup of Jo

Photo via Cup of Jo

Choosing art for your home can be fun, and a little overwhelming. We have been in our house for almost a year and are just getting to selecting and hanging art in our home. Here are some tips and tricks that we've learned along the way to help you choose and hang artwork at home. 

Curate your home with things that you love
Choosing artwork for your home is incredibly personal, and it should be. Don't bother hanging things on your wall that don't make your heart sing. You're the one looking at it every day, so it should be something that you really love. 

Pick a theme
What do you want the art in your home to say about you? Do you want it to be calming and serene? Fun and whimsical? Modern and minimal? Whatever vibe you want to invoke can help guide you to pieces that will create that feeling. For example, if you're going for calm, look for light blues and greens, and subjects that make you feel relaxed whether that's the ocean, landscapes, or something more abstract. 

Consider color
Choose a general color palette that works with your interior paint and furniture. You don't need to stick to one color scheme for the entire house, but if you're hanging multiple pieces in one room or curating a gallery wall, then it helps to have a color scheme. Look for pops of color that cross into other pieces to keep things cohesive.

Mix and Match
Don't worry about everything matching. If you love it, then everything will come together, if for no better reason than because you love each piece. Think about varying the texture and medium of art so you have a mix of paintings, collages, graphic illustrations, etc. You can even hang artifacts from travels, weavings, or swags of dried foliage. Don't worry about having all the frames match either. Pick a few frame colors and balance them throughout the house. You could go with white and natural wood with black and gold accent frames. 

Hanging your art
Once you have selected art that you want to hang in your home, now you need to decide where you want to hang it. (Or you could do it the other way around, and pick walls where you want to hang art and then find pieces to fit.) If you are hanging art individually, find studs, or use anchors or picture hangers, depending on the type of wall you have. Hang art at gallery height which is 57" on center. Not ready to commit to a piece with a hole in the wall? Another option is to hang picture rails, which are thin shelves and prop pieces of art on them.