Tips For Choosing The Right Art For Any Room

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Choosing the right art for rooms throughout your home or workplace can be tricky, to say the least. Every element in the room should align with each other, with an overall theme utilized throughout the house or workplace. However, this can be difficult to achieve when each room has a unique function. Here are five tips to get you started with your interior design process.

Pick a Design Style

Each person typically has at least one design style that they prefer. And many people have strong feelings about their preferred environment, which can make it incredibly difficult to coordinate the preferences of everyone. Fortunately, there are ways to integrate varying styles to create a unified approach. For instance, a space that is using a mid-century modern design theme can still have modern elements. However, they should tie into the furniture and art pieces already included within the space. Make sure to carefully plan each furniture item or wall hanging to avoid clashing elements.

Focus on Colors

One great way to create a unified look across spaces is by using the same color scheme throughout every room. Designate primary, secondary, and accent colors that go well together. For example, if one of the main color choices used throughout the space is olive green, you can paint the walls olive green or buy a sofa in this color. But don’t feel limited to using the primary color only for large elements. You can choose art that also includes this color or include it in throw pillows, blankets, and decorations. If you found a piece that you love, but it isn’t available in one of your chosen colors, look for a neutral option, such as black or white, to avoid color clashing.

Does it Make Sense?

While picking out individual decor items, it’s important to take a step back and keep the room as a whole in mind. How do the items look next to each other? Consider the artwork you are thinking of and which part of your home or office you want to place it in. Does the placement make sense? For instance, would you place photos of family in the restroom or food artwork in the master suite? Probably not. Art placement can still be used in spaces such as these; however, you should be cognizant of what you choose to feature. Each element should work to enhance the overall feel of the space, not distract from it.

Consider Size

Before searching for artwork, consider which spaces you would like to fill. Are the large walls, or smaller areas? Make sure to measure before buying anything. If space is limited, opting for a collection of smaller wall decorations may be the best way to go. If you place a larger art piece in a small area, it will appear cramped and make the room feel constricted. If you have a large wall that you want to fill, consider a floating mantel to feature your artwork or custom-framed pieces.

Discover Alternative Hanging Options

Oftentimes, when we consider artwork, we think of things that physically hang on the wall. If you found a piece that you adore, but either don’t have the wall space or are not able physically to hang it on the wall, consider leaning artwork against the wall instead. This increases functionality and the coziness of the space. That way you can still include art in your space without damaging the wall. You can also use wire and ceiling hooks to suspend art and picture frames from the ceiling.


Artwork can, and should be, featured throughout your home or office. It is a great way to add a bit of personality and warmth to the space. However, ensuring each piece complements the others may be difficult if you don’t have a formulated approach. To achieve a unified look, consider the design style, colors, artwork style, size of the space, and hanging options. But perhaps most importantly, have fun and make the space your own!

By Olivia Bradley

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