I change the paintings around in my home every other day, but as an artist, I have a plethora to choose from to suit whatever mood I happen to be skulking around in. Most don’t necessarily have that choice, so it’s good to thoroughly think about what you do want in your home before you buy it.
Something we don’t often think about when choosing artwork is the type of lighting in our spaces. Are rooms lit well? If so, then it won’t matter so much how dark the pictures are. If, however, you have dim lighting or dark walls, it may pay you to hold coloured cardboard or fabric swatches in front of the walls to get an idea of how light will play upon the paintings. Prints and paintings will change mood at night, too, so think about when you use the room most. Pick something which will look best for that time of day.
Photographic prints are spectacular in the right setting. There’s hardly a city or country in the world which hasn’t been photographed. If a painting of your chosen subject is hard to find, try searching for an image instead – whether it’s the backstreets of New York or the dusty roads of India, the spice sellers of Morocco or the palmed beaches of Bali, there is absolutely a truckload to suit your vibe.
Subject matter counts. Pictures affect us emotionally. Imagine hanging a painting depicting a sad scene over our desk, for example. Most likely, that’s not going to be conducive to buoyant productivity! The ancient art of Feng Shui warns against placing “action” pictures in restful spaces like bedrooms. However, a sports picture in a bar or child’s play area would be totally appropriate. Horses for courses, in other words. Do you want the picture to be restful? Inspiring? Shocking? Be mindful of a mood of a picture as it will most definitely affect anybody looking at it one way or another.
What’s your favourite colour scheme? Look around. What’s dotted about your living room? Your bedroom? There’ll be a habitual colour you’re drawn to time and again, even if it’s not an obvious one. Neutrals count, as do splashes of colour. So follow your own trend, that way, you’ll know you’ll be able to live with your purchase for a long time. Unless you’ve got a neutral room and you’re going for a pop of colour as a highlight, make sure you don’t clash colours between furnishings and pictures. Take a swatch of fabric from your room when you go shopping to be doubly sure.
If your home is an accumulation of clean lines or soft frilly furnishings, find a picture which reflects the contours of your space. Bold, simple graphic prints look incredible in contemporary settings, just as much as Impressionistic pastels are stunning in French-doored sunrooms brimming with ferns and rattan settees.
Authors Bio: Betti writes about Art, Culture and Interior Design. She is passionate about creating inspiring living spaces where people feel free to live healthy lives. As a hobby, Betti sources vintage clothing, reviving the 1950′s style.
Images: Styling and Photography by Tanika Blair for Urban Road x Erin Petson Collection