The right piece of art adds interest and drama to a room and can be the center of attention in a space. Whether it’s an antique piece, a painting by an up-and-coming artist, a sculpture, or a collection of pieces, there are many ways you can use art as the foundation of a room’s design.
Can Be the Focal Point of a Room
A single piece of artwork, such as a large scale painting, can be the perfect focal point of a room, such as a formal dining room or a living room. If you would like to use one piece of art as the centerpiece of a room, the size of the artwork is an important thing to consider. It should be large enough to command attention and to immediately catch the eye when a person walks into a room. How you position the artwork matters, too. To draw people’s attention, the piece should be in the direct eye line of at least one entryway to the room. For example, you can hang a large-scale painting opposite the doorway to a room, centered so that the door itself frames the painting.
Adds Color to a Space
Art can also add a bit of color to a room that is otherwise decorated with neutral hues. A painting can feature vivid colors, such as bright orange and blue that can complement the beige colors in the rest of the space. Depending on the colors in a piece of art, the artwork can also tie together the color scheme of a room. When choosing pieces for a space, make sure that the colors in the piece work well with colors in the room. The hues don’t have to match, but they should complement each other, instead of clash.
Makes a Bold Statement
It’s perfectly fine to bring a large piece of art into a smaller room. In fact, larger pieces of art, such as a wall-sized painting or a sculpture that stretches from floor to ceiling, can be an excellent way to make a bold statement in a smaller space. People aren’t expecting to see a large painting on the wall in a narrow living room, for example. A large sculpture in the foyer or entryway of your home can welcome guests while it shows off your taste. Don’t be afraid to be daring!
Defines the Mood of the Room
The art you place in a room can help establish the mood of that space. Think about how you want a room to feel when you’re choosing a piece or pieces. A painting that features a lot of calming colors, such as light purples and blues, and that features relaxing, rounded shapes might be an ideal choice for the bedroom, where you want to create a calming, soothing atmosphere. A piece of art that features a lot of deep colors or that depicts a dramatic scene might be more appropriate in a more formal room, such as the dining room. If you have a room that’s reserved for fun and relaxation, such as a game room or den, artwork that features bright colors and playful shapes or scenes can help reinforce the fact that the room is meant for fun.
Art can also help you capture something in a room or can help you bring a cherished memory to your home. If you love traveling to Europe, you can hang photographs of European landmarks and well-known architecture in your office, so that you can feel transported to your vacation, even when you are hard at work. A painting of a beach scene can help you escape to the beach, even when you’re at home in your living room.
Tells a Story
Art can also tell a story, whether it is the story of your family and home, or the story of the pieces themselves. Since artwork is usually one-of-a-kind, you can use the piece as a jumping off point for conversations when you have friends or acquaintances over. The pieces you collect can not only decorate your home, but also let people know who you are, as you are likely to have a story about each piece you find, purchase, and collect.
If you have a piece of art that you want to work into an existing room design or are looking for the right piece to put the finishing touches on a space, Michelle Wenitsky Interior Design can help. Contact us today to get started.