How to Choose Art for Your Home

By Stephan Schoeppler

Art has been used today in so many different forms. You will find beautiful pieces of art in magazines, billboards and food packages advertising certain brands. Other times art has been used to offer information in a commercial setting in order to entice consumers to buy a certain product or service. This is basically where commercial art begun.

Decorating your house, whether you've just moved in or are remodeling, is one of the fun bits about making your house a home. Adding art pieces to your living spaces transforms boring walls into pseudo-galleries and adds a personal touch to your home. But with so many options to choose from, how do you go about choosing art for your home? Here are some tips that you should employ.

Buy art that you love

Do not just buy art simply because it has the potential to increase in value. Go out and buy art that you love! Simply because you love it. Keep in mind that you are decorating for you, and the art should also be for you.

Find out what is out there

Draw inspiration from art that is hang in restaurants, galleries, public spaces and so on. You will come across the works of great artists this way, and perhaps you can find one who just inspires you the way you want to be inspired.

Remain open to different mediums

Do not just buy paintings because it is what you are used to. There are many art pieces out there that work excellently to transform spaces. Think of sculptures and mixed media art. Open your mind to the many possibilities that exist, then choose the one that works best with your type of space.

Size matters

When choosing art for your home, consider the amount of space you are working with. A small painting may look beautiful in the gallery, but once you take it home and hang it on a big white wall, it will look 'swallowed up'. Measure the dimensions of the space you are working with, and consult on what size of art would fit the space best.


Choose artwork that complements your overall color scheme. You do not want the piece to get lost in the colors of the room, and at the same time you do not want a piece of art to be the only thing you see once you walk into the room. Choose the color wisely. Let it make a statement without drowning out the voice of the room.

Think outside the box

Yes, it's a great idea to choose artwork that is in tandem with the overall interior décor theme of the house. However, you do not always have to play it safe. A contradiction will sometimes work wonders, when selected carefully. A contemporary piece will make an impressive statement when placed in a traditionally styled room.

Less is more

You've gone shopping for art and found these great pieces that you've fallen in love with, but do you pick them all? When it comes to putting up pieces of art in your home, remember that less is more. Do not put too many pieces in the same room, on the same wall or all over the house, at every single point. This is only going to make the space look cluttered, and cluttered is not good.

And that's how you find great art for your home for that look you've been dreaming of since you embarked on your remodeling project.

Stephan Schoeppler is an abstract artist living in Destin, Florida. He specializes in Modern Abstract Art and Contemporary Art. He also creates Commercial Art as well as Art by Commission.

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