How to Choose Art That Complements Your Space
Complementary art

Choosing art that complements your space is a creative experience we should all relish. But with so many styles, colours, and sizes to choose from, it can be tough at times.

The first thing we would consider when selecting art is the room’s existing decor. Look at the colours, patterns, and textures of the furniture, walls, and accessories. The artwork you choose should complement these elements rather than clash with them. For example, if your room has a neutral colour palette, consider adding a pop of colour with a bold and vibrant piece of art.

Another important factor to ponder on is the size of the artwork. A piece that is too small can get lost in a large room, while a piece that is too large can overwhelm a small space. As a general rule, artwork should be approximately two-thirds the size of the furniture it hangs above.

Understanding Space and Art Relationships

When choosing art for our space, we need to know how it will interact with the environment around it. The relationship between art and space can greatly impact the overall look and feel of a room. Let’s find out how to assess room dimensions and consider wall space and layout to choose art that complements your space.

Assessing Room Dimensions

Before selecting art, we need to assess the dimensions of the room. The size of the artwork should be proportional to the size of the space. If the room is small, consider choosing smaller pieces of art to avoid overwhelming the space. Conversely, a large room can accommodate larger pieces of art to make a big statement.

Make sure you consider the ceiling height when selecting art. This might sound obvious, but we’ve heard some funny stories! A high ceiling can handle larger art pieces, while a low ceiling may require smaller pieces to avoid a cluttered look.

Considering Wall Space and Layout

The layout of the room and the available wall space will also impact the art we choose. If the room has a lot of natural light, we may want to choose art with brighter colours to enhance the room’s natural beauty. In contrast, a room with less natural light may benefit from art with darker colours to add depth and warmth.

When choosing art for a specific wall, we should look at the wall’s size and shape. A large wall can accommodate a single large piece of art or a collection of smaller pieces arranged in a grid or gallery-style layout. A smaller wall may only require a single piece of art to make an impact.

Art Selection Criteria

When it comes to selecting art for your space, there are several criteria to consider to ensure that the artwork complements your space:

Colour Scheme Harmony

One of the most important criteria to consider when selecting art for your space is the colour scheme harmony. The artwork you choose should harmonise with the colours already present in your space. This can be achieved by selecting art that contains colours that complement or contrast with the existing colours in your space. For instance, if your space has warm colours, you can choose art with cool colours to create a balance.

Art Style and Genre

Another important aspect to consider when selecting art for your space is the art style and genre. The art style and genre should complement the overall style of your space. For instance, if your space has a modern and minimalist style, you can choose art with clean lines and abstract designs. On the other hand, if your space has a traditional style, you can choose art with classic designs and motifs.

Scale and Proportion

The scale and proportion of the artwork you choose should also be considered. The artwork should be proportional to the size of your space and the furniture in it. If you have a large space, you can choose large-scale art to fill the space. But if you have a small space, you should choose smaller-scale art to avoid overwhelming the space.

Incorporating Personal Style and Preferences

When choosing art for your space, it has to come down to your personal style and preferences. After all, you want to create a space that reflects your personality and makes you feel comfortable.

One way to incorporate your personal style is to choose art that reflects your interests. For example, if you love nature, you might choose art featuring landscapes or animals. If you’re a fan of abstract art, you might choose pieces with bold colours and geometric shapes.

The overall aesthetic of your space is a huge factor to take into consideration. If your space has a modern, minimalist feel, you might choose art with clean lines and simple shapes. If your space has a more traditional feel, you might choose art with classic subject matter and ornate frames.

It’s also important to consider the colours in your space when choosing art. You might choose art that complements the colours in your existing decor, or you might choose art that adds a pop of colour to a neutral space.

Ultimately, the key is to choose art that you love and that makes you happy. Don’t be afraid to take risks and try something new – after all, art is all about self-expression and creativity!

Practical Considerations for Art Installation

Framing and Presentation

It’s always important to consider how your art will be presented. Framing is an important aspect of art presentation, as it not only enhances the artwork but also protects it from damage. We recommend choosing a frame that complements the artwork and the room it will be displayed in. A simple black or white frame can work well in most spaces, while a more ornate frame may be appropriate for a traditional or formal setting. Why not commission a bespoke frame from Byard Art to make your piece stand out even more?

Lighting and Visibility

Lighting is another important consideration when installing art in your space. Proper lighting can enhance the artwork and draw attention to its details, while poor lighting can make it difficult to see and appreciate. We recommend using a combination of natural and artificial light sources to create a balanced and inviting atmosphere. Plus, consider the placement of the artwork in relation to windows and light sources to avoid glare and reflections.

Maintenance and Conservation

Above all, it is important to consider the maintenance and conservation of your art once it is installed. Regular cleaning and maintenance can help to preserve the quality and longevity of your artwork. We recommend using a soft, lint-free cloth to gently dust your artwork regularly. If your artwork requires more extensive cleaning or conservation, it may be best to consult with us to ensure that it is properly cared for.

At Byard Art, we are nestled in the historic city of Cambridge. You can shop our artwork and view our upcoming exhibitions online, or visit us in-store, where we’d be delighted to arrange and oversee commissions from your favourite artists!


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