A beautiful piece of art enhances any space, but unless you’re a designer or curator, selecting the right art for your home can be a little overwhelming. At Wieland Builders, we obsess over every detail when building your custom home, so we understand how important it is to you that your home is decorated tastefully, but in a way that is appealing to your family. Here are six tips when selecting art for your home:
Do Your Research
Unless you are already up-to-date on art styles and prices, take time to do your research. The Pendleton Art Center in downtown Cincinnati hosts Final Fridays from 6-10 p.m. the last Friday of each month. Housing many studios from local artists under one roof, Final Friday is a perfect way to view works from multiple artists in a variety of mediums. You can also speak with the artists about commissioning pieces, attend lectures and learn about the differences in cost and value between original works of art, reproductions and limited editions.
Buy What You Love
Although it’s normal to want to select pieces for your home that will impress guests, you and your family are the ones who will see your art daily. Buy pieces only that match your style and speak to your soul.
Odds are your art will last longer than your furnishings, but consider their current colors and select art that complements them. When you replace your couch or bedding, take a photo of your art to make sure your replacement items are in the same or a neutral color palette. Also, consider buying black and white photographs. The look is chic and timeless, and goes with any color scheme.
Consider the space you have to fill compared to the size of the room and the furnishings. Even a masterpiece can look out of place depending where it’s displayed. Know your room size and measure the furnishings before making a purchase. Art should take up no more than two-thirds the size of the furnishings it will be displayed behind.
Mix It Up
When many people think of art, they think of paintings, but plenty of other options are available. Consider photography, sculptures, tapestries and even mixed-media pieces such as tile art installations. These options add variety and can be used to create a layered look in your focal point.
When hanging artwork, consider how high it will hang, whether on a blank wall or above a piece of furniture. Typically, the center of a piece should hang at eye level, which is 55 to 60 inches from the floor. The lowest art should hang is 12 inches from the top of the furniture.
Just as details matter when it comes to decorating your home, the third-generation homebuilders at Wieland Builders believe the way to build a quality custom home is to consider every detail. From our contractors to our staff, when we build your home, we think of you coming home. To take the next step in discovering how to make your dream home a reality, contact us today for your free consultation at 513-801-0860. For more great tips and our latest updates, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Houzz, LinkedIn or Pinterest.