I am often asked about how to choose art for your home. There are no hard-and-fast rules about what is or isn’t “good art,” so my number-one rule is to always choose art that speaks to you. If you like it, then you should buy it!
There are two different rules of thumb for using art in your home, though. You can either design a room around the art – and I know many designers who do. Or you can select art after the room is designed, finding the perfect piece to finish the space.
Either way, you always need to consider three things: scale, color, pattern. For scale, you need to ensure that the art is the right size for the space and for the other items in the room. If the art is bold and oversized, then the room should be minimal so there isn’t a fight for dominance.
The colors of the art should complement the room’s decor. That doesn’t mean it has to match! It can either have some of the same colors in the room, or it can include complementary colors to those in the room.
By pattern I mean that the painting can be very detailed and have a lot going on in it, or it can be a minimal work with simple lines style. Either way, it should again work with the room and not against it.
No matter what, though, I always encourage buying original art at whatever level you can afford. There is no better way to set your home apart from everyone else’s and to really show your own personality and style!