Choose the Right Wall Art With an Interior Decorator

Written by Emmie Sahlan
Updated January 21, 2016
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An interior decorator can help you determine the best place to hang newly purchased wall art. (Photo by iStock)

If you are thinking of decorating your home with wall art display, working with an interior decorator can help you make the right choice and spend within your budget.

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Displaying wall art in your home can enhance the character of your living space and add color to an otherwise plain room. If you're not sure about what type of wall art would suit your home, investing some time in working with an interior decorator will help you achieve your desired goals, thereby transforming your living space into a more inviting place to relax in.

Types of Wall Art

It is quite a challenging task to choose wall art display due to the numerous varieties available on the market. Wall art includes:

Paintings and murals. Paintings and murals are art pieces produced using pencil, watercolor, oil, acrylic or charcoal. Evoking elegance and style, these types of art are the most popular art forms displayed in homes.

Paintings come in many forms.

• Modern wall art, a popular form of art, includes movements and styles such as field painting, Dadaism, minimalism, photo realism and avant garde.

• Traditional or classical art includes those from the Baroque and Renaissance period and provides an element of sophistication, stylishness and elegance. Authentic pieces of such art are costly and go well with antique furniture setting.

• Abstract art uses patterns and colors to express a concept and adds life to a room.

• Natural art consists of art paintings or prints depicting natural scenes. It gives your home a sense of blending in with nature and exudes an air of relaxation.

Photographs and portraits. Enlarged photographs of family members add personality to the room. Black and white photographs of people or places can accentuate the design of the room that uses the same color scheme, giving it a more subdued, stylish look.

Prints. Prints are high-quality productions of paintings, movie posters and other digital art forms. Such forms of art provide a modern, minimalist feel to the room.

Wall art sculpture. Wall art sculptures are two-dimensional and can be made of wood or iron. They add beauty and depth to the wall surface and can serve as a focal point of a living spac

How to Choose Wall Art Decor?

1. Choose designs according to taste

Simple designs are more pleasing to the eye than complex ones. Simple works of art convey their messages directly to the beholder. In addition, you should incorporate your taste in the choice of wall art that projects your personality and attitude.

2. Consider the size, color and shape

The size and shape of wall art should complement the size and shape of the wall. Choosing the size of the artwork requires very careful consideration as it affects the overall look of the room. A large painting gives the room an overcrowded look while a small art display is inconspicuous. Also bear in mind that the color scheme of the room complements the art piece. For example, if your room comprises neutral tones, an art display comprising bright colors adds life. Alternatively, if your room consists of a bold color scheme, simple art display with neutral colors will balance it out.

3. Match the art piece with the theme

When choosing a piece of wall art, ensure that it does not clash with the theme of your room. For example, a picture depicting Pre-Raphaelite art does not suit a room with Oriental rosewood furniture while an abstract wall art does not work harmoniously in a room filled with antiques.

4. Select the frame presentation carefully

Adding a frame to a piece of wall art accentuates its beauty and directs attention to the display. For a minimalist look, choose a plain, metallic, neutral colored frame that blends in with the color scheme of your room. On the other hand, select an intricately carved wooden frame to add border to a Classical painting in a room filled with Victorian furniture. To introduce contrast, choose mosaic frames for a room that lacks color to draw attention to the art piece.

To display the right wall art in your home, you should consult a professional interior decorator for best results. One of the benefits of working with an interior decorator is that you will be expertly guided with the overall decoration of your home, including getting help with choosing quality wall art display that perfectly suits your room decoration. An interior decorator is trained to pay attention to minute detail and is knowledgeable in finding the right art piece and frame presentation that accentuates your home. Most importantly, he or she works towards your best interest by considering your budget and preference.

Editor's note: This is an updated version of an article originally posted on Aug. 26, 2013.

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