Adding artwork to your space may seem like an expensive and daunting task.
However, you’ll be surprised at how putting a personal stamp on your home through artwork can dramatically improve it. Better yet, you don’t need to spend a fortune.
Location is everything
According to United Interiors director Tony Romano, your first step is working out where you want the piece to go.
“The most important aspect to consider is scale,” says Romano. “Choosing the right size will enhance the space; getting it wrong can make things look out of balance.
“A large room with tall ceilings will accommodate a larger piece naturally, so it all starts with the original assessment of ‘scale’. After that, you can begin to consider the style of art, and the colours that complement the existing space.
If you’ve got a particularly bare space in your home, it’s a great place to start to imagine the possibilities.
Don’t just hang around
Don’t let the idea of framing and hanging your pieces restrict you, says Dimitra Sarakinis, from gallery Lumas.
“There are so many different ways artwork can be displayed – leaning art, for example, is very popular at the moment.”
“Whether you lean the artwork over a fireplace, on a dresser or place a large piece on the floor up against something – there are no rules.”
The cash factor
The next step is to decide whether you want a statement, show-stopping piece, or something more low-key to balance and complement what’s already in the room – and it definitely doesn’t need to be expensive.
Sarakinis says: “Art is not about price, it is about you. A work of art has to mean something to you.
“Whether it’s just that you like the colours of the work, or the piece speaks to you in some way, that’s the main focus – how it makes you feel.”
Trish Khoury, a stylist from Grace Interior Designs, says “there are so many artists locally and globally offering original pieces at reasonable prices”.
“It’s important to have a budget when looking for art but for the most part art does not need to be expensive. There’s art at a price to suit everyone.”
The taste factor
Then there’s the question of taste: How do you know whether something’s ‘good’ or not?
According to Sarakinis, if you have a connection to the piece then you’re off to a good start.
If you need further inspiration – as many of us do – read an art magazine, look at interior trends and go for a wander through art galleries to see which pieces reach out to you.
Sarakinis says if there is a common connection between each gallery and the artworks that have stood out to you then you know you’re on the right track.
Staying in style
So you’ve picked a great piece and chosen the perfect spot for it, but how do you stop it from becoming dated if you decide to change the look of the room?
Romano’s top tip on staying in style? “Keep things minimal if your desire is for a long-term investment in the artwork.”
“The colours should match the minimalist theme and be reasonably subdued as this will always work with whatever the trends of the day are, be they mid-century, industrial luxe or Scandi-chic. A minimalist form with basic colours will work in any scheme.”