I must confess I do love working with clients that are interested in art and have pieces they love which they proudly want to feature in the interior design scheme. Art brings so much to a space – life, texture, drama, colour and a finished look.
When choosing art for decoration there are a few features to take into consideration, these include scale, style, colour balance and furniture placement. Art should not be something you buy because of colour i.e you think it would match your sofa! It should be something that you really connect with when you first see it and something that gives you great joy when you look at it every day. Neither does it have to be expensive; we are fortunate that we live in a nation where were have really talented artist at all levels.
A basic principle of interior design is that every room should have a focal point or design element. The use of art is a great way of achieving this by drawing one’s eye into a space. Size and scale are important factors in achieving this. An artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surrounding furniture and a piece that is too big will take over the space. Be careful that you are aware of the wall size to know how much space is available. Pairing works of art
by the same artist creates greater impact. For instance, the painting in the image by the same artist are a great contrast balancing each other and drawing your eye first to one, then the other, and back again.
Together they create a stronger look than each would have y itself. However, do be careful about overcrowding the space, ensure there is plenty of space between them. If you have too many pieces of art on a wall your room loses focus and the art itself becomes a blur rather than a focus. Artwork should serve as an accent to the room as a whole.
Beginning with a piece of art can help with determining the colour palette for the room. The artwork may have a dominant colour and a hint of another. You can use the hint of colour to create balance in the room, through soft furnishings, which spreads the influence of the painting. You can also be bold and use a range of colours
from the piece to create the mood of the room.
The placement of your art is important, but so is the placement of your other furnishings around the art. Sometimes a painting may look great on its own but balancing it with furniture can have a greater impact. A painting over a bookshelf or console can give the painting emphasis. Think carefully about how the painting will work in relation to the furniture around it. In addition to painting and prints you can also consider sculptures as they add depth to the
space and work really well within a room with limited furniture.
Art should not be an afterthought when decorating a new space. In our minds art is very important when it comes to interior design. If it is used thoughtfully art is a fantastic framework to use when planning the rest of the room.