For many of us, the idea of selecting artwork can feel daunting. It's worth it to note that if you have felt this way you're not alone, but we also want to take the opportunity to let you know that you may have a better handle on the great big art world than you think! To help put some of this into perspective, the Sorelle Team has compiled four cardinal rules to consider when you start buying art to make the process of purchasing artwork for your space enjoyable – and maybe even fun.
1. THINK ABOUT COLOR
Color matters. The colors in a room should complement one another but they don’t always need to match. A painting with splashes of orange will pop in a blue room. If that seems too bold, soft colors that blend can create a calming effect. Neutral palettes with creme or a greyscale scheme can create a classic aesthetic. The most important thing is to look for colors that you'll enjoy and that make you feel something; whether it's more creative, energized, relaxed; the list goes on! Just remember – your artwork is an investment, so show it off. Don’t let a painting get lost among a sea of other furnishings that overpower it.
2. FILL THE SPACE
In general, people often shy away from large artwork but in our opinion, bigger is better. A good rule of thumb when it comes to paintings above a bed or sofa is to select pieces that are at least two-thirds of the width of that furniture. So - what if you love a smaller piece? We've been there too. You may also consider a gallery wall to fill the space, arranging a group of smaller works of varying sizes together.
3. MIX STYLES
Don’t be afraid of things that don’t match one another. Modern art can make a big impact in a traditional room, and vice versa. The idea is to create visual interest. If you live in a traditional center hall colonial, don’t be afraid to hang a sleek abstract piece. Conversely, if your home has clean, spare lines, a lush, landscape can pair beautifully and add warmth to a space.
4. CHOOSE WHAT YOU LOVE
This is the most important criteria when choosing fine art. Art is a place for expression. Choose pieces that resonate with you, that bring you joy, or peace, or happiness, or all of the above! We always recommend learning about the artist and their work so that it becomes a more personal experience to buy (and live with) your new artwork.
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