How to Master the Art of Wall Decor

June 15, 2018

How to Master the Art of Wall Decor

Listen, you don’t have to be Andy Warhol to curate an awesome art collection.

Great art comes in different shapes and sizes. There’s no surefire method when it comes to finding the perfect piece of wall decor to spice up your home. It’s simply about finding the best pieces that suit your space.

Most furniture stores and liquidators have a great selection of wall decor to choose from. There are plenty of creative ways to liven your wall space with thoughtful pieces of art that mean something to you. That said, there are some important things you should keep in mind during this process as it can be pretty challenging if you don’t know what to look for.


Find Your Purpose
Before you get deep into the actual search for wall decor, you need to ask yourself one important question: what purpose do you want your art to serve?
Are you trying to liven up your space? Is the art meant to be in the background or a real talking point? Do you want people to stop and stare? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking yourself before searching through art shops, antique stores, furniture stores and liquidators for particular pieces.
You really need to know what kind of function your wall decor will have. Once you’ve established the purpose, then you can move on to actually choosing some pieces.

Decide On A Theme
This is an important step in deciding on the art you’ll have in your space. Examine your space as a whole and think about what kind of art pieces would look best based on the character of your home. Does it demand modern art? Do traditional pieces fit more with the style of your home? Are you going to use photography and posters? Do you want the pieces to be humorous or thought-provoking?

Make sure you take some time to see what colours and pieces look good with your existing space. Maybe you’re close to the ocean and looking for a marine-inspired theme, or perhaps you’re in the heart of downtown looking for some sleek modern pieces to compliment the space. Your location can play a big factor in nailing down what wall decor you should turn your attention to.

Art Arrangement
After you’ve hit the furniture stores and liquidators to find some art pieces you love, it’s time to put the pieces together in an engaging way. This is probably the most difficult step in the entire process. Think about how people are going to consume your wall decor.

If you have a painting that you’re particularly fond of and looking to showcase it, take notes. You should hang wall art at the level your eyes naturally fall, this makes it so you’re not looking too high or low at any given time. As a general rule, the centre of your wall art area should be about 60 inches from the ground.

With multiple pieces of wall decor, you need to get a little more creative with your layouts. It’s pretty easy to keep things symmetrical when you have 4 or 5 pieces that are the same size. Things get a little more challenging when there are different sizes involved, so you might have to take that into account.
Generally speaking, you should have the largest piece as the focal point, but you can also lay things out where the smaller pieces also draw the eye. As we said before, it depends on the space itself. You might not even have room for a giant piece and are content with a variety of smaller pieces in an abstract pattern.

Buying Your Art
The most time-consuming (but most rewarding) part of building your own art collection is finding the actual pieces.

Furniture stores and liquidators have great selections that you can check out at affordable prices. It might not be the Picasso painting for $100 million, but it will definitely look great in your space.

You should always have your space in mind and take all the previously discussed steps into consideration before driving aimlessly to a bunch of furniture stores and liquidators. Stick to your vision and build around the creative ideas you have in your head.

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