Decorating your home – although highly satisfying when you sit back and admire the finished article – can come with many headaches, particularly if you opt to take on the task yourself. Colour charts, interior design magazines, accents, eggshell, or gloss; there are many choices to be made. After all the decisions have been mulled over, the color scheme has been picked, the last brushstroke lovingly applied, and every detail down to the curtains’ texture has been fixed, it can often feel like something is missing. Something that adds that finishing touch and ties it all together.
This is where wall art comes in as the unsuspecting hero of home decor. A well-selected piece of wall art can be the gemstone that brings a sparkle to your revamped room and is often the most important facet of interior design. For example, making the most of your staircase, which usually remains a bare open space, can turn it into a warm, inviting area of your house and provide an extra layer of flair to your home improvement project.
Setting the ambiance
When you pick the colors for your room, you often ask yourself what mood and ambiance the colors will create. Wall art is no different, and in many ways, it can be a more effective way of setting a unique and particular tone.
With an abundant range of choices, not only in terms of texture and color but also with theme and subject, the possibilities for expression here are almost limitless. You can add a touch of your own personality to a room, evoke a desired emotion, or set a calming atmosphere with the right piece of carefully curated art.
Knowing your color palettes is a golden rule of home design. Having a keen eye for which colors compliment each other, which colors clash, and which contrasts well is key. When it comes to wall art, that same keen eye is needed, and having a piece that sits in contrast to your existing decor can be the element that really makes your feature pop, drawing the gaze and making a firm statement of your intended focal point.
Here you can employ a more subtle approach towards developing contrast, using colors that sit nicely against your theme but would perhaps be overbearing if scaled up to an entire wall. Or, if you have opted for darker shades of greens, purples, or greys in your design, you can bring wall art in to add a touch of light to your chosen room.
We’ve touched on the idea of having a focal point to your interior, and wall art provides exactly that. Having an interesting and thought-provoking piece of wall art as the centerpiece of your design transforms the look and the feel and energy of a room.
For guests, art can serve as a conversation starter, something they can instantly relate to, and encourages them to feel more at ease in your home. Wall art that compliments the rest of your decor can be the piece that binds together the larger theme of your design and gives an idea of the tone and atmosphere you have crafted for your home.
As we’ve mentioned, the decision-making process can be tricky for interior design and often takes longer than implementing the design itself. The range of colors, textures, brands, finishes, and styles grows by the day. An abundance of choice often leads to stagnation and indecision that can stifle your creative flow.
In this situation, introducing wall art at the initial stages of your design journey can be a saving grace. Select a piece early on; maybe you already have something hidden away in another room, and use this to galvanize the rest of your creative process. By picking a focal point and deciding on a feature wall from the beginning, you will have a much stronger idea of the theme and direction you wish to take. Choosing color palettes will be a much more precise task when you have a firm idea in your mind of the colors of the wall art you wish to contrast or compliment. It can even give added focus in choosing the wider scheme of your decor, with curtains, furniture, and smaller items being influenced by your wall art style and feel.