How to Choose the Perfect Artwork for Your Space

how to choose the perfect artwork for your space

You've just taken a look around your house, and now you're thinking, "how do I make my space feel a little more special?"

Throughout the years, we've had many people come to us wanting to make their living space more unique, more expressive — more like home. But they're not always sure how to make that happen.

So with that in mind, here are 5 easy steps to choose the perfect artwork for your space.

Step 1: Pick your target wall space

If you're like most of the people we've worked with, it's only when you decide to hang a piece of art that you discover how much you have to consider. From picking the right wall, to the right place on the wall, to the right piece of artwork, how does anyone make a choice they can feel good about a week later? 

We've found that the best way is to get specific with your goal. It's not enough to say "I want more artwork in my living room." A better goal would be "I'm looking for a statement piece above my sofa." The more specific you can get, the easier your decisions will be — and the target will become obvious.  

If you're having trouble coming up with a goal, consider all of the possibilities in your room. Where do you actually have space to hang a piece of art? Then consider where will artwork have the biggest impact on the room.

Another way to look at this is determining where you want to draw attention. Would you rather hang artwork on that small wall space in the corner or on the accent wall where you gather with your friends? 

Step 2: Create your arrangement

You've picked a specific space, but now you need to decide what goes there and how it will be positioned.

Let's simplify all of the options into three categories of arrangements you can consider:

  • You can have a single statement piece
  • You can have a pair of paintings that hang side-by-side
  • Or you can have a gallery wall with several smaller pieces

If you're considering an arrangement with a lot of possible configurations like the gallery wall, we definitely recommend testing out some configurations in advance. Try cutting up some brown paper and taping it to your walls so you can see how different sizes and dimensions work together. 

If the size and scale of the artwork is a difficult decision for you, here's a rule of thumb that you might find useful: artwork (or an arrangement of artwork) should be about 2/3 the width of the furniture in your target space.

You also want the center of the art to be at eye level and only a few inches above the furniture. Too much separation usually doesn't look good. 

interior design tips artwork positioning

This artwork is a bit wider than the 2/3 rule, but the scale works nicely with the lamp. Notice how the painting is only a few inches above the furniture. Interested in this piece of art? Visit our online shop to make it yours.

Step 3: Consider your room

Art sets the tone for a room, so take a look at your existing home decor and see how artwork can work in harmony with what you already have. What is the current mood and color palette of the space? Do you want to continue with your specific look, or are you introducing a brand new style?

Having a clear idea of where you're going will help you make a decision you'll be happy with for a long time.

Step 4: Follow what feels right

This is perhaps the most important step, because art is all about impact and how it makes you feel. It's easy to become too focused on the raw visuals and colors when it comes to choosing art, but the real value of art goes beyond "looks." 

You're placing a specific piece of art in your space to make you feel a specific way. Determine what that feeling is and go after it.

If you're not exactly sure what your "target feeling" is, try asking yourself some simple questions. When you're in this space, do you want your art to inspire you? How about excite you? Or calm you? Do you want the art to make you smile? Are you looking for art to make a group of people feel at ease in your home?

Questions like these are endless, but they should guide you to the decision that feels best.

creating a feeling with artwork interior design

In this space, the designer is using art as a statement piece on the wall. Many people seeking a feeling of peace incorporate nature art into their home decor. Visit our online shop to make this painting (Autumn's Red Carpet) a part of your space.

Step 5: Choose meaningful art

Art becomes more powerful the more you know about it. Knowing who created created your art, what inspired them, their process — it all makes the art have more impact every time you see it in your home.

That's why we recommend shopping directly with fine artists or galleries who carefully curate their collections. You'll be able to ask for all kinds of information in order to strengthen your connection to the art (and give you great stories to share with your friends and visitors).

Art is about creating meaning —reflecting and even celebrating life. The more you know about the art in your home, the more meaning it has and the more you can share. 

And just like that, in 5 simple steps you'll have the right art in the right space for years to come. 

Looking for your "perfect match" artwork?

You just might find it in our online shop! We invite you to visit the shop and find out if the perfect fine art painting is waiting for you there.