An artwork to a room is what punctuation is to a sentence; it is an important ingredient that adds character and an element of interest to a space. Selecting a piece of art, whether it is a painting, an art print or a photograph, can be a complicated and intimidating process. To help demystify the process, we have scoured articles by various art experts and interior designers to synthesize a quick guide on how to choose statement making art pieces for your space.

1) Gauge Your Style

You don’t have to be an art connoisseur or an art history major to appreciate art the right way. If you ever browse through an art gallery, there will definitely be some pieces that will strike a chord with you. Figure out their artists and try to learn more about their art. It will help you delve deeper into what colour schemes and design styles resonate with you.

2) Choose Contrast over Matching Styles

Artworks that have color schemes contrasting to a room, jump out and are more eye catching than those that have a color scheme similar to a room.

3) Plan Ahead

Eye up your wall and figure out whether you want to just hang a solo statement art piece, or you want to create an art gallery. In both the cases, it is a good idea to plan for the scale of artworks. If it is a solo piece, you need to make sure it is big enough to be eye-catching. In case you are going for multiple artworks, create mockup images to see whether the sizes and styles of different artworks create a visually pleasing wall display.

4) Splurge on Framing and Museum Quality Glass

If you are buying an art print, make sure that you are spending on purchasing good quality frames and glass as that will instantly elevate the look and feel of your art print. Good quality prints can look unsophisticated and distasteful if the quality of glass or frames is poor.

5) Try Mixing Different Mediums

You don’t have to stick to one kind of a medium while creating a gallery wall. In fact, for a dramatic effect, most interior designers recommend using different art mediums in conjunction. For instance, a photograph, an art print, and a wall sculpture displayed together look more visually appealing than multiple works in a single medium.

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