Interior design and art go hand in hand, and whether it’s a painting, a print or a sculpture, a carefully selected piece of art can transform any room in your new
However, trying to find the perfect piece to complement your abode can be overwhelming, particularly if you’re new to the world of collecting art.
Here, leading group of retail art galleries, Castle Fine Art, shares advice on how to choose, display and look after the ideal artwork for your space.
1. Research, research and research some more
Whether you’re purchasing your first or one hundredth piece of art, it’s crucial to do your research when acquiring new artwork. Looking online is a great place to start, but often art needs to be viewed in person in order to get a true representation of colour, size and quality.
Consider visiting galleries to familiarise yourself with a wide range of artists and see which pieces you are particularly drawn to.
2. A picture speaks a thousand words
Every piece of art has a story, even right down to the simplest of compositions, and can make a great talking point for people visiting your new home. A good art consultant will be clued up on the artwork they’re selling and each artist’s background and inspirations, and can help you choose something meaningful and thought provoking to display.
That being said, making a statement isn’t the only reason to select a piece of art – there is nothing wrong with choosing something simply because it will look beautiful hanging on your wall.
3. Buy what you love and you’ll never go wrong
When it comes to art, everyone should buy with their heart before their head. Whilst it can be tempting to choose a piece of art based on the latest trends, you should select your artwork because you love it, not because it fits a style you’ve spotted in all of the interior design magazines.
There is no such thing as a ‘bad’ piece of art, and choosing artwork because it appeals to you as an individual regardless of the latest ‘fashion’ is a great way to ensure it’s going to stand the test of time in your home.
4. Know your (space) limits
It’s important to have an idea of how much room you have to house your new artwork so you can avoid choosing a piece that will either overwhelm or get lost in your space. A good art consultant will be willing to accommodate a client’s request to view art in their own home to see how a particular piece will work in the room. Advances in technology mean many galleries have access to apps such as ArtBeamer which allows you to virtually preview an artwork in your home at the click of a button.
5. Let the art do the talking
According to award-winning interior designer, Anouska Lancaster, it’s much better to build a room around the art than the other way around, however this isn’t always possible for everyone. A simple way to ensure your artwork of choice ties in with your décor is to select a piece which includes colours used in the room or reflects a particular mood you want to set.
If a room is decorated with wallpaper, patterns or dark colours, you may find this distracts from the artwork somewhat, so it’s worth considering opting for simple and neutral colour schemes to allow your art to stand out.
Alternatively, if you want to make art the focal point in the room, play down larger elements such as carpets and furniture and use the artwork to add colour, warmth and texture to the space.
6. Presentation is key
Presentation of your chosen artwork is almost as crucial as the selection of the piece itself. Choice of framing can make or break your art and the wall you’re going to hang it on.
Quality is crucial when it comes to selecting a frame and only the best available materials should be used. You should check that all materials that come into contact with the artwork are natural to ensure it maintains its pristine, as-new quality.
Good lighting can also enhance the artwork. You should consider whether you simply want the art to be displayed in a nicely lit room, or if you want to directly illuminate the pieces using a special lighting method, such as pin spotlights or picture lights.
7. Art is forever
If you’ve invested in a beautiful piece of art for your home, it’s worth making the time and effort to keep it in the best condition possible.
It goes without saying that great care should be taken when handling your artwork. Avoid allowing it to come into contact with direct sunlight, and use a very soft brush to remove any specks of dust. Make sure your artwork isn’t exposed to any contaminants, such as smoke and other pollutants, as well as water damage from any dampness, excessive moisture and leaks.
Nothing makes a house feel more like a home than an enticing display of art. Through careful preparation, design considerations and aftercare, your new purchase can be one of the most defining features, enabling you to put your own stamp on your haven in a truly unique way.