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5 Reasons Artwork Makes A Room

Focal Point

Bold artwork can instantly transform any space creating a focal point that will immediately draw the eye. Show off your personal style with a vintage matisse print or a colourful modern abstract.

Ties in Colour

Art is the perfect place to draw a colour palette from. To create a cohesive space, match some elements around the room to the colours in your print or frame, such as pillows, small decor elements or even the couch colour.

Texture

Whether your art is physically textural (for example thick paint) or visually textured (think small patterns making the piece seem to have a texture) adding wall art to a space will give your room dimension. This is crucial for modern or minimalist spaces with all clean lines and simple furniture, the space will seem flat and uninteresting without art.

Space

Adding framed artwork to a room can affect how large the space feels. Similar to the trick of hanging your curtains higher up, adding large art prints higher on your walls will draw your eyes up, making the space feel larger.

Finished Look

Art is the final element in a room that makes the design feel finished. Without framed wall art the space will seem empty and unfinished.
Modern minimalist line art in Scandinavian living room

 

5 Tips For Styling Large Abstract Art Prints

Location

Whether you choose to hang or style the abstract on a modern console, location is always a key factor in styling an artwork. Consider how large the piece of furniture is that you’re hanging the piece above or placing on, try to make sure the framed artwork is around 2/3 the size/width of that furniture.

Decor

If you’re placing this piece on a console, try to keep the pieces of decor surrounding the art print staggered in height. For example, place the framed abstract artwork next to some candlesticks, books or a vase. This wiIl help the piece to seem more balanced and not so out of place on a console.

Colour Palette

Depending on the colours in your space and artwork, the piece will either become a focal point or fade into the background. If you’re looking to make the modern abstract draw the eye, go for a bold black and white piece or a colourful shape artwork. Add some matching pillows or small decor pieces around the space in matching colours so that the artwork’s colours are scattered through the room drawing the eye around the space.

Texture

If your room is on the more minimalist or Scandinavian end, adding a simple neutral modern abstract is a great choice. This will add the texture to your space without bringing your eyes away from the bold modern furniture.

Furniture

If you’re styling a modern abstract art print, the furniture in that space should be modern as well. Keeping a cohesive furniture style can help the room and artwork to feel like it all belongs together.
Modern minimalist abstract in living room

4 Art Ideas for Modern Dining Rooms

These are spaces meant to entertain and be eye catching, so adding some attention grabbing artwork to this space is important.

Abstract Gallery Wall

If you have a larger empty wall, adding a gallery wall is a great choice. You can either keep the prints in a consistent colour palette or with matching black frames to keep it modern. Bold black and white prints in a thin black wood frame is sure to be eye catching.

Art Pairs

If you have a medium sized space on your wall, a set of prints is perfect. Vintage print sets such as Matisse or Van Gogh prints have become a trendy option in dining rooms. These prints are great either on the wall or on a console, and can really bring out colours in your space.

Bold Modern Art

For a conversation starter, modern art is amazing. For a fun modern take on traditional painting in dining rooms, add a vintage painting with a modern saying written across it.

Large Modern Landscape

Abstract landscapes are hugely popular right now, these contemporary pieces are a fun spin on traditional landscapes in dining rooms. For bonus points, try to match the colours in your art to elements in your dining room such as napkins or a centrepiece.
Modern Abstract Landscape in Dining Room

4 Tips For Making Art Fit Into Any Space

If you have a piece of artwork you’ve been meaning to use but can’t seem to style, here are four tips for you.

Colour Palette

When styling framed pieces or prints, try to have the decor bring out specific colours from the artwork. For example, if you hung a landscape in your dining room that had a splash of red in it, try to match the table cloth or napkins to this colour.

Shape

This goes into your design style, for example are you someone with a modern home with minimalist square furniture, or are you someone who likes a boho space with lots of round decor and furniture? Hanging an abstract with similar shapes to the rest of the room can really make a piece seem like it belongs in that room.

Texture

Art is a great way to add texture to a space, whether it’s a physical texture like a thick paint, or printed on a framed digital print. If your artwork is busy (had lots of texture, colour, or objects) I recommend styling it in a simpler spot, like over a couch or on a wall with less clutter so that your eye is drawn to the artwork.

Height

Framed art prints are a great way to add visual height to a space to make it seem bigger. Try to keep the art around 2/3 the size of the furniture you’re hanging it above. If you’re not hanging the art and are instead styling the piece sitting on a console, have some candle sticks or a vase beside it that’s a medium height and a stack of books or a small dish, staggering the heights of the surrounding objects.
Framed Modern Classical Artwork

4 Tips For Layering Art on Consoles

Cohesive Frames

When creating any sort of gallery wall or set, having matching frames is the easiest way to make the art match. For a modern take, use a thin black or white frame. For a more traditional or vintage look, frame your art prints with a maple or grey wood frame.

Colour Palette

Keeping a simple colour palette is important when styling prints. Try to stick to either a warm colour palette (yellows, oranges, red and browns) or a cool colour palette (blues, greens, purples and greys) for your artwork.

Theme

Another option for choosing art prints to style together is choosing a theme. This can be as broad as portraits or landscapes, or more specific like yellow florals. When styled together even if the prints’ frames and artists aren’t the same, the prints seem to belong together.

Matching Art Sets

For an easy and modern way to create a layered art look on a console, stick to a set of matching art prints. Some popular options for this look include vintage prints, abstracts and figures. Matisse and Van Gogh vintage sets have become a trendy option for minimalists, adding some colour and texture to a simple space.
Framed Modern Art Prints

6 Tips For Cleaning Your Artwork

 Cotton Cloth

Use a cotton cloth to gently clean your artwork. These are pretty safe to use on prints, paintings and sculptures. You could also use a microfibre cloth if you prefer using those. You can also use a barely damp cotton cloth to dust the frame. If your piece is on paper, try to avoid using water to clean the artwork or glass since it can leave water stains.

Olive-Oil Based Soap

This type of soap is perfect for cleaning the grime off of oil or acrylic based paints. It’s a gentle soap that will get the dust and dirt off your artwork without damaging it.

Q Tips

If your artwork or frame has texture, you may find that a cloth can’t get into the nooks and crannies. Using a dry or slightly damp q-tip on the frame will get the job done.

Soft Dry Brush

For dusting, a soft dry brush can easily do the job well. I recommend using these over cloths if you’re worried about water damage or if your piece is old and delicate.

Avoid Humid Areas

Humidity can cause mold to grow under glass and frames. Framed artworks should ideally be kept in dry areas.

Avoid Direct Contact With Sunlight

Direct sunlight can discolour or fade artwork making it seem dirty or old quickly. Try to keep artwork away from bright windows to make sure that your artwork stays vibrant for longer.
Soft Dry Brush For Cleaning Frames

3 Tips For Styling Modern Classical Art

Clean Modern Frame

To elevate these prints from vintage to modern, the frame will make all the difference. Stick to a simple white or black thin frame to modernize the classical style. These simple frames also complement the artwork well as the prints tend to be visually cluttered, so keeping a simple frame is important.

Style with Sculptures

There has been a huge resurgence in classical art and sculptures. A big 2021 and 2022 trend is modern classical artwork styled with greek statues or busts. You can either place these sculptures on a console underneath the artwork, or on a shelf beside the print. Try to use a bright white sculpture to complement the modern, clean style associated with modern classical design.

Keep Decor Simple

This design style tends to lean into minimalist and neutral colour palettes and decor. This includes white or cream walls, lots of bright and neutral furniture and pops of black or beige decor elements.
Framed Modern Classical Artwork

5 Gallery Wall Ideas

Art and Mirrors

If you’re into a more eclectic decor style, having a mix of framed art prints and mirrors in a gallery all is a great option. This look is perfect for a living room wall with lots of empty space and mismatched furniture. I recommend using vintage scrollwork framed mirrors to add some texture and visual interest.

Art all the same size

If your space is a little modern modern and minimalist, try going for a gallery wall of artwork in the same size. These simple and classic sets look great with a simple black or white frame and suit a hallway or stairwell.

Vintage art

For those of you who have vintage or maximalist spaces, I would recommend this option. For a more traditional room, use botanical prints, but for a more modern take, use framed vintage prints like a colourful Matisse work. Try to stagger the sizes but keep the artwork in a matching frame and or colour palette to keep the wall cohesive.

Framed art prints and posters

If you’ve spent any time on Pintrest lately, you have probably seen the gallery walls with mixed framed art and posters. These are a good option if you have a larger wall and need to fill in more space. Try to stagger the sizes of both the posters as well as your framed art prints. Since these gallery walls tend to be larger, practice the layout of your gallery wall on the floor before making holes in your walls to hang them up.

Art and plants

For any boho lover, mixing plants and art is a must. When mixing these, try to use air plants as they require little to no water, which will protect your artwork and walls. Another option is to use fake plants in pots with hooks to hang on the wall.
Vintage Prints Framed Gallery Wall

4 Minimalist Art Ideas

Abstracts

Between line art, shape and textural abstracts, these pieces are perfect for any modern space. These are great for either going neutral, or adding a pop of colour to your space. Abstract art prints are great larger, they can be a dramatic piece on white walls

Photography

Black and white photography is a great choice for minimalist rooms. These are also a great option for a gallery wall. I recommend sticking to a simple black frame to fit into a minimalist space.

Landscapes

Modern abstract landscapes art prints have been rising in popularity for a while. These beautiful neutral paintings are a great more traditional take on minimalist art. These pieces suit the space over a couch, a mantel or a modern console perfectly.

Modern Botanicals

These line and shape based pieces are a really unique option for a minimalist space. If your space is colourful, stick to a simple piece with line art leaves, but if your room needs some colour, a vibrant shape based botanical print is perfect.
Modern minimalist abstract in living room

4 Tips For Choosing Art

Colour

When choosing a colour palette, try to either have the art match the colour palette of the space, or use a totally opposite colour scheme to make it pop. When choosing colour, consider if you would like your art print to draw the eye or blend in harmoniously. Trending colour palettes are neutrals, greys and pastels, but feel free to experiment and have fun with colour!

Size

People tend to choose art that is too small for a wall. If you’re just hanging one or two pieces say over a couch, make sure they’re large enough to fill the space, 24”x36” and up. For a gallery wall or a smaller space, I recommend using 8”x10” to around 20”x28”, with maybe one larger piece at 24"x36". Remember when you’re hanging a large piece of framed artwork on a plaster wall to either hang from a wall stud or use wall plugs so the weight can be supported properly.

Frame

Similar to colour, consider if you would like the frame to blend into the artwork, or be a bold accent. I usually choose simple wood frames for my pieces, but vintage frames with scrollwork are making a big comeback with the rise of interior design styles like dark academia. For a clean minimalist look, go for a simple black wood frame, and for a more boho or Scandinavian look, use a maple or grey frame.

Style

Artwork is very subjective, everyone likes different styles. I can however recommend if your room is modern to use styles like abstracts or line art to compliment your room. If your space is traditional, you may prefer landscapes or photography. Take some time to browse Pinterest with relevant keywords to find art styles you may enjoy, such as searching “modern bedroom” or “Scandinavian living room”.