Just like adding jewelry to the perfect outfit, nothing pulls a room together like impeccably decorated walls. I’ve found at the shop that people are either very excited to buy art, or very intimidated. With so many options available, unique styles, and different aesthetics it can be overwhelming to choose. After-all, art is a true investment, you want to pick something as integral to your home as your favorite sofa! While art speaks differently to everyone, I can offer a few tactics as to how to incorporate pieces into your decor seamlessly and effectively.
Don’t be intimidated by a gallery wall. Using a grouping of photos is a great way to play with a large wall space, not to mention you get to use a wide variety of your favorite pieces! Gone is the pressure to narrow down your selection. Try using a collection of sizes and shapes to create the perfect mix. A well-done gallery wall is a work of art in itself!
Draw focus to one special piece. Maybe you have a favorite photograph from days past that you want to feature. Perhaps there is a painting that you bought and haven’t had the chance to display properly. Using a special piece to anchor a room is a great way to bring attention to your art aesthetic without overwhelming a space.
Tie the art into the room. Accessories and florals bring the energy of the painting into the immediate space. Taking colors and textures from the art and incorporating them into your decor is a lovely way to create cohesiveness in a room without crowding the design.
Think outside the frame. If you find something beautiful that speaks to you, it’s art! I’ve seen women mount birdcages and terrariums to the wall and create an amazing visual effect. Not every piece of art must be the same medium, color or even material. Mixing and matching different styles creates a great path for the eye. This is a great way to really emphasize the ambiance for your area.
Not every piece has to shout! It’s true, not every design needs to be busy and bright. We love to use low contrast decor to create a big impact in a unique way. Sometimes it is nice to let the eye have a chance to pause when the rest of the room has a plethora of design elements. It can be a nice compliment to the overall energy of a space to have a relaxing moment to focus on instead of having the art compete with the rest of the room. For moments like these, we recommend use muted tones or traditional elements in your art pieces.
We are big art lovers here at Nell Hill’s and would love to help on your journey to finding the perfect pieces for your home. We have an exciting lineup of Artists coming into the store to offer their expertise. Jan Fellers will be joining us during the weekend April 26– 28 to speak about her art and is looking forward to meeting all of you. We are thrilled to welcome Jill Opelka in June as well! Stay in the loop with our upcoming events on both Facebook and Instagram, and let us know if there is a specific designer or artist you would like to be featured at Nell Hill’s!
Jane Kelly saysMarch 26, 2019 at 9:34 am
What a great post – one of the best compliments I ever received as a young homeowner was someone looking at our very inexpensively done artwork in our first home and commented what nice artwork we had! I always vowed from then on to always have art that we enjoyed, feeling that if it was pieces we loved – then others would enjoy it as well when they came to visit.
Cheryl Pearson saysOctober 9, 2019 at 3:05 pm
Top picture with leopard on green background. Price and sizes please.
Katie Laughridge saysOctober 10, 2019 at 2:17 pm
That is 18.25″ x 26.25″ and is priced at $415
Greta James saysFebruary 21, 2020 at 3:02 pm
I love that you point out that you can use accessories to tie art into the room to create a cohesive and unique design! My home really needs something unique and meaningful to help me feel more at home. I think I need to look for some exceptional artwork. I will have to keep my eyes open!