Give Character to Your Walls
Artwork brings unique character to a home, and it speaks to the personality and interests of the person who lives there. It is a décor element that is transitional; and unlike larger, foundational pieces like rugs and furniture, wall art can be easily moved or replaced as your décor style changes and evolves.
But what is the right wall art for your home, and where do you want to hang it? It’s easy to find art that reflects your personal style, but it can sometimes be hard to know where it enhances and elevates the space best.
Check out our tips below for choosing a piece that you love, as well as ideas to incorporate wall art decor into a space so that it feels cohesive and curated.
Size and Scale
Before you purchase wall art, think of the location where you want to hang it. Measure the area first and take into account that you will want your art to have some breathing room away from any furniture; you don’t want the art to hang too high or too low on the wall. If you are buying a larger print to place over a sofa or a console table you want it to be a little smaller in scale than the furniture, so as not to over-dominate the space. A good rule of thumb is to have the wall art hang about five or six inches above the furniture.
In a smaller area, like a powder bathroom or entryway, wall art can add depth and make a space feel larger. A small print displayed above the toilet, or over bath towel hooks offers a touch of personality and character.
In an entryway vignette, wall art can be displayed over a side table, stacked with books and a potted plant. Instead of the space feeling flat, the inclusion of art creates dimension and movement, instantly making it more visually appealing.
Mix it Up
When you add art to a wall, you instantly give a space texture, color and visual interest. The benefit of wall art is that it doesn’t have to exactly match the overall style of the room. One thing you want to avoid is having a space feel too bland or forced, like that of a model home. Instead, now is your chance to be creative and bold.
Try adding a simple, minimalist sketch as wall decor. Artwork that is more modern offers an eclectic look to a space filled with more traditional influences and silhouettes. Or try a colorful, abstract painting in a more rustic space, decorated with natural wood elements. Hand-picked artwork adds a dynamic aspect; it tells a story, making a room feel more authentic and characterful.
Create a Gallery Wall
The concept of creating and organizing art into a gallery wall can feel overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be. When choosing pieces to hang collectively, be sure to pick framed art prints in varying sizes. There doesn’t have to be an overall theme to your gallery wall, but it should look curated. When hanging up your wall artwork, make sure to measure the distance between each piece. There needs to be enough space between the frames, so as not to look too cluttered. The general idea is to have each print be about three to five inches apart on all sides. Lastly, use your wall space. When arranging a gallery wall, don’t cluster the artwork into a tiny area, feel free to hang art close to the ceiling, which gives perspective and space.
Inspired Wall Art and Decorations for Your Home Office
Your home office is a space where you want to feel creative and inspired. It shouldn’t feel blank, dull and unimaginative. Conversely, you don’t want the space to look chaotic and cluttered. First, choose a color palette that you can draw from, then find artwork that is engaging and expressive. Most importantly, you want your wall art to complement and elevate the overall look of your office.
For a simple and minimalist look, choose a large focal piece (or two smaller pieces of art) that you can hang over your desk or small seating area. This allows your office to have personality while still looking clean and fresh.
If you are looking for a cozy, more vintage-inspired style for wall decor, try artwork in varying sizes. Stagger them on open shelves or mount them for a gallery wall look. Pick frames that are unique, so as not to make the room look too rigid and uniform.
If you have an interest in the arts, wall decor is a great way to brighten up your walls and give personality to a room. Art is an expression of you and allows a place to feel more like your home. Whether you are seeking a large wall art or painting for a living area or dining room, a smaller scale print as part of a vignette or gallery wall, Lulu and Georgia has a thoughtfully curated collection of wall art and decor to choose from.