Choosing Wall Art – Does it Speak to You?

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Canvas wall art remains one of the best and most effective ways to finish up your room; the prints pop out from the wall and have a three-dimensional quality to them. They aren’t just pieces of art; they are a decorative object and can easily become the focal point of your room.

So, you’re sold on canvas wall art as your new decorative element. How do you pick the right one?

There isn’t a set rule of guidelines on choosing your next wall hangings, but there are some things you need to consider carefully. We discuss what these are in this post, and why your chosen piece of art should speak to you.

Consider the Space

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Are you hanging your new wall art in the living room or kitchen? Or are you looking for a decorative element to finish up the bedroom? Your new piece of art should be appropriate to the setting, or at least have a subtle nod to where you’re putting it in. Artwork featuring maps or wide landscapes, for example, are great choices for living rooms while poster art is easily at home in kitchens.

On the topic of space, you should also consider where to put it in the room. You do this by determining the focal point which ultimately differs from room to room. The focal point of the bedroom, for example, is at the centre and often on the wall overlooking the bed. For kitchens, it’s above the countertops and cabinets.

By considering the room and its focal areas, you’ll have an easier time determining what wall art to feature.

Theme and Art Movements

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Even if you didn’t have any intention of establishing a theme to your home, you may have unconsciously picked art, furniture and decorative elements with a certain style that exemplify this theme.

It follows that your new hanging wall art should reflect your home’s overall theme. A Mediterranean-style and decorated home will look better if it features artwork with sandy beaches, seaside landscapes, and cobblestone pathways, whereas photography prints and abstract art are great finishing touches for a more modern home.

If you’re looking for a “neutral” art movement that fits with almost any room, we recommend you go with contemporary. It’s a movement that encompasses different art styles and even photography practices and that means you have a lot to choose from.

What About a Contrast?

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There’s nothing wrong with doing a high contrast between your room’s overall theme and the canvas art you’re planning to hang. You can hang a vintage pop art piece on your predominantly modern room, and the contrast will even highlight the canvas art as the focal point of the space.

There is a thin line between standing out and looking out of place. You can avoid the latter by making sure your contrasting canvas art has the same colour scheme as the rest of the room. Even if the style of your artwork clashes with the room, they’re still unified through colour.

Does the Wall Art Speak to You?

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By speak we mean, does it incite emotion from you? When you look a piece of art, do you feel drawn to it or repelled by it? Decorative elements don’t always have a direct message to them unless it’s poster art with a motivational quote. What it’s trying to communicate is usually subtle and this is something you need to take note of.

A piece of art featuring a rolling green landscape is aesthetically pleasing, but what’s the story that you can glean from it?

The benefit of choosing a canvas wall art that resonates with you is that it never goes out of style. You’ll look at it again and again, even as trends come and go, and you’ll still be happy it’s on the wall because of how it speaks to you.

Still haven’t decided on your new canvas art? The Canvas Art Factory offers high-quality and exclusive prints from local and award-winning artists and photographers in the country. From famous fine art to abstract pieces, each one tells a story and we’re sure you’ll find the one that resonates with you the best! Visit our showroom or call us today at +61 7 3383 2880 to learn more.