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How to add art to your space

How to add art to your space

How do I choose the right artwork to add to my space? This is one of the most frequent questions people ask. You must make sure you select the right piece of art as it will define your personality. Adding art to your space does not require you to take another mortgage- you can spend as little or as much as you want. This article will guide you on how to add art to 5 key spaces- the living room, kitchen, bedroom, office and bathroom.

The living room.

The most fun room to decorate with art, and most time, the most intimidating is the living room. Most people feel a lot of pressure here since this is the room your guests see and spend time in. The right art in your living room is elemental in provoking conversations and setting a relaxed atmosphere. But where do you start? Think about what you would love to see on the walls as soon as you walk into your living room. Maybe it’s a piece of art that makes your heart sing when you see it or maybe images of things you love and treasure. Add brightly colored pieces of artwork to the dull corners of the room to liven them up. There are three strategic places to hang artwork in a Livingroom- the space above your sofa, above the fireplace mantel and on the empty spaces on the walls. Match the scale of your living room to the pieces of art. A spacious living room gives a chance for a large gallery wall. Art does not have to always be a piece of print or canvas; you can think beyond a 2d image that best reflects you. Go for DIY art to showcase your creativity. This will give your living room a personal touch and save you money.

The bedroom.

The bedroom is a retreat sanctuary, a place for relaxation and the artwork should reflect that. The art in there should have a calming and soothing effect to the occupant. opt for paintings that give a positive outlook towards life and reflects your personality. The best places add your art are the walls directly over the bed or on the wall opposite to bed. The art should be hanging at an eye level for easy view. Large scale pictures are the best but if your bedroom is small, a big sized wall art will make it look even smaller. Including heirlooms as part of your art will bring a personalized feeling. Sculptures work well too, and so do framed pictures of things or people you closely associate with. Make sure that the art syncs with the interior design of the room. Also, let the art you add be determined by your bedroom space. Have the art fill only three quatres of your wall.

The office.

Whether you work from home or in an office, art is a great way to inspire and personalize your place of work. Art offers respite to employees from mundane activities and motivates them to think creatively. This plays an important role in setting the tone of the culture the company promotes in office. To start with, let the reception area have a rotating gallery collection.

This will make the visitors have a lasting impression of your office. Next is the fun part, pick out an assortment of artwork that inspires you. Envision a mood board of sorts, positive images or works by artists who inspire you. Incorporate different sizes as well, big and small so that the possibilities are endless. You can have them all in similar frames for a minimalist look or all different frames to add some character. These pieces can be rotated or updated whenever you get bored. Sync your artwork with the company’s philosophy, culture and the message you want to create. Since your office is accessible to people from all religions, beliefs and races, stay neutral with your artwork to avoid hurting some people.


If you like to cook, you probably spend quite a bit of time in your kitchen. So why shouldn’t it have a little art to liven it up, just like any other space? The first place you should think of adding your art is on the empty walls. If your kitchen is spacious, then you must have some space that is not occupied by the cabinets. Small pieces of art work best in kitchen as there is no need to overwhelm your space. If you do not have the space, you can hang your art in a strategic place. Think of utilizing the space above your upper cabinets.

It is a safe place as it is out of reach of water and grime. If the upper and lower cabinets are not co-joined, then add some art there ensuring that it will not be affected by the splashing water from the sink. If you never use some of your cabinets, hang a lightweight portrait that will be easy to remove in future. Also, you can hang your art on the soffits if you are not afraid of going bold.


Bathrooms are the most neglected rooms with art. Adding bathroom art can create a sense of thoughtfulness and beauty, turning the bathroom from a purely functional space to somewhere you look forward to spending time. The artwork you choose should go with the vibe of the bathroom. For example, if it's a powder room on the main level, you should stick to more fun and bright pieces. If it's a master bath, go with more serene or calming pieces. Adding soft artwork will create a cozy feel. Also, bathroom art looks great in pairs, choose a set of two either stacked or side by side. They can be two of the same abstract pieces with one flipped on its side, or two different pieces that go with the same theme.

Some little advice will wrap up this article. Think of hiring an interior designer to help you add art to your space. It won’t mean you are not creative enough, it’s because interior designers are professionals and more knowledgeable when it comes to art.

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