There comes a time in everyone’s life when we outgrow posters on our walls and are looking for more refined wall décor. Or, we move into our first place away from home and want to show pride in our accomplishment by reflecting it in the décor. However, many of us shy away from experimenting with wall art and fine art because we do not know exactly how to do it, or are intimidated because we think price tags may be too big.
Fine arts paintings are wall art, but not all wall art is fine. Fine arts paintings simply mean that these are paintings done for an esthetical value. Paint media for fine arts paintings include water color, oils, acrylic, ink, and wash. The subject matter of fine art typically denotes Western European and the traditional. Everything else; such as prints, framed posters, sconces, mirrors, wall sculptures, shelves, ethnic pieces, and artifacts; could be considered wall art for these intents and purposes. While fine arts paintings sound expensive, they do not need to cost a lot.
When you want to add spark to your room with wall art, decorate for yourself, not to please others. However, consider first the type of room or area that you are decorating. A bedroom will call for different wall art than a living room or a hallway.
Prints and framed posters are good for bedrooms, because these rooms mostly reflect your personal space. There, you are free to display any subject matter that appeals to you. You could hang one large piece over your bed and several smaller ones on the wall across from the bed. Even though it is your personal space, any wall art in your bedroom should be balanced.
Sconces are considered wall art, but serve a dual function. Use them in spaces that are dark, such as hallways, entryways, and staircases. Mirrors are also decorative and functional. Place them opposite light sources to make a room appear bigger. However, in order to decorate tastefully with mirrors, use only one mirror per space, unless the mirrors are small. In that case, you can use three to create a pattern on your wall. This adds spark to your room instead of achieving the dreaded Eighties look. Make sure the mirror itself fits your décor and has a stylish border.
Metal wall art can give a large wall some pizzazz, especially if you choose metal art with a three-dimensional design. Since metal art has a cold and modern ambience, make sure you soften the overall effect in your room, unless your whole house is ultra-modern and you prefer it that way. To soften the décor, you can use rich curtain fabrics on your windows in complimenting colors. Using gold and copper metal art also will bring a little warmth into your room, whereas pewter and silver tones add a cooler touch and contrast very well if you have existing red décor in your space.
Fine art does very well in social spaces such as living, family, dining, and great rooms. Hang paintings at eye level as well as centered over couches and fire places. If you choose to make groupings with smaller paintings, remember that you should always use odd numbers.
Other wall art, such as tapestries, oriental fans, masks, plaques, and Southwestern or Indian décor can add spark to any space in your home. If you are outgoing or would like to be, these pieces can be great conversation starters.