Friday, July 13, 2012

Choosing Art for your Home: Part III

Where should you put art?

This is perhaps the easiest question to answer for choosing art for your home. The easiest answer? Everywhere.  Of course, you probably wouldn't want to put an expensive sculpture or painting in a bathroom where steam could damage it - but there is art that is bathroom safe. For instance some photographers print their photographs directly onto metal. This could look fantastic in a bathroom, and would be a great way to personalize the room.

Bedrooms are a great place to put soothing art. Quiet colors, and calming scenes work well in a place you go to relax. Photographs of places you love or would love to visit work well in the room you dream and recharge in.

There does seem to be a recent trend towards art in the kitchen that I am loving. I'm still deciding on the perfect photograph for my kitchen, but I have a bare wall, and I plan to go big with the art - possibly even 20x30. I'll post pictures when I get it done.  I also have a metal sculpture of a cheetah on top of my cabinets. I have cathedral ceilings so I have plenty of room, and this sculpture is at least 5 feet long, and several feet high. I love it in the kitchen, and even though it's up high, everyone who visits notices and comments.

Living rooms, dining rooms, etc are the obvious places for art. They of course should go with your decor, and the scale of the furniture - a long couch really should have big art, or multiples or art - usually an uneven number such as 3 or 5.

An entry way is a great place to go big with art. It's the first thing that people see when they walk into your home, and it's a great place to set the tone for the entire house. If your style is dramatic then knock your guest's socks off with a great piece of art in the entry way!

Usually the best height to hang art at is eye level. This is the most pleasing height to view it at as you don't need to crane your neck to see it. If the art is large then put the middle or most important part at eye level. You should also consider optimal viewing distance - if the art is large your optimal viewing distance may be 4 or more feet away - so it may not be ideal for a narrow hallway where you can't back up far enough to properly view the piece. Small pieces, 8x10 or smaller for example, need to be viewed up close to appreciate the detail - so it may not be ideal to hang it above a large piece of furniture that won't allow you to get close and view it.

View Part I and Part II: Choosing Art for you Home: Part I and Choosing Art for your Home: Part II

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