Post updated in 2023

Sourcing furniture, selecting accessories and embellishing windows with exquisite fabrics are essential in creating a beautiful living space. However, an integral part of the design process that we often overlook is the importance of selecting art and the placement of art to create that magical space. Here is an introduction to selecting art.

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Art from The Artery art by Betty Club Mbijtana, Title: Bush Melon Dreaming

Introducing Art to Your Interiors

Choose art that speaks to you emotionally. Art has the power to evoke feelings, memories, and connections. When a piece resonates with you, it will bring a sense of authenticity to your home.

Art comes in various forms, such as paintings, prints, sculptures, photographs, etc. Experiment with different mediums to add texture and dimension to your space. Mixing multiple mediums can also create a visually dynamic atmosphere.

Consider supporting local artists and galleries. Buying from local artists not only adds a unique touch to your home but also helps the artistic community in your area.

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Photo Anne Resplendino | Sculpture By the Sea 2016 | Cave Urban, title: The Golden Hour

Selecting Art our Introduction | Size matters

Size does matter! You’ve selected the lounge, dining tables, and dresser and measured the space where the furniture will best fit. Sourcing art is much the same; the size of your artwork is as important as selecting the size of the table.

Contemporary art is best displayed as a large piece on one wall. It has a significant impact and creates a mood. Art placed above the dresser or a mantelpiece should be a third shorter on either side of the length of the furniture.

More miniature framed artworks can be displayed together. Different art sizes can tell a story or have a theme that connects it all. Art can replace furniture within the space with the right colour and texture to add to your interior style.

Different spaces in your home have varying lighting, sizes, and functions. A large, bold piece might be perfect for a focal point in your living room, while smaller, more intricate details might work better in hallways or cozy corners.

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Photo source from Elle Decor | Design by Thad Hayes | Photo: William Waldron

BECOME A COLLECTOR

Collecting art is a personal passion and, more often than not, is a long-term investment continuously nurtured. People collect art that speaks to them; whether it be a particular art style, an era or an artist, the art collection is a very personal undertaking.

WHERE TO START

For a fun summer outing, check out the Arcadian Artists. This group of local artists residing in the Hills Districts of Sydney open their studios for a weekend every year in November. This is a great way to source artwork for your home, and in addition, it supports local artists. The Arcadian Artist Exhibition and Art Trail is coming up on 11 and 12th of November.

Also, check your local art exhibitions or art shows organised in your municipality; these events are held yearly and are a great way to view different styles and meet the artists.

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Art from ARTBANK | Artist Jemima WYMAN

ARTWORK FOR HIRE

For those on a budget but still desire some newfound character for their walls, an excellent option is to lease artwork.

Leasing is a great way to introduce art into your home. ART BANK is a service that sources art from living Australian contemporary artists. ART BANK has an extensive collection, and the hire fee goes to support the artist. Selecting ART for your home can be fun!

Selecting art for your home is a delightful journey that allows you to express your creativity and personality. Following these tips and embracing your unique taste, you can curate a stunning art collection that transforms your living space into a captivating visual narrative.

Selecting ART | Elevate Your Home Aesthetics

In conclusion to our introduction to selecting ART for your home, please look at our projects with some great art we’ve chosen for our client’s home.

Read our post about Selecting Contemporary Art and find out where to source great artworks in Sydney.