On my first day of university, I walked into my empty dorm room, plopped down my bags and before putting my sheets on my bed or unpacking my clothes, I pulled out a print of Monet’s water lilies and tacked it above my bed. Whenever I got too stressed out and needed to calm down, looking at the print always took me to a serene place.
The power of art is not to be underappreciated and while visiting a gallery or museum is an exceptionally beautiful experience, turning your home into a personal showroom is even better. Having a great piece of art can transform a room from stale to stellar—however, choosing the right piece is a meaningful and personal struggle. While selecting art for your home is largely based on personal preference, as with most decor, there are some guidelines we recommend following to maximize your space’s potential.
Rule 1: The dollar sign does not dictate value. You can get a great piece of art for a price without spending a months worth of salary. If you like the art and it speaks to you, it’s valuable.
Rule 2: The style of the room should match the art. Ergo, if your room is filled with antiques, consider a Victorian-style painting with an antique frame. If you have a modern flair to your home, it may be wise to invest in pop art with a sleek frame.
Rule 3: Size matters. If an art piece is too large, it will overwhelm and if the art that is too small, it will get lost and look out of proportion.
Rule 4: Color is key. When selecting art for a particular room, make sure the art pieces incorporates at least two or three colors that are dominant in the room.
Rule 5: Where art is placed is important. Art should typically be hung so that the center of the painting is at eye level
While rules are good to follow, they should be considered guidelines only— so get creative as you want. Before running of to your closest art dealer to shop some wall art, scroll down for my curated list of pieces. I know you’re busy so I went ahead and separated them in the four major categories of art: abstract, animals, figure and nature – so you can select which type of art is most fitting for you! Extra bonus: most of these are free shipping!
Scroll down to shop conversation-starting art pieces conversation-starting art that won’t break the bank!
The animal kingdom is vast and mesmerizing: from the colorful fish of the ocean to the birds that fly above and all of the great beasts and creatures in between, animals offer unrivaled inspiration in art. Because of that, animal art is often times exotic and highly fascinating. Pieces that feature animals look great in living rooms to start conversations and even dining rooms.