How to Curate Art for Your HomeDesign Guides
Art is integral to any home. Whether you prefer abstract, representational, or photographic pieces, art is a reflection of your home and your personality. But purchasing art can be daunting. So don’t wing it. Our senior designers have these tips for selecting home art.
Pick Pieces that Match Your Style
The first step in selecting wall art is to determine the overall home decor style that you’re trying to accomplish. For a highly contemporary, modern home, we suggest going with abstract pieces. In this Four Season’s luxury condo, we selected a collection of colorful, abstract pieces, which blend in seamlessly with the highly modern design scheme.
Mix and Match Art (Sparingly)
Your wall art doesn’t have to perfectly match your home decor. If you have a more traditional home interior, consider mixing it up with something modern. But do so sparingly. When mixing and matching styles, pick subtle art pieces, like we did in this transitional Upper East Side apartment.
Make a Statement (Without Overwhelming)
We love the painting in the entryway of this mid-century home. Why? Because it makes a bold statement while perfectly complimenting the rest of the room. All of the colors in the painting can also be found in the area rug, and the frame is an ode to the art deco and mid-century elements that can be seen throughout the home.
If you’re trying to find ways to incorporate art into your home, then consider the color palette that you already have, and select pieces that match accordingly. And conversely, if you’re looking for colors to inspire your home design, consider looking to your artwork for inspiration. That’s exactly what we did in this colorful family room on the Upper West Side.
If you’re not designing on a massive budget, but still want to incorporate some original art pieces, then consider adding photographs to your home. Photographic prints tend to be less expensive than original paintings, and can make just as much of a statement. To compliment this masculine and somber master bedroom, we sourced a dramatic black and white photograph of a horse.
One of the easiest ways to effectively incorporate artwork into your home is to pick out a theme that coordinates with your existing furniture. Our clients for this Upper East Side apartment wanted a beachy urban oasis. So we selected this Gray Malin print, which shows beach-goers slowly wading into the water.
And if you can’t settle one piece, then don’t. A well-curated gallery wall can look just as sleek and exciting as a floor-to-ceiling splatter painting. Make sure your frames are all the same color and style, and start by hanging the largest pieces in the center. Then work your way outward, like we did in this West Village duplex.