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How to Choose Wall Art

Looking to conquer those bare walls with some beautiful wall art? Then this article is for you. Here you'll learn how to choose wall art and hang it like a pro.

Having a home or office with bare walls can be boring and make your space look sterile.

But it's an easy fix when you add some attractive art to your walls. The right wall art will add personality and character to a room and create a space you can enjoy. But before you just pick up a bunch of paintings, photos or wall sculptures, here are essential tips on how to choose the right wall art--and how to hang it, too.

How To Choose Your Wall Art

1. Choose Wall Art That Reflects Your Personality

Owning artwork with a personal touch will make you feel at home and also acts as a good conversation starter.

But don't your wants something that suits your personality? Are you a nature buff?

Put some cool nature scenes on your walls. Love visiting cities, choose some cityscapes.

If you love sports and entertainment, you can find artwork or your favorite sports teams and TV shows. When you take the time to look, you'll find the choices are endless. Another great way to personalize your space is to put up some family photos up. Just pick a frame that matches the style in your photos and you're done.

A wooden frame adds a nice touch to an outdoor photo.

2. Create A Mood With Artwork

Wall art can evoke a mood in your room from mysterious to lively to subdued and more. For the bedroom, choose paintings and photographs that relax you. For the kitchen, select pieces like food art of your favorite foods or a kitchen scene.

For the living room, choose artwork that suits the mood of entertaining while you watch TV and spend time with friends and family.

3. Match Your Wall Art To Your Color Scheme And Home Decor

Your wall art should not be chosen in isolation.

Artwork can tie in your design scheme to the rest of the room. A good idea is to match your pieces to your color scheme and home decor items you already have. If you have a wooden sculpture, choose art with a wooden frame.

If most of the home decor items are three colors, like red, black and white, choose wall art in one or more of those colors.

4. Create A Theme In Your Room

Designers often create themes when they're planning how to decorate. Among them are modern, contemporary, country and eclectic, which means a combination of items and styles. For a modern room, which often features geometric shapes, hang an abstract painting to complete the scene. For a country style, the artwork in country setting makes a nice statement.

5. Size Matters: Select Wall Art That's An Appropriate Size For Your Wall

It's important that your selections are the right size for your wall. You don't want to place a huge painting on a small wall. Additionally, the measurement of the space around your artwork is an important element in choosing the right piece of art for your wall. We'll talk more about the specific measurements in the section on how to hang your wall art.

6. Choosing The Right Amount Of Pieces For Your Walls

You don't want to overcrowd your walls with art and photographs. It's a good idea to choose a few good pieces that accentuate the rest of your home or office. Too much artwork can make you feel claustrophobic. You want your art to be a focal point, not to be overwhelming.

Since every space is different, the best way to decide how many pieces to buy is by looking into home and interior design magazines.

How To Hang Wall Art That Looks Great

If you have a friend or family member that's an artist, ask them to help. He or she will know the ins-and-outs of hanging wall art because artists often build their own picture frames and stretch canvases in addition to hanging art. Any good artist also knows the best view to hang a picture is at eye level unless.

If you don't know an artist or a person who can help you hang your art, or you want to try it on your own, hanging a picture at eye level will give you the best view.

1. The Tools You'll Need

Just like any other home project, to hang your wall art, you'll need the right tools. The tools can vary depending on your walls.

Here are the basic tools:

  • Hammer
  • Picture Hooks
  • Art Hanging Wire
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Anchors
  • Painter's Tape
  • Leveler

If you have standard walls, you'll probably just need picture hooks and a hammer. When buying picture hooks, make sure to get the right size. You'll choose the size based on the weight of your artwork such as maximum 50 pounds. The weights are indicated on the package of your picture hooks.

But if your walls are made of concrete or stucco, you are likely to need screws and either plastic or lead anchor bits to hang your pieces.

The way you'll decide on what tools you'll need is to look on the back of your wall art.

If your art has picture hanging wire, you might need a pair of pliers to tighten the wire. If you are unsure of what tools to use, you can always ask the sales staff at a hardware store. If your art doesn't have wire on the back, it will have a picture hanger that slips onto a screw.

2. Create Your Design With The Right Measurements

Once you have your tools, you're ready to design your art wall. You can make a pattern on the floor to help you visualize how your artwork will look when it's on the wall. Space each piece out evenly. Be sure to leave 3" to 6" between each piece of artwork. When hanging artwork above a sofa or chair, hang each piece 6" to 8" above the furniture. If hanging just one piece on a wall, the standard wall height is 57" to 60" for the best view.

Now you have some great tips on to choose some attractive wall art that suits your style, matches your design and decor of your home and looks fabulous. Have fun.

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