Home is Where the Art is

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By Angela Zuniga

Staring at a blank wall is never fun. Whether it is an office or living room, adding a little artwork can do wonders on the appeal of a room.

Art adds a bit of spice to your interior decor, but all too often wall art is an afterthought when it comes to revitalizing a space. Unfortunately, it is vastly underrated and people are missing out on some awesome design opportunities. Art can play many roles in the interior design of a setting here are three, to name a few.


1. Art as a Focal point

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Every room needs a focal point, or a single design element that will instantly draw the eye into the space. Usually, it sets the tone for the rest of the room, giving its viewer an idea of what to expect.

Large pieces of art can make a big statement and add a personal touch to any environment.

When deciding on a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space, consider its size. An artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surrounding furniture and a piece that is too big will look as though it is spilling over. Make sure to measure before you purchase.


2. Art Adds Color

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Neutral colors can be timeless, but they can also be boring. If your room needs a little more variety, art can add the burst of color it has been waiting for. Not only can a piece of art brighten up the design of a space, it can also be the foundation of an established color palette.

Use your wall art to guide you when buying accent items such as table center pieces and decorative pillows. Start by picking out two or three shades from wall art that you’d like to incorporate into your decor.


Art Adds Texture

Don’t limit your art selection to two-dimensional paintings. In addition to paintings and prints, you should consider pieces like sculptures or shadow boxes that can add some depth to the room.

Of course anything, even if it’s made of shiny metal or plastic, has its own texture but certain pieces really bring a room together. By providing the eye with something interesting to look at, while also being incredibly soothing, art can change the energy of a design. Smooth textures can add a modern feel while rough textures bring on a classic vibe.

You can find a large variety of textured pieces and you can even be a little more eccentric and literally light up the room with LED lights if you would like!

Why add art?

Did you know your surroundings may be influencing your emotions and state of mind? Yes, art can make a room look better, but that is not the only reason why you should consider adding it to your home. The World Health Organization has defined good health as the complete state of physical, mental and social wellbeing, not just the absence of disease or illness. Although art won’t have you working up a sweat it can positively impact your mental health in different ways.

There are many studies that support the psychology of color, which is based on the mental and emotional effects colors have on sighted people in all facets of life. There are also other studies that show art improving the environment for healthcare settings for its patients. In other words, next time your blank wall seems depressingly boring, adding art to it can make it look better and improve your overall well being.

Jason Lee