A home comes alive when artworks are hung on its walls. Paintings, drawings, collages, and other masterpieces can change the atmosphere of a room, making it cosy and welcoming, small spaces seem larger, and dark ones airier. Hanging artworks is also a way for you to display your personal tastes and interests.
(How to choose art for your home, www.primelocation.com)
Some people find the idea of choosing and hanging art a little scary. What if they get it wrong? The answer is that if you produce an effect you like, you've got it right.
Art can be an investment, but it is more important to choose something you like and want to live with than to bank on a future increase in value that may never happen.
A piece of artwork will look its best if it suits its surroundings, so it can be worth looking for art to match existing decor. For instance, modern art can look out of place in an older building, while an old painting will not fit with modern furniture.
Choose large canvases for large spaces, or use a group of smaller paintings to break up a wall. Look for colours that match-or contrast-shades used in the room, such as in curtains and other soft furnishings. Even something as simple as the choice of a dark or light wood or metal frame can help a picture fit in with the look of a room.
Visit art galleries and exhibitions to get an idea of what you like. Local artists often hang their work in libraries, shops, or cafés, and these are available to purchase. It's fun to check secondhand shops and markets for paintings, and you can get a bargain this way.
The internet is a great source of inspiration, and you can even buy art online in Australia for delivery to your home, giving you a wide range of options to suit all tastes and budgets.
If nothing you come across seems quite right, consider commissioning a piece of art. An artist will work with you to pick exactly the right style, subject, colours, and even size, to fit your requirements perfectly. Commissioning canvas art in Australia can cost less than you think, too.
(David Bromstad teaches us how to select art, www.sheknows.com)