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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Work of Art for your House
Oct 23, 2020
'Choosing a Work of Art

by Virtosu Art Gallery

Oct 23, 2020

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Choosing a Work of Art for your House




Hanging wall art is one of the simplest yet impactful ways to improve the look of your home. While it is always ideal to invest in authentic pieces and artworks, we understand that not everyone has the budget.

Some of us can only print out and frame art on our own. We can learn how to choose the right pieces and how to hang them, at the very least, so that even the most affordable pieces will look elegant on our home gallery wall.

Waiting to Fall in Love With Something

We have mentioned that investing in authentic art pieces is ideal, especially one that is not mass-produced and made by a famous or up-and-coming artist. However, it is also this thinking where the first common mistake lies. Unless you are an art collector that intends to invest in rare pieces for reselling, later on, we recommend getting pieces that speak to you instead. Remember, this is for your home. Thus, invest in works that speak to you, inspire you, or bring a smile to your face, even if it is a cheap print that you have framed yourself.
'Waiting to Fall in Love With Something

Choosing Popular Art

Put value in unique pieces over those popularly used, unless these pieces again bring you joy and inspiration. This is called curation, even in the art scene. It is the process of carefully selecting pieces (usually to follow a specific theme) for an exhibition.
'Choosing Popular Art

Arrangement of Accessories and Collections

The next thing to do after carefully selecting wall art is, of course, to put them on display. This is where most mistakes are made, particularly the following:

● Overcrowding.

Don't crowd your walls with art. Several strategically placed pieces are enough to achieve a tasteful look. Here's a pro tip: Can't decide how to arrange your wall art? Lay them out first on top of a wide sheet of paper. Trace your frames once you're happy with the arrangement. Tape the sheet of paper to the wall.

You can then use this template to place the nails that will hold your wall art. You can tear the paper off after doing so, hang your art, and enjoy your gallery wall.

● Improper height.

Before hanging your chosen wall art, though, make sure that they will not be hung too high. Remember, these decorative elements are intended for your visual pleasure and should be hung at eye level.

Wrong Size of the Art

Consider the scale of the room or wall that you're going to hang your art in as well. Your art should ideally be proportionate.

Buying Art That's Too Small for the Wall

Going for a size that's too small for a wall will look awkward and throw your room off-balance. It can, indeed, lead to an illusion of space. It can create that sense of lack or void as well.
'Waiting to Fall in Love With Something

Oversized Art

Have we ever heard of the advice "go big or go home"? Well, this doesn't apply to wall art. Oversized art can make a space look cramped. We have also found it overstimulating. This is undoubtedly not recommended unless you're going for that overpowering, dominating effect.

Should you want to go out of proportion for visual interest, though, opt for a size that is either too big or too small to make it evident that this effect was intentional.

Displaying Meaningless Quote Art

Displaying quotes are becoming an evident trend in interior design for the past few years. We're not surprised. We have long been fascinated by calligraphy art. It can even be traced back to ancient times.

However, don't display quote art pieces that are meaningless to you. Instead, take this opportunity to show words that you can live by.

We prefer to hang them in places that can be easily seen, especially if it matches the room's theme or purpose.

For instance, quotes that inspire you to push your limits will make a brilliant addition to your home gym. Meanwhile, indulgent quotes or recipes will look right at home in your kitchen.
'Choosing Popular Art

Gallery Walls With No Consistent Theme

Speaking of theme, a gallery wall can easily look confused and all over the place if it doesn't follow a consistent theme. Hence, it's always best to put together pieces that share the same theme, aesthetic, style, or color palette for a more uniform look. Just make sure that they don't look exactly matchy-matchy.

To Sum Up

Wall art is an excellent way to express your personality in your home and add color and visual interest to an otherwise dull space. It can be easy to commit various design mistakes by hanging them mindlessly to your walls, though. Hence, we hope that the tips that we have shared with you above will improve your wall art game and achieve the best-looking results.

About author Leila Amber is a Design Trend Setter at Knothome and a passionate writer, home decor, and design enthusiast. She has a keen interest in the content that inspires her to dig deeper into the practice and create helpful design and decor guides.

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