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Things to Consider When Decorating Your Home with Art
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So you’ve just bought a new home and are thinking of decorating it with different types of art, despite not really knowing much about it? The good news is even if you’re not an art expert you can still easily use it to decorate your home.

Incorporating an attractive piece of art in your home will not only make it look great, but also give it character and add to its charm. When you choose art, chances are that subconsciously you’ll end up picking out something you connect with, or feel that it reflects you (or a part of you). It is a muted form of self-expression.

Displaying beautiful art and paintings on your walls is a great way to enliven them, and give them color and dimension. Paintings can stimulate your mind, work as conversation starters when guests come over, as well as help you create a flow in the décor of your home.

If you’re worried about how you’re going to hang paintings and posters around your house, then kiss those blues goodbye. In this post, we look at a few factors which need to be considered, that will eventually help you do so.

1. Size

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One of the most important factors that you need to take into consideration when decorating your home with artwork [PAINTINGS ARE A FORM OF ARTWORK, SO YOU DON’T NEED TO REFER TO THEM SEPARATELY AS ART + PAINTINGS.] is the size of the piece with respect to the size of the room.

Do take into account the size of the wall on which you plan to hang the artwork as it needs to balance well with the rest of the area. This is important so that it can hold its own without being garish, or get overshadowed by other items in the room.

Generally, when an artwork is hung over elaborate furniture like a sofa or a bed, its size should be the same or almost the same as that of the furniture below it (or next to it) to create a sense of equilibrium and accord in the room.

Another idea would be to hang several smaller pieces in one big area to create harmony between them and the wall/room.

Using the ‘rule of three’ works very well in filling wall spaces, as well as in creating a sense of scale in the room. This rule involves using three pieces of art, when decorating the wall over a sofa or other furniture. The artwork could be anything – paintings, portraits, hanging sculptures, all of which should be the same size.

These should be arranged in a way that they work in harmony and fill the amount of space which one, large artwork would have covered.

2. Match

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When considering the colors of the artwork you’re interested in, do go for something with colors, patterns, designs, and styles that correlate with the existing components in the room.

Do not make the mistake of buying a painting or any piece of art just because it matches the color of your sofa. You need to take into account the constituents and predominant colors of the entire area where you want to hang your artwork.

In a room with blue walls and white accent pieces, a painting that incorporates the use of blue and white colors or a wall-hanging in those colors would complement the rest of the room.

3. Space

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Imagine entering a room, only to find its walls overcrowded with paintings! I bet it will look quite repulsive, and you wouldn’t know which one to look at, which effectively defeats the purpose of decorating with paintings.

To put it simply, overcrowded artwork isn’t going to work.

Having 30 art pieces on the same wall, without any breathing space, will only result in the art losing focus and becoming a distraction rather than serving as an accent to the room.

Ensure that you leave adequate space between the art pieces to give them room to play out on their own, without looking out-of-sorts. Unless the pieces are closely linked by a particular theme, it is best to place them separately.

4. Theme

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Having a theme/motif, a particular pattern, or a style is an effective way of determining what kind of art you should hang in a room.

Many people have a food motif in their kitchen and dining room, where all the art displayed is connected to food in some way or other.

By doing so, you can merge art with the function of the room. Alternatively, you can also choose to have a theme that runs common throughout the house to add an element of consistency and familiarity.

5. Height

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You probably know that it is best to hang artwork at ‘eye-level.’ But what is the correct eye level for your artwork when you’re 5.5 feet tall, while your husband is 6 feet tall?

As a rule, about 60 to 65 inches from the floor to the center of the art piece is a good place to start. But then again, that is subject to change depending on where you hang the piece.

For example, a large piece would look better hung 6 to 12 inches above the surrounding furniture. However, if you hang artwork on the wall by the stairs, you might want to place the pieces in accordance with the height and the flow of the stairs.


While using art is a great way to add beauty and depth to your home, you need to keep in mind that it should not serve as the dominating aspect of your home, but rather as something that enhances it. There are no hard and fast rules for displaying art. It’s all about using better judgment and making exceptions to the rules as and when required. Remembering that art is not meant to overwhelm or intrude, but to blend in and amaze, will help you work well with it.  

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