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HOW TO MATCH ART TO DIFFERENT HOME DECORATING STYLES

Choosing art can be difficult at the best of times – not only do you have personal preference to adhere to, but you’ve also got to make sure it fits the location you’ve picked out. One of the best ways to do this is to take cues from the very space itself when thinking about the kind of art you want to go searching for.

No matter what type of space you have, the first thing to consider is the dimensions of the space you’re wanting to fill. Lara Scolari, one of Australia’s leading contemporary visual artists, recommends that clients “Get some tape, or even some blue tack, to roughly mark out the dimensions of what you believe is the perfect sized artwork for the space – then measure it. Take a photo of the space and your surrounding decor and then take both the image and the measurements with you to the gallery.”

Sometimes, it can be as simple as going to a gallery and having something connect with you as the perfect painting for your space. But if it’s not that easy, Lara has some tips for finding the perfect art to match your home decorating style.

For the rustic room …

If the room you’re decorating has lots of exposed timber, you want to consider carefully what you frame any artwork in. You should think about finish as well as colour. Also bear in mind that you might want to re-paint the colour of the wall where the artwork will hang to make the artwork pop, and to further incorporate your art into the space.

If you like a luxe finish …

Luxe rooms normally utilise bold hues, precious metals, reflective surfaces, exotic timbers, velvet, ornamentation, and silk or patterned fabrics. With daring colour palettes, a luxe space usually demands a rush of colour and vitality. Feature walls can be painted in a rich bold hue and display a large scale dynamic abstract artwork that complements the energy and style of the room. In rooms of this style, I would always recommend framing the artwork.

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For rooms with a coastal vibe …

This is one of the decorating styles of-the-moment, and this décor style is favoured by those who live inland, as well as by the sea. Though there are different varieties of the coastal style, they all share a love of ocean hues, sun-bleached white, natural materials, found objects, raw fabrics and a celebration of natural light. A coastal room enjoys a subtler artwork or one that complements and reflects the rhythmic energy and marine colour palette. A large-scale abstract artwork with texture, movement and ocean hues, as well as the drone/satellite photography of the coast, gives interest and engagement within the space, without being too literal.

If you’ve gone eclectic …

If you’ve chosen a more eclectic style for your interior, you have greater scope to collect pieces of interest from your life and travels and display them together. Artworks within the eclectic space can once again become a collection – but best to keep a common theme. This is also a great opportunity to hang your art in a salon-style. You can almost get away with anything, so really feel free to go for it. Feature artwork can help inspire certain moods, so it’s a great way to really give a space the feel you want. Artwork really helps capture the essence of a room, so making sure the piece you pick tallies with your decorating style will make sure your finished room really is exactly what you envisioned.

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