Have you ever been really excited about a piece of artwork that you purchased, but then once you hung it on your wall, the look wasn’t quite what you envisioned? You’re not alone! Interior design and home decorating can be really intimidating.
The good news is, if you already have a poster that you love – something that speaks to you or simply brings a smile to your face – the hard part of the design process is already over! Now, you can use it as your anchor point and coordinate any new art and decorations around that piece. Check out the 3 easy styling tips below for some home inspiration and room decorating ideas.
The Size of your Poster Matters Significantly When Making a Selection
One common mistake people often make when buying artwork is underestimating the size needed to create a striking visual effect on their walls. Unless you are decorating a small wall space or intend to fill a specific spot in an existing gallery, it’s generally advisable to opt for the next size up from what you initially think you need for a blank wall.
The size that might appear “big” when you measure it up close for your space may not have the same impact when viewed from a distance. Remember, most people will be admiring the artwork from several feet away, not up close. From a distance, even your cherished art piece can appear as small as a postage stamp. In essence, opting for a larger size will enhance its visual appeal and make it look more impressive from a distance!
Create a Color Palette By Selecting 2-3 Colors from your Chosen Wall Art
To achieve a cohesive look for your entire room or any specific area like a cozy corner or reading nook, start by envisioning and noting down your preferred color palette. While you may already have personal color preferences to guide you, sometimes it’s challenging to decide on the colors for your space. In such cases, an effortless approach is to extract 2-3 colors from a piece of artwork (or multiple pieces) that you intend to showcase in that particular area. This method works exceptionally well if your room lacks an established color theme (which is quite common). In fact, a straightforward way to decorate a room is to derive the color palette from a single piece of artwork and then acquire home accessories in complementary colors.
When initially designing a room, many individuals opt for neutral-colored furniture, such as brown, gray, and ivory tones, as they are considered safe and versatile choices. This serves as an excellent foundation because once you determine your desired color palette, you can effortlessly enhance the ambiance of your living space by incorporating a few accent pieces, such as pillows, throw blankets, and other accessories.
While Concentrating on Color is essential, Remember Not to Overlook Style, Mood, and Theme
While finding complementary colors can be relatively straightforward, determining your preferred style and the desired emotional ambiance you want to evoke when someone enters a room can be more challenging.
Be sure to select the appropriate type of picture frame. A frame that is excessively wide can distract from your art print and potentially diminish its overall appearance. Of course, there are exceptions to this rule. For instance, if your poster has ample negative space around it or if you opt for a frame with a white mat (as illustrated at the bottom of this page), wider frames can work well. However, in most spaces, a thin black frame (as depicted in the photo below) tends to be the most suitable and visually appealing choice.
Looking for inspiration? Take a look at the ideas below!