What to Consider When Choosing Art for Your Home

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In my last post, I created a sumptuous blue and teal winter colour palette. A colour trend I have seen a lot in interior design lately and a colour scheme I’m really drawn to.

However whilst researching the moodboard, I saw many beautiful interiors, with gorgeous artworks, but the art was rarely credited.

Art for your interiors really shouldn’t be an afterthought. And whilst it’s a great idea to match your art to your interior colour scheme of your room, the art you use should mean something to you. After all, like choosing your husband or wife, you have to look at it every day, so you really need to love it.

Like choosing your husband or wife, you have to look at it every day, so you really need to love it.

What to Consider When Choosing Art for Your Home

In this post I’ve chosen some beautiful artworks that would work with the sumptuous blue and teal colour palette. But generally, what should you be thinking about when choosing an artwork?

Texture in Art

Art for Dark Blue Interior Walls

Artwork by British artist, James Nares

Art for Dark Blue Interior Walls

Look for texture when choosing artwork. Painterly lines, brush strokes, daubs of paint, palette knife marks, thick impasto paint. They really add character to an artwork. You’ll find yourself being drawn to them. You can’t help but take a closer look at an artwork and study its textural details.

The wonderful artists, I would recommend that you explore further, as seen in the image above include (anti-clockwise from top) Karine Leger, Jessica Zoob and Cecilia Carstardt.

Figurative Art

There’s nothing more fascinating than the human face and body. The human form has been studied and continues to be a fascination, of artist of all backgrounds and artistic styles. So you’ll definitely find something that appeals to your artistic sensibilities.

For these particular pieces, I’ve chosen artworks that have a pop of yellow. Put these on a dark blue wall and they would literally pop out at you. I would say that these pieces should be a focal point, rather than part of a gallery wall design where you have many different images together.

Art for Dark Blue Interior Walls

Images above from top anticlockwise: Ellie Van Doorne, Henri Matisse and Mark Demsteader.

Photographic Artwork

There’s some beautiful photographic work around at the moment. Consider works of photographic art that explore different tones like the image below to the left by photographer Whitney Ott. Or unusual photographic methods. Such as Cynotype, a process I really want to try. Like the example seen in the image to the right, created by Christian Marclay called “Unwound Cassette Tap”.

Cyanotype is an old monochrome photographic printing process, discovered by scientist Sir John Herschel introduced in 1842. The result is a cyan-blue print, created using a mix of Ferric ammonium citrate and Potassium ferricyanide. It works brilliantly with botanicals, so as I say, expect to see a few of my own experiments in the future.

Art for Dark Blue Interior Walls

Smooth & Sumptuous

And sometimes you see artwork that oozes creamy gorgeousness, smooth deliciousness and sensual hues that you want to dive into. That’s how I feel about the works of Amy Judd (left) and Georgia O’Keeffe (right).Art for Dark Blue Interior Walls

And Finally…

I’ve loved researching and writing this post! I thoroughly loved studying Art History when I was an A-Level student and it’s a subject I’ll never get bored of. Please do share your favourite artists, illustrators or photographers. I’d love to know an artist that has inspired you or whose art you have hanging in your home.

Have an inspired day

Georgie x

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