Guest Post by Candis Queen
Blank walls, they can either be intimidating or inspiring like a blank canvas. Depending on how you see it the task of choosing artwork can be an absolutely dreadful experience or the most fun you've ever had! After having put together an entire room sometimes the final touches can still seem daunting! Never fear, we're here to help. Let’s walk through four (yes, only four) simple tasks you should check off your to do list when selecting artwork for a space.
Step 2: Determine a Scale
Understanding what scale your artwork should be can be a little tricky, but here are a few ground rules. Anyone viewing the piece should be able to see it at "eye level" on the wall. In design we use an average height of 5'-6" for "eye level" and then typically center the piece on that height. If the piece is to too high then people strain themselves looking up, too low and it won't get enough light and colors may look dirty because of shadows. So choosing a scale can be critical, but I assure you that your art won't burst into flames if its not hung at the right height. Also, determining the actual size of a piece will really depend on two things; one your budget and two how big your wall is. If you have the money, sometimes a large piece of art can be breath-taking but there is also an elegance in a grouping of small photos as well.
Step 3: Decide on a Mood
Decide what type of feeling you want this wall to portray. Is the room that it's going in a little drab? Choose artwork with bright punches of color. This technique will very quickly give you that impact moment you're looking for. Or, does this room have far too much going on already and needs a bit of calm among the madness? Instead opt for artwork with clean lines, subtle textures and calm colors. Deciding what kind of mood you want your wall to evoke ahead of time will save you a tons of time on the back end by helping you quickly narrow down your search results.
When it’s all said and done artwork is truly a personal choice and should convey an owner’s style and taste. Go for a range of pieces that are both inside and outside your comfort zone, that way your collection will always be interesting. Most importantly, don't forget to have fun with it!
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.