We all love art, but it is the intensity of love that matters. There are art enthusiasts who feel that art completely stands on its own and should have nothing to do with the decor. Then there are those who feel that art should be the top priority and then you can add décor to further complement it.
Such people might already have stunning pieces in their possession and then they will build their décor around them. Yet another category is of those for whom décor takes precedence, but as they admire the art or are budding art lovers they want it to spruce up their already existing interiors.
All these breeds of people are different and need different strategies to design their home so that they get satisfaction and happiness. Whatever breed you belong to, you can use these 7 design strategies in your decor to support and complement your art collection, making it even better in the process.
- For the art aficionados, it is always advised to select art first as they cannot compromise on this front. This way, they feel free to buy what they love and need not worry whether the décor will go with it or not. This is something like setting the stage and later they can plan the décor around that prized possession. With your favourite artwork at the focal point of your space, the furniture should create an emphasis or visual frame for that piece. The art piece itself is enough to lighten up space, but placing the furniture in the right manner gives it emphasis. It has the same effect as underlining a word in a sentence.
- Art does not mean only painting. It can be a sculpture or a photograph. The concept will still be the same to use décor enhancing the beauty of this art piece. How you do it depends on the scale, proportion and character of the art; you will also have to take the décor into account if it already exists.
- There are people who love traditional art and then there are some who believe in modern. Both these are very different in their approach. If you have these contradictory personalities in the same house then you can juxtaposition the modern with traditional themes. It gives a very good effect.
- Too much of anything is bad and this goes with art too. If you try to showcase too many art pieces in a single space, it will lose its sheen and look more of a clutter than classy. This goes true with furniture and art too. You will have to choose one of them as a star and the other needs to complement the star and not compete with it.
- Another important element of any décor is lighting. Whether art is your focal point or décor, appropriate lighting is a must to enhance it. Keeping in mind the impact during the day and night, lighting should be done accordingly. If it is some art form on the wall, you should have focus on lightings mounted on the wall. Similarly depending upon the placement of sculpture, you can decide how to add a dramatic effect to it by using correct lighting.
- This tip works for everyone whether you are an art aficionado or a fresher. Depending on what is your priority, you can repeat the colours or patterns of the art with décor or vice versa. If you want a bold look in your room, you can add these colours or patterns on the wall. But, if you want something subtle then throwing in cushions or rugs in the dominant or contrast colour of the artwork will do the trick. This tip actually blends the art and décor together beautifully.
- Use of mirrors is not only done to give the feeling of abundance and enhancement, but they can also be used to reflect the art form. Placement of mirrors on the wall and ceiling gives a pretty dramatic effect to the décor. Seeing the reflection of art enhances its beauty multi-fold.
In spite of the tussle that exists between the love for art and décor about which should take precedence in the design scheme, these seven tips or strategies will definitely help you. You may belong to any category – an art aficionado, a budding artist, a moderate art lover or a new kid on the block, the fact remains the same. And the fact is that any art piece in any form always looks better and has a greater impact in the space when the decor supports it. Décor and art should augment each other and not try to belittle.