Using Artwork to Decorate A Home

Using Artwork to Decorate A Home

 

A home is a reflection of the people who live there. Your client’s home – or their space you are designing – should reflect their personal style and their interests. It should also be inviting to others who are visiting. That’s a lot to ask, right?!

 

Luckily, decorating a home doesn’t have to be labor intensive, expensive, or involve too much work. Artwork can help make a house a home and make it more appealing to the client’s visitors and to the client themselves every day! It can also be confusing, and it’s easy to buy too much or too little, or stress over design decisions, making using artwork to decorate your home more stressful than it should be.

 

Here are 7 easy ways to use artwork to decorate a home and make sure your client’s personality – and the beauty of their home – shines through!

 

1. Don’t focus on price. Some pieces of art are expensive, some are not. Both can be equally beautiful. Anything can be art – a cool, unique tapestry, personal photos, even found objects – and even pieces of art purchased can be inexpensive. Try scouting out local artists, especially if they’re just getting started. The piece may be by a famous artist in a few years, and you’ll know you helped them get there! Also, some pieces, like canvas art, can be customized and personalized without sacrificing quality – all for a very affordable price for those clients looking for a great value!

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Canvas art by Canvas Press

 

2. Make sure you have art the client loves in every room! Don’t neglect the kitchen, entryway, or bathrooms – if you can’t find the perfect piece for your cleint, you can get a customized piece of art. Just don’t leave blank walls! Visitors feel more comfortable in a lived-in space!

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Interior Design by Style My Space

 

3. Keep proportions in mind. This one is pretty easy – don’t put a giant painting on a tiny wall, or a tiny photo on a giant wall, all alone. Walls are like bodies. You would feel uncomfortable in clothes that are huge or too small, so dress your walls in the appropriate sizes!

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Interior Design by Style My Space

 

4. Do plan – but also be spontaneous! Making a photo wall? You probably want a layout before you start hammering. Plans are important when it comes to using artwork to decorate a home. But don’t feel like you have to stick to them! If a piece doesn’t work, or if you find something better, change it, even if it disrupts your plan! Another good idea would be to lay out the photo collage on the floor to have an idea how it will look like together. By doing so, you’ll be able to make small adjustments that will make it look perfect!

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Interior Design by Style My Space

 

5. Don’t forget about plants! Plants are great for decorating a home. But wait? Isn’t this about art? Plants can be art too! Look for beautiful pots or pretty rocks to surround your plants with, and take some of the art off the walls into the room itself. Plus, you’re making the air in the house easier and cleaner to breathe – something everyone loves!

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Interior Design by Style My Space

 

6. Make a statement. Statement pieces are great! One large painting can have a huge impact, as can bright colors (don’t be afraid of color!), and interesting subjects. Don’t crowd too many statement pieces into one space, but having a spot of visual focus is important in any room, and it gives visitors or potential home buyers something to remember and discuss.

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Interior Design by Style My Space

 

7. Let your clients love what they love unapologetically. Do they love bright walls? Love it and use it. Do they love large paintings of abstract fruit? Love it, find it and use it. Even if something isn’t trendy, or if the rules say not to do it, if they love it, use it to how they wish! That’s the ultimate tip, and if you follow that you’re clients will love the space you designed for them!

 

Decorating is fun, but it does have rules – even if they’re just there to be broken! Happy decorating! If you are passionate about decorating and looking to learn more check out The Academy of Interior Design. The Academy of Interior Design offers 5 day certificate courses that prepares it’s students for a career in interior design.

 

To purchase canvas art for your project check out – Canvas Press. Canvas Press offers high quality canvas art for an affordable price.

How to Make the Most Out of Wall Art

Wall art hung in a space has the potential to make or break the room. If hung properly, the wall art can enhance the room, and even make the room appear the optimal size and shape. If the wall art is hung poorly on the other hand, it could be a eye sore, even if the piece of art hung is beautiful.

When hanging wall art – placement is essential. A beautiful piece of art can look terrible or unnoticeable if hung improperly. Here are some generic rules of thumb to follow:

  1. Let’s start with a common trick – wall art should be hung at eye level. Yes, this is very true, however, what if your ceilings are low, or you happen to be relatively shorter or taller than the average human? In this case, consider hanging wall art ¾ of the way up of the wall. If you divide your wall into 4 equal parts from floor to ceiling, then your wall art should be hung in the third section from the bottom.
  2. If you are looking to make a statement with a collage of wall art, treat that collage as one piece in respect of figuring where to hang it on the wall. If the collage were just one piece, where should that one piece start and end? To figure out where to place each individual piece in the collage, lay it out on the floor prior to hanging. This will ensure a good arrangement.
  3. Make sure the art being hung alines with the size and shape of the room. If a room has long, wide walls, then a long piece of art would be appropriate. On the other hand, if a room has tall, narrow walls, then a tall piece of art would be appropriate in this case. Also be conscious of the size of the art. Save large pieces for large rooms, and smaller pieces for smaller spaces.

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Students of The Academy of Home Staging learn how to hang canvas art for a lived-in redesign. Notice how the collage is treated as one piece.

When hanging wall art near furniture, these rules of thumb change to accommodate the furniture. Nothing it worse than an unsettling wall gap between the sofa and the art being hung above. In contrast, hanging the art too close to the furniture can also hurt the visual of the art. When hanging art around furniture keep these dimensions in mind:
  • Wall art should be hung 6 to 8 inches above the sofa.
  • Wall art should be ½ to ⅔ the width of the sofa.
  • Wall art generally looks best at eye level – about 57 inches from the floor.

Whether staging or designing a space, canvas art is a great high-quality option that is also affordable. Canva Prints offers customized canvas art, perfect to accentuate a room with. Click here to see their prints.
Interested in learning more great design tips, or looking to start a design business of your own? Check out The Academy of Home Staging and Design. The Academy offers 5 and 6 day home staging and interior design certification courses that prepare each student for a career in design through personalized instruction, mentoring, and hands-on exercises. Click here for more info.

Why Home Stagers Are Needed More Than Ever

Redfin recently studied a sample of over 3,000 United States citizens in 11 urban areas who either purchased a home, or was in the process of purchasing a home. The motivation behind this survey, according to Redfin, was to better understand the mindset of the current people in the market for a new home and to figure recent trends in home buying.

Redfin found six primary findings, one of which we thought was relevant to home staging:
“33% of people who bought a home in the last year made an offer without first seeing the home. That’s up from 19% a year ago.

Millennials are making waves and changing the way one buys a home. With more Millennials entering the real estate market, the percent of people purchasing a house without first seeing the house is growing rapidly. To further this inference, 41% of Millennials reported they have made an offer sight-unseen, compared to 30% of Generation Xers and 12% of Baby Boomers.
But what does that mean in terms of home staging?
Home buyers are relying on the internet to shop for and purchase homes. This alone shows the importance of photography and home staging in today’s real estate market. With the online trend there is no real estate agent to talk the seller through the best features of a listing. This means that the pictures alone need to showcase a listing’s best assets. With effective home staging, the pictures will be able to speak for themselves, no sales pitch needed.  
To conclude, while we cannot say home staging is the only answer to these recent trends, we can say it’s a great time to launch a career in home staging. The average return on investments is growing. Staged homes now boasts selling 88% percent faster and 20% more than non-staged homes. This tells us that home stagers are in demand, start your career today with The Academy of Home Staging and Design.