Why Wall Art Matters

August 11, 2017 4 min read

Every space is an opportunity to express personality and tell your story. Wall art is cost efficient and stylish way of doing this.

Topographic map art of the United States of America

Too often in interior design, the opportunity to create something personal is missed, and we decorate our walls as an afterthought. It’s the last thing we deal with, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furnishings have been carefully arranged - if we deal with at all.

We are here to claim that by consigning wall art to the back bench, you are missing out on a marvelous design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, appropriate wall art can bring the entire room together. Dare we say it, but we think wall art weighs heaviest in interior design decisions.

However, if you’re a little apprehensive to give wall art such a leading role in your design plans, don’t worry. Use this post as a guide on how to accurately choose pieces that will mesh with your existing space, and you will have a harmonious interior.

Wall Art Gives An Instant Color Palette
Deciding on a color palette can be one of the most daunting facets of designing your interiors. The number of differing shades of paint that are available at your local home improvement store can seem endless. It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for your space.

Our advice is to leave the paint samples behind and focus on hunting for wall art instead. Once you find a portrait or wall hanging that you love, you can use that piece as the inspiration for your room’s ultimate color palette.

Your first step is to pick out two or three shades from wall art that you would like to incorporate into your furnishings. Choose a dominant color, as well as a few additional variations that you would like to accentuate. Then, find those colors in the pieces you use to decorate your space. If you need extra help, try an app like ColorSnap, which will let you match those colors to similar hues of paint.

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It Creates A Focal Point
One of the most basic principals of interior design is that every room needs a focal point, or a single design component that will instantly pull your eye into the space and give the observer a sense of what to expect. It goes without saying that a fabulous piece of wall art could easily fulfill this position.

Imagine your favorite travel location in a prominent position in your living space or hanging above the bed in your master suite. Alternatively, a creative gallery wall could easily add a touch of flare to a more traditional dining area. A few hanging tapestries could add a cozy feel to a seating area.

When choosing a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space, the most important factor is size. Artwork that is too small will get overshadowed by the neighboring furniture and a piece that is too big will look as though it is overpowering everything else. Make sure to measure the wall space available, so you know how much room you have.

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It Brings A Sense Of Texture
Keep in mind that not all wall art is created equal and there is no such thing as a silver bullet. While some pieces may be two-dimensional sketches or something similar, you should try to find art in a variety of different art to help bring a varying sense of texture into the room.

In addition to sketches and prints, you should consider pieces like modelings or shadow boxes that can add depth to the space. If your style is more avant garde, you could also consider doing a small mixed media installation that includes digital art.

These extra pieces of texture can help add much needed visual weight to your interiors, which help define the tone of the room or how it feels. Consider that rough textures are more likely to make a space feel private and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker more cool tone to the room.

Make The Room Appear Finished
Remember some of the least inspiring interiors that you’ve seen. Perhaps a college apartment or a first adult space after finishing school. The odds are that these places felt a little rough around the edges and a little unfinished. Perhaps they also had mostly white walls.

Wall art is that finishing component that can help pull a space together and make it feel finished. It is that little extra touch that can take your space from just looking functional to something that could grace the pages of an interior design publication.

The key is to choose a piece artwork that fits in with the decorating style that you’ve already decided upon for the room. After that, it’s all about picking decor that you love and will be happy to hang on your walls for many years to come.

Wall art need not be the last piece of the puzzle when you are furnishing a new space. In fact, it should not be. In our opinion, wall art is most critical part of interior design. This is because when it’s done correctly, your wall art wil provide an engaging framework around which you can design the rest of your space. If you use this post as a guide for how to correctly choose and incorporate wall art into your interiors and you’ll end up with a design that looks like it was professionally put together.