DOES ART HAVE TO MATCH THE SOFA?
Here’s help in how to buy art. No, it doesn’t need to match the sofa. You may have purchased a new home and want to decorate. Or you have have seen an artwork in a doctor’s office or art gallery and it captured your attention. Well good news. ART does not have to match your sofa. It only has to make you happy, remind you of good memories or keep your interest.
If you are in the market for art (paintings, sculptures, one-of-a-kind furniture, quilts, etc.), you only have to love it. Sure, it should look appropriate in the room. But don’t think of fine art as just decor – because it isn’t, it is Fine Art and it should be experienced as such.
You can peruse art galleries, hopefully local art galleries, especially those owned by artists, like Hillsborough Gallery of Arts in North Carolina. If you are moved by a piece of fine art because it makes you happy, that is a good reason to buy It and take it home with you. That way, you would have the art to lift your spirits every single day. Art is functional.
You can always change little things in your room to make the art fit your decor. For instance, take colors from the artwork and bring in those colors with pillows, table covers, another work of art or an accent rug.
The artworks you choose do not need to match. There are no rules for choosing art accept purchase the art you love. The common thread will be what they have in common which is THAT YOU LOVE THEM. You don’t have to find the same colors, style or even the same time period.
How to Combine Different Styles
Think outside the box in arranging art. For instance, a painting doesn’t have to hang on a wall. It’s very bohemian to lean it on a mantle or against the wall. Throw out the idea that items have to match. Juxtaposition makes things interesting. Mix round and square sculptures or high and low artworks. Find something they have in common to bring different styles together. It can be color, subject matter or locations. Group art. Hang one large piece, with smaller pieces. Same with sculptures. Groups items with same themes or various styles or sizes. To group photographs, frame them all with the same style and color frame.
Don’t be afraid to mix styles. That can add excitement and energy to the space. If you have a large blank wall, cover it with an extra large painting and it becomes a focal point, a show piece.
And there are times when you should think ‘inside the box.’ Think of your jewelry that you love, but don’t see it very much as it is hidden in your jewelry box. How about placing it in a shadow box and enjoy it every day.
Original Art vs Prints
Original artwork is a good way to add something unique and lasting to your home, but it can be more expensive than a print. If the original art is a painting, it will be more luminous that a print and the color more luscious. It may have a complimentary texture as well that is part of it’s character that can’t be translated in a print. Three-dimensional art like sculptures may not suffer that same difference, but an original will be one-of-a-kind.
In the end, the best way to buy and decorate with art is to buy what you love. Oh, and make sure it makes you smile and feel good.