How to Choose Canvas Art For Your Home

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The keys to success are figuring out what kind of canvas art you like, how it will compliment your current interior design, and how to exhibit the

art print to the best effect in your home.

There are several key aspects you need to consider when choosing canvas art;

  • Color
  • Size & Shape
  • Style & Subject
  • Color

    Choosing art that is color coordinated with your home.

    When selecting a canvas art print to match an existing color in your room, select one or two of the boldest, most prominent colors in your room and look for art that has those colors in it. You're not looking for an exact color match here. Simply picking up one or two similar colors will send a message that the canvas belongs in this environment. The psychology of color.

    Color is very powerful. Psychologists believe it can influence our moods and how we feel about spending time in a particular room. When choosing your canvas think about what mood or feeling you want the art to create …

    Brown and shades of brown (beige, coffee, coco etc), is neutral, warm, and homely. Brown instils calm, comfort, tranquility and harmony. All great moods for any room in the home, but especially good for adding a relaxed feel to living rooms and bedrooms.

    Red is sexy, chic, warm and modern. It symbolizes passion, activity and excitement, it catches the eye and stimulates the mind. Great for brightening up dull, dreary rooms, rousing appetites in dining rooms and kitchens, and quickening the pulse in the bedroom …

    Orange is young, sunny, happy and carefree. Bold, warm and energetic it uplifts the mood, inspires activity and Promotes well-being. Ideal for brightening kitchens, hallways and children's rooms or for adding a wow-factor to a living or dining room.

    Yellow is bright, clean, warm and cheerful. It increases energy, promotes happiness and stirs the creative juices. Good for adding light and energy to bathrooms and kitchens, as well as being a great color for a bold canvas to lift the mood of a dull, poorly lit room.

    Green is soothing, reassuring, and natural. It refreshes and rejuvenates and instils a feeling of vibrancy, cleanliness, health and well-being. Ideal for rooms to relax in – such as bedrooms, bathrooms and conservatories.

    Blue is calming, clean, soothing and cool. The world's favorite color represent sky and water. It relaxes the mind, refreshes and produces tranquil feelings and peaceful moods. Ideal in any room to promote relaxation and peace.

    Purple and violet suggests grandeur, glamor and opulence. Modern, rich and indulgent it encourages creativity, and adds luxury and comfort. Deep purples are rich and dreamy while lighter lighter violets are feminine and chic. Superb color for the modern bedroom, living room or snug.

    Pink is feminine, romantic and luxurious. It lightens the mood and encourages affection. Adds a tranquil and calming feeling to a room. Ideal in bedrooms.

    White and cream is pure, stylish and goes with everything. It amplifies the effects of other colors as well as radiating peace, purity and clarity. An ideal choice for any room.

    Black is sleek, strong and elegant. The ultimate timeless, neutral color, it implies strength, authority and boldness of character. A classic color choice for the modern hallway, living room and dining room.

    Other types of mood setting colors. The following color schemes also invoke particular moods and layout a certain style ….

    Greyscale and Sepia is the minority, aged look found on old and black and white photographs. It's used in modern art and photography to remove the impact of color, allowing the subject of the canvas to take center stage. Great for interesting and thought provoking pieces of art.

    Good conversation started in dining rooms, kitchens and living rooms.

    Multi-colored art gives a bold, bright and modern look. Rainbow colors can add a feeling of fun, humor and boldness to a room.

    Hard to miss, bright multi-colored art is a great center piece and conversation starter. It also ports a certain confidence of character of its buyer …

    Size & Shape

    The second thing to consider after color is size and shape. Get this wrong and even a canvas print that perfectly matches the decor and style of your room can look totally out of place.

    Getting the size right

    Your canvas art should look in proportion to the wall space it occupations and the surrounding furnishings. If its too big it will overwhelm, if it's too small then it will look lost.

    Its a good idea not to pack your art into alcoves, or narrow walls. Try to always leave at least 20 to 30cm (8 “to 12” inches) gap around the canvas and the surrounding walls and ceiling. Your canvas will usually look good when placed centrally (horizontally) on a wall with the vertical center of the canvas at eye level. If your canvas is large then it's often not possible to have the center at eye level, but you should still be able to gauge a good height for maximum effect.

    A big canvas can look great above a sofa, or fireplace. Small canvases look great in small alcoves, in bathrooms, kitchens and hallways.

    Smaller matching canvases also look great hung together in 2's, 3's or 4's.

    Getting the shape right

    Basically, if you want to play safe, go square. A square print, if the right size should not look out of place no matter where it's placed. If you want a rectangular print then you need to consider a few other factors. A landscape style print (one that's wider than it is tall) goes well above a bed, a fire place, sideboard, or sofa. Portrait style print (one that's taller than it is wide) goes well in alcoves, hallways, stairways and narrow walls between doors and windows.

    A basic rule of thumb is; match the canvas height and width ratio to the height and width ratio of the wall. For example if you have wall space

    above your fireplace that's 2 meters wide and 1.5 meters high then a landscape print will look good, but a tall print on this space may look out of place.

    You can also use multiple prints to create a landscape or portrait effect. For example you can hang 3 coordinated square prints closely together above a sofa. This is often a great way to give your canvas art a real 'wow factor'.

    Style & Subjec t

    Styles of canvas art To be honest when choosing the style and subject of your canvas print then it's all down to personal taste. But here are a few guidelines;

    Think about the style of your furniture and decor.

    Will that funky modern pop art print really compliment your home? or is an abstract a safer bet?

    Does your room have a theme already?

    Flowers, circles, stripes, swirls? If so try to coordinate with that theme. For example if you have circular patterns in your cushions, curtains or

    carpet then consider an abstract print with a similar patterns.

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    Source by Russell King

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