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We all love contemporary modern homes for their smart designs and curb appeal, however, these homes tend to feel cold and impersonal. This is where art comes in and plays an essential role in the design of a home. Art makes a home more human. Different bits and pieces of art fused help to create a character to a space. The great thing about art is that it is an investment that you can move with from home to home and exponentially grows in value over time. Finding the right art to display in your home can be a daunting task as it’s an extremely personal matter. What works for one may not work for the other.

Art is a great way to spruce up the walls and is a great conversation starter. No matter the size of your home or the budget you are working with, you can easily decorate with art to create a flow to the decor of your home. As you take a look at contemporary furniture online, it would help to do a little research of what art speaks true to you and goes well with these furniture. Below are some simple guidelines to help one effectively employ art to their homes;

Art should be authentic to you
Art is a language that seeks to speak what cannot be said, therefore, it’s paramount to choose pieces that display something you love, is a memory reminder or conveys something to you. Never be swayed by fads or popular trends on the market. Opt for art styles and pieces that are authentic to your personality and make you feel good.

Size up your space
When it comes to home decor, it’s always important to take into consideration the scale of the item to the space and art is no exception. The art you place in a room needs to fit into the relative scale of the rest of the room. It shouldn’t dominate the space by being overwhelming or distracting rather enhance the room. For instance, when hanging a painting over a couch, you need to get one that is roughly the same size as the couch. This will help to create balance and harmony. Feel free to combine smaller pieces to fill in a space on the wall to give a sense of scale.

Take height and spacing into consideration
Most artwork should be centred at the eye level to ensure that it can be admired comfortably with no strain, however, when the pieces have to be placed above furniture, the eye level rule shouldn’t apply. Art pieces should also relate space-wise with the rest of the furniture in the room. Having artwork and paintings in a home is excellent, over-crowding them is detrimental. It's wise to leave plenty of space between pieces to give enough room to stand on their own, not unless they are intimately connected by subject matter.

Go for color
Art doesn’t have to be serious. Go for pieces that tickle you and uplift your spirits. While you should buy art that relatively matches the overall theme of the home, coloured art can instantly spruce up a space. For instance, one could create a gallery wall that brings a big impact, especially to the living room. The gallery wall can be used to display different art pieces and painting of varied colors and textures.

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