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Choosing art for you home can be a tough task with all the options available these days. I love a good challenge though, so let me give you some tips on how to choose art suited for you home and personal style.

The first thing you need to consider when choosing art is budget. You can decide if you want to invest in a great piece that reflects your personal style or if you want a less expensive placeholder that you will change out in a few years.

If you are willing to spend a little bit more, I would suggest going with a statement piece – something large, even oversized. This can provide the ‘wow’ factor when someone walks into your home. A suggested size is 1m x 1.5m or larger if your space can accommodate. This is also a piece that can bring a pop of colour into an entrance way or family room. It can help to put personality into your space.

If you don’t want to invest thousands of dollars on artwork then I suggest ordering some fun prints online and getting them in a larger size. Looking on a website like minted.com and selecting a few items that you like can be a way to get nice art at a lower price point. Have them printed in the size you want and framed to suit your budget. The good thing about printed items is that you can choose how to display them. You can get a hefty frame with a large matte to make them look more substantial. Since prints are less expensive, you can order a bunch of them and do a gallery wall.

Alternatively, you can order one to two larger prints and frame and mat them. This allows for a simpler layout if a gallery wall is not your thing.

Next, consider art with colour vs. black and white. This comes down to personal taste. Even though I love colour, I tend to choose black and white art because I love how timeless and simple it can be. This is a great way to bring your personality into a space. If you wear bright and colourful clothing then you may gravitate towards a bright piece of art. If you are more reserved and like a classic black and white outfit then you may find yourself choosing black and white art.

The bottom line is that art is completely personal so nothing is right or wrong. If you fall in love with a piece, you will be able to fit it somewhere  in your home. You just have to find the right spot. Everyone’s personal style comes out in their home. I love seeing what people come up with for their space!

 

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Alicia Sass
Founder of Harrison Fae Design, Alicia Sass is an interior designer and expert in space planning. Focusing on residential, retail and restaurant design, she provides advice on everything from architectural reconfiguration to furniture and drapery selections. She has been featured in several magazines and on TV programs,. Well respected in the industry, she has a decade of design experience. For more information or to set up a consultation, visit harrisonfae.ca.