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How to Find the Right Canvas Wall Art for Your Room

If you plan on redecorating a room think about the different kinds of artwork that are available today. The artwork that you hang on your walls makes a statement about you to everyone who walks into your home. What do you want people to feel when they come into your home? What kind of mood or vibe do you want to create in each room? Pick the right painting and once you hang it on the wall it will begin to do a lot of that work for you. If you’re wondering how to choose the best piece for your home or office here are a few tips.


Know your color scheme


A good place to begin is with a basic idea of the color or colors you want for the space. Certain art forms like abstract art, expressionism, impressionism, much of contemporary art, etc. often use more than one color in a painting. That can help make a piece of art a lot more versatile than just a red painting or a blue painting. You might find more use for it over time. Personally I am partial to abstract art.


The artwork you choose should have a feel and color scheme that adds to the look and feel you want to create without taking anything away from your overall decor. You can use some swatches of your home's colors so that you can have an easier time selecting the perfect color that will not clash with anything in your home. When buying online you can often print out images of the painting and bring them into the space to see how you feel about them.


Consider the style of the artwork


Matching the artwork you have in a room is also something you should think about. Of course, it’s your home and you can do whatever pleases you. But sometimes certain genres or forms of artwork just don’t play well together. For example, that traditional landscape in a darker heavy frame that you have had for twenty years just may not work so well with that more modern bright abstract oil on wood panel you just fell in love with. Just remember that when planning the room. Additionally, there are so many different styles and forms of abstract canvas art you can get on the market today. Some paintings are unframed and others require a frame, and maybe even matting. So keep that in mind when making a selection.


If you are looking for large abstract canvas art or abstract canvas art prints, I invite you to check out my gallery. As an abstract expressionist artist, I feel abstract art frees the artist and the viewer from many of the visual limitations and boundary expectations inherent in representational art.


Each time you look at a piece of my large abstract art I hope you'll find something new... something that brings meaning, emotion, inspiration, and more.


Know your wall


When you are selecting your abstract canvas art, the walls that you will be hanging the art on are important too. First, your wall space will help guide you on the size of abstract art that you should buy. So make sure that you have the measurement of the walls before you begin looking for a piece of art. A small piece of art on a large wall can be disappointing no matter how much you love the artwork.


Keep in mind too, that you can always paint the wall you are hanging artwork on a separate color than the rest of the room to create a more dramatic effect. If you have a lighter painting think about painting the wall a darker color. If you have a darker painting, think about painting the wall a lighter color. This can really showcase your artwork whether it’s abstract art or not.


Size matters


The size of the canvas, or wood panel, or finished frame also matters. A general rule of thumb is to cover 45% to 75% of the linear wall space with art. For example, on an eight foot long wall you would want artwork that covers about 36” to 60” or so of that wall width. You can do that with one piece of art that is 36” to 60” wide or multiple pieces that add up to that. The height of the artwork depends on your ceiling height and the height of any furniture that is set against the wall, or even any pieces you are hanging above it. So don’t forget that.

Typically the bottom of a piece of artwork hung above a sofa or chair should be about 12” above the back of the sofa. That way someone sitting there and leaning their head back is less likely to hit their head on your painting.