6 Tips to Add Contemporary Art to Your Home

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6 Tips to Add Contemporary Art to Your Home

Aarti Tripathi Aarti Tripathi
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Contemporary art is the offspring of the ingenious minds of the artists who have contributed to the modern art revolution. It is the art of today and reflects on the personality and character of the individuals and society as a whole. The art of today captivates our attention and opens the doors to the places far and near. The modern art, when combined with the home interiors, is not only aesthetically appealing but also creates a wonderful space to live in. There are innumerable ways to bring the home decor and artwork together. The choice of the right colour schemes, interesting focal points, accents of culture, and laying out the artworks are some of the things that make the interiors perfect. Here are some of the things to consider while using the artwork with the home interiors and decor.

Colour scheme contrast

Choosing the colour palette for the interiors to match with the contemporary art could get a little tricky, but it’s definitely not impossible. The best way is to choose the most prominent contrasting colours from the artwork. This will ensure that the artwork blends perfectly well with the paint job without being inconspicuous. If one does not want to go for something bold or striking, they can choose the neutral or muted colours from the colour pattern of the artwork. It is best to get started with the formal or more visible areas of the house first. Therefore, it is best to choose the colour scheme for the dining room, living room, and entry way. For the rest of the house, colours can be picked from the scheme for more personal spaces such as bedroom, den, or office.

Exciting focal points

The rooms that have been well designed usually also have a focal point. Focal point, as the name suggests, is the first thing that grabs the attention upon entering the space. Picking the right item for emphasis sets the perfect mood and tone for the space. If there is a piece of contemporary art in the room, giving it the spotlight will help create a visually pleasing interior. For instance, a painting positioned carefully straight in the line of sight from the entry to the space creates an effortless focal point and allows the rest of the area look brilliant in relation to it. The tone and size of the contemporary art plays a very important role. This is why it is crucial to choose the painting with right dimension for the space. It must be in the tone that grabs the attention immediately but does not contradict the overall tone and decor of the rest of the space.

Cultural Significance

A lot of people want their home to be the reflection of their personal preferences, taste, personality and style. But many want to go a little further and create a living space that beams out the character of their cultural roots through the contemporary art. The best way to add cultural significance to the living space is by drawing the inspiration for the interiors from the culture. For instance, an appropriately scaled painting depicting the culture and roots of an individual can be placed on the wall. The rest of the interiors including colour scheme, furniture, and decor can be setup in accordance with it. The cultural influence can reflect subtly or prominently depending upon the individual’s choice.

Above the Mantel

Fire in the hearth keeps the space warm and draws people toward it. A beautiful fireplace naturally becomes the focal point of the living area and when the fire is lit it becomes all the more attractive. The contemporary art can truly enhance the beauty of any fireplace instantly. A concrete console jutting out of the wall just above the mantel is a perfect place to keep decorative items. A modern style painting hung right above the console will be a perfect supplement to the room decor. A truly contemporary style fireplace can be encompassed inside a flat wall. A small cut out just above the fireplace to house the modern artwork will not only look unique but also beautiful.

Create a Gallery Style Wall

Gallery style wall to display the contemporary art collection is a marvellous idea. A diverse mix of photographs, prints, paintings, and other artwork form creates a uniquely beautifully space in the house. Creating a gallery style wall is indeed an incredible way to make an impressive personal statement right in the home. It’s best to experiment with several layouts in order to find the one which perfectly suits the individual’s taste. It’s a good idea to hang a few art pieces in the centre first to create the anchor point. It will be important to consider the positioning of each piece individually and collectively both. While placing the artwork above the furniture, it is important to leave about 10 inches of space between the two. The focal point (or the middle) of the gallery should be at the eye level.

Enticing Entrance Space

Everyone tries to lay their best face because the first impressions are crucial. But how an individual is perceived by the others goes beyond their personal gestures. The home interiors are a big reflection of one’s character and personality. Therefore, contemporary art can be introduced in the entry space to create a grand first impression. When someone walks into the entry space, the first piece of art they see sets the right tone for their further experience. The initial design is the giveaway to the energy and mood of the rest of the space. Therefore, it is important to create an entrance space which is enticing, memorable and above all welcoming. To simplify the space, large piece of artwork can be used. Bold colours and detailed patterns are memorable. The earthly tones add comfort and warmth to the space.

Modern art can transfigure the interiors like nothing else. But it is important to bring the continuity in the interiors so that the entire house looks like a cohesive whole. Therefore, everything must be setup in alignment with the other starting from the entrance to the bedroom.

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