After struggling to easily find the right items to furnish her own apartment, Kuldea Co-Founder, Deirdre Mc Gettrick, was inspired to create an online platform to make home shopping as straightforward, efficient and fulfilling as possible. Here, she shares her top tips for discovering and choosing the artwork for your home.
If you’re an art lover then finding the right piece to complete your room is an important task. You’ve spent hours selecting the right colour to paint your walls, deliberated for days over your furniture choices, and now comes the most difficult part of all – finding the right picture to go on your wall. Although choosing new artwork is perhaps the most exciting part of decorating your home, if you get it wrong, it could ruin a room completely, whereas the right piece can totally transform a space.
Artwork can define your personality in your home and can be used to tie different aspects of a room together. However, it can be tough trying to find the perfect pieces of artwork to display in your home, and can feel overwhelming knowing where to start. Thankfully, Kuldea has thousands of beautiful art pieces showcased on our website, and here are a few tips to
guide you through the process of selecting artwork, to ensure that you get it right.
Top tip 1) Set a budget
Artwork varies in price enormously, from £50 for a cheap print right up to hundreds of thousands for an original by an acclaimed artist. You will be left hugely disappointed if you set your heart on a stunning original, only to find you need to re-mortgage your house to pay for it! Set a budget right at the start to avoid the temptation to over-spend and splurge on
artwork which is way out of your budget.
The benefit of purchasing original art is that it can be an investment, so it is worth considering stretching your budget if you can to buy something which could grow in value over time.
If the cost of an oversized piece of artwork is way out of your budget, consider purchasing a range of smaller pieces instead. That way you can build your collection over time, as and when you can afford them, without having to pay a fortune in one go.
Top tip 2) Consider the size
This is particularly important when browsing art online. There’s nothing worse than the disappointment of receiving a piece of art in the post only to discover it is postage stamp-sized! It’s best to decide before you start looking, what size artwork you want. Measure the space and work out what size will work best.
Artwork tends to come in five different sizes. Oversized is larger than 41 inches, and for the average home, a piece of this size would be hung alone on a wall and create an instant impact as you walk in the room simply because of the amount of space it takes up, so it really needs to be selected carefully. Spaces should be measured before installing a piece of art of this size, as it could overwhelm a small room.
- Large artwork is 33 to 40 inches, and again takes up a fair amount of space, suited for larger rooms such as the living room, and will complete a wall on its own.
- Medium art is 25 to 32 inches, which could stand alone or be used as an anchor for a gallery
wall, depending on the size of the space.
- Small artwork falls between 18 and 24 inches, which often has the most impact either in a group or paired with another piece. The size makes it ideal for hallways, or on a wall which isn’t going to act as a feature wall in a room.
- Mini artwork is between 10 and 17 inches, and these will nearly always look better grouped together to create a display. Although they can stand alone if you have a small space to fill.
The artwork draws the eye and pulls space together, but you have to get the size right to create the impact you’re looking for. Consider how the artwork will hang in relation to furniture, ensuring there is enough space above the edge of your furniture. Take into account the height of ceilings before selecting a piece, to ensure the artwork fills the space in
length and width.
Deciding on a size before you start looking for the artwork will also assist you when browsing online, as you can refine your search to only include the size you want.
Top tip 3) Don’t follow trends
If you’re looking to make an investment in art, then avoid following any current trends. A painting of a pink flamingo might add colour and quirk to your room right now, but in five years’ time when everyone has moved on from flamingos, are you going to end up regretting your choice, particularly if you paid a fortune for it? It could end up looking dated and silly.
However, if you’re looking to purchase cheaper art which can be changed and replaced when you tire of it, then go crazy and pick whatever you fancy. It’s better instead to select artwork which suits the theme or style of the room you are decorating. You might decide to select the artwork first and base the rest of the décor around it. For example, if you’ve just had a conservatory built and are looking to furnish it, a piece of artwork with a floral or botanical feel would look great accompanied by a display of lush green indoor plants. For more ideas on how to furnish a conservatory read our top tips here.
You might select a piece with vibrant colours, then use softer shades of those colours to decorate and furnish the rest of the room, helping tie it all in together and create a finished look.
Top tip 4) What is its purpose?
It might sound like a strange question, but what do you want to achieve from your artwork? This might depend on the room in which you are planning to display it. For example, artwork in the kitchen might be smaller pieces which complement rather than overwhelm the space, and feature funny or social designs to make you smile in a space which is often used most frequently by the family. Read our top tips on updating your kitchen on a budget here.
In the bedroom, the artwork needs to be calming and relaxing. Oversized or large abstract canvas pieces work well hung over the bed, creating a focal point to the room. Consider the colours you choose carefully, anything too stimulating or bold might be better suited elsewhere.
If you’re looking to find artwork for a newly furnished office, then choose pieces which inspire you and reflect your personality. A range of smaller artwork can work well, with different sizes to create interest. You can match the frames to create a uniform look, or mix them up to add character.
The living room is perhaps the hardest place to select artwork for, because it is possibly the largest room in your home, and is where guests will most likely congregate. Therefore, any artwork should be carefully selected to showcase your personality and style. This might be the place where you display a large signature piece chosen as an investment, so ensure it is something which will stand the test of time.
Top tip 5) Choose something you like
It might sound obvious, but choosing the artwork you like is probably the most important point you need to consider before making a purchase. You can follow all the tips given above, but if you don’t love a piece of artwork then it really isn’t fulfilling its purpose. Art should create some sort of emotion when you look at it, whether that’s joy, inspiration, sentiment or
You can become so preoccupied with ensuring the colours work, choosing the right frame and size, don’t forget to take a step back (literally) and ensure you like the piece. If you’re going to be looking at it every day, and it is going to become integrated into your home, then this really is vital. Your artwork also reflects your personality and style, so make sure you pick something which achieves this. Art is personal and subjective, everyone has different tastes, but thankfully there is an enormous range to select from, so you can afford to be picky and continue your search until you find something that feels right.