What type of painting should be in a living room?


The living room is the epicentre of the home—often the place where you entertain guests and converse with family members on a daily basis. Buying wall art for your living room should amplify the design of the space and create a warm and inviting feeling that can be enjoyed by residents and guests alike. You should aim to choose a piece of art that embodies your personal style and one which also harmonises with your existing space. Your chosen wall art in your living room may act as a bold conversation starter or be a more neutral complementary style piece. Here are some helpful tips to consider when choosing art for your living room.


Visual balance is key.

When welcoming artwork into such an important area of your home—achieving visual balance is a necessity in order to make the space feel balanced. The last thing you want guests to feel in your space is lopsided or overwhelmed by an unbalanced display of wall art. Consider the size of your chosen wall for your painting and ensure you choose a painting that is balanced from a scale perspective to the wall. As a general rule, wall art should take up 60%-75% of the available wall space, i.e. wall space that isn’t covered by furniture or mouldings. To get these numbers, start by measuring the width and height of your wall, then multiply these measurements by 0.60 or 0.75 to calculate this ideal coverage. A large painting on your living room wall will encourage the visual balance of the room, while also providing a visually appealing focal point to the living room. From there, additional smaller paintings or miscellaneous artworks can be arranged around this larger piece along with your chosen furniture.


Style and theme.

When it comes to style and theming in your main living room, keep it simple by working with the existing flow of your room. For example, if you have a monochromatic super modern space—incorporate bold abstract or surreal paintings that are tonal or give a pop of colour to your space (finished in white or black frames). If your space is art deco, make a statement with electric art deco patterns and themes such as paintings with palms, flamingos and architecture with that 1920s/30s edge. For a vintage themed home with an abundance of antique furniture, incorporate a heritage style painting to embrace that traditional look and feel.


Blend with your existing colours.

Selecting a painting that works seamlessly with your existing wall and soft furnishing colours is the ultimate way to enhance your existing space rather than detracting from its appeal. Often the living room in your home is painted with warmer and more inviting tones due to the nature of this space. Therefore, ensure that your chosen wall art is going to harmonise with the existing colours in this room. Following this tip does not mean you will be restricted in choice in any way. For example, with a neutral room you have the freedom to incorporate bold and bright colours to create a welcoming feel in this space—or choose a painting that directly incorporates a similar shade to your walls to make it very tonal and cohesive. If you have a warm antique white wall for example, you most likely wouldn’t choose an artwork that is predominantly a bright white as these two different white hues could be conflicting. If you have bright orange curtains or an electric blue velvet couch, you could incorporate a hue of one of these colours subtly in your chosen wall art to coordinate the room. You have ultimate freedom of choice when it comes to interior design in your space!


Space optimisation.

Vertical orientation paintings look better on vertical orientation walls for obvious reasons. Same goes for horizontal style walls with horizontal orientation wall art. This is one of the most straightforward rules when it comes to selecting the perfect painting for your living room wall. If there is a slender, narrow adjacent wall you want to hang art on in your living room, select a slender and vertical piece of wall art to coincide with that particular wall to ensure it looks balanced. For a main, stretched horizontal wall, an oversized horizontal orientation painting will work fantastic—or an arrangement of multiple pieces strategically spaced to ensure optimum distance between each painting is another aesthetically appealing option.

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