Thursday, December 5, 2013

Selecting abstract art for your home

Abstract art is a fascinating expression of emotion. Free from literal depictions and visual references from the real world, it uses basic elements such as lines, shapes and color to convey meaning and feeling. 

On the other hand, you could also go the opposite route by using an abstract painting to give a pop of color to your room interiors.

Aside from its intrinsic value, abstract art may also be a great addition to any space, making for an interesting conversation piece. Here's how to choose the perfect art piece for your home. 

Color harmony

The best way to incorporate an abstract painting is to choose one with colors that harmonize with your home's interiors. This makes for a soothing home environment. When shopping for the painting, bring paint and upholstery swatches - this will make it easier to identify a painting that suits your home's color scheme.

However, color harmony, using the exact same colors and tones , doesn’t mean everything has to be match. You may opt for slight variations in color for a more pleasant look. An analogous color scheme employs colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. This is a neat trick for picking out a painting that suits your room but doesn’t come off as boring. 

Focal point

On the other hand, you could also go the opposite direction by using an abstract painting to give a pop of color to your interiors. Choosing abstract art as a focal point in your home is a huge commitment. After all, it’s going to be a striking element that you'll have to live with on a daily basis, so don’t rush it. Visit at least twice before you commit. 

For a room with a neutral color scheme, which may consist of black, white, grays or browns, virtually any color of painting can be a focal point. For a room with color, you may opt for a complementary color scheme. This is a color scheme that uses colors that sit on opposite sides of each other on the color wheel. The contrast between two such colors is vibrant and appealing. 

Art itself

Another way to choose an abstract painting is by considering the value of the painting. If you’re an art aficionado, choose a piece with your favorite style or one that's been created by an artist you admire. This also goes for other people who aren’t as into art too. Surround yourself with art that you love. Art is personal and different people have different reactions to every art piece. Choose a painting with lines and colors that make you feel happy. This is a great way to infuse your home with a positive energy. - Aislinn Kee 

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