Hanging original artworks in our homes can benefit us in so many different ways, from providing thought-provoking conversation to allowing us to escape into the sea breezes of Cornwall whilst sitting in our London living rooms.
However, finding the right piece for the right space can be an art itself. That is why The Art Buyer has produced a guide to your home, showing where and which works of art can really brighten up and give life to your spaces.
Often forgotten about, our entrance spaces are the first thing that we see upon entering our homes, therefore they should also be a space that you immediately love. Welcoming you (and your guests), hallways provide a blank canvas to express your personality.
Dependent on the light and size of your entrance, there are many different options to bring the ‘wow’ factor. If you have a large and bright entrance why not display an eye-catching large artwork such as Picnic at Logan Rock by Amanda Blunden. If your hall is long and narrow, how about a collection of smaller works? Such as Tara Leaver’s beautiful abstract seascapes, or David Storey’s whimsical portrait The Listener?
Generally the most used area of a family home but often with hard surfaces and a sterile feel, kitchens provide an excellent space to inject a little colour and texture. With open plan living an ever-increasing trend, kitchens are no longer used only for cooking, but as warming social spaces.
A still life painting is a sure way to succeed in bringing art into your kitchen space. Depicting the true essence of the familiar and the comforting, why not feed your soul with a brilliant artwork from Maria Fletcher of MotherDaughterCreate, or if your style is more bright and graphic, perhaps a Sophie Harding?
Whether you have a large bathroom with lots of natural light, or an under-the-stairs loo with no windows, bathrooms should never be ignored as spaces to include and enjoy art. Give a thought to the practicalities. If there’s a lot of moisture in the air in a shower room for example, you may want to consider a water tight framed print, as opposed to an open painting on paper. Whether you’re after a vibrant eye-catcher such as Dorothy Hanna’s Caelum, or a calming escape such as Sherrie-Leigh Jones’s River by Moonlight, we think the WC/cloakroom can be the perfect space to be playful with your art.
The joy that art brings is hardly a great secret, but what is often unacknowledged is the sociability that art provides. Your choice of art could prove to be a perfect conversation starter. Create a welcoming sociable space for discussion and coming together. Original art is perfectly at home in the relaxing atmosphere of the living room. Large scale landscapes and seascapes can strike the perfect balance of being engaging and enjoyable but not too challenging to gaze on. If your preferences lie on the more contemporary side, Lizzie Butler and Mary Burtenshaw are both wonderful choices. If you are a lover of more traditional landscapes, then David Scott Moore is perfect for you.
Studies have shown the transformative effect that art can have on the productivity and creativity of its viewers in workplace environments. No longer do offices have to be blank walls devoid of personality. Instead create a zone of not just work, but joy – it’s a win-win and will brighten up your online meetings. For artworks that are perennially pleasing, we suggest the stunning still life’s of Bess Harding, or the hauntingly beautiful light reflection studies of Hannah Davies.
Our bedrooms should be a haven of bliss and relaxation. When looking to create this space of serenity, art can be a useful tool. Look to Maggie Cochran’s tranquil seascapes, Amy Albright’s soothing abstracts, or the calming colour palettes of Susan Laughton to inject peace into your boudoir to relax from the busy buzz of life.
The love of art is not something possessed just by adults. Create a sense of wonder and learning in your children’s bedroom by displaying art. Invest in art that will grow with them. When finding art for your nursery smaller unframed works such as Mariella Baldwin’s and David Storey’s The Lone Ranger and Tonto (Allonby). Bright and happy prints also work beautifully.