2. Complement or Contrast
Complement or contrast – it’s an interesting subject and we could write an entire blog on this alone (watch this space!). But for now, here are the basics…
In the above image we don’t see much of the room but what we can see instantly is its urban, contemporary style, monochrome colour pallet and simplicity. Here we have paired the room with a very contemporary urban painting predominantly monochrome but with a splash of colour to lift the space and draw attention. Whilst the style complements, the busy composition works perfectly with the simplicity of the room.
Many people are nervous of contrasting styles when it comes to interiors and even more so with art. Contrast can be achieved in a number of ways – through colour, style, shape, or even subject. A contemporary piece of artwork can look stunning in a traditional or period home, and a traditional piece of artwork can look equally fabulous in a very modern home.
Circular artwork can contrast and soften the hard angles of furniture. Contrast is a great way of expressing personality so if you have always wanted to try it – don’t be frightened. And when it comes to art we are here to help you.
Wherever you are buying a piece of artwork from ask for help. A good art consultant will not only know about the artwork and the artist but also how to place art in a room.
Focal point or supporting act?
All rooms should have a focal point. If your room already has one like an imposing rug, or multi-coloured sofa you’ll probably want to choose less imposing artwork so that it doesn’t fight with the other statement pieces. However, if your room is feeling a bit flat and in need of something to attract attention go for something that is more visually impactful.
This leads us to size, and this is very important when selecting your artwork. And not because small rooms need small artwork – in fact quite the opposite.
It is a well proven fact that small rooms look bigger with a large focal point in them – and artwork is one of the best ways to achieve this. If your room is particularly small don’t choose a painting that has everything in the foreground as this can foreshorten the room. Clever Cogs by Tom Butler (below tip number 3) shows how having a long view extends the room.