You may have a few treasured pieces of art
. They might be a family portrait, a painting
you purchased on vacation or an original work created by a dear friend. These things
are important to work into your plan. Pull your art images off the walls and begin
to bring the ones you love together in a collection on the floor. Ask yourself,
“What do all these images have in common?” It may be color, texture, form, subject
matter or that they all relate to a common theme, like family or nature. Identifying
what you love will help you learn what inspires your choices.
Now that you’ve identified the images you want to retain in your collection it’s
time to build on that collection in a meaningful way. Remember what it was about
your art that inspired you. Perhaps it’s themes like, vintage
family, or rustic
with warm colors. Now you’re ready to search for new images to bring you collection
together. You may want to plan for each wall or section of wall by arranging the
art you already have on the floor first, then noting the spaces you need to fill.
Imagekind makes shopping for art a snap. You can begin your search by
then expand on your search by typing in a few key words like vintage, rustic
and warm. Searching by key words can narrow your search and save you a little time.
Once you’ve found a few images you like you can then begin to consider that best
print sizes for your wall. Imagekind makes things easy by showing you all the sizes that
your image can be printed.
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Once you’ve brought your collection together, it’s time to make some decisions about
mating and framing. You may want to use your existing art as a basis for your new
purchases. For example, if the pieces you already own are framed in warm wood tones,
then you may want to continue along that path and even expand upon it by adding
some wood frames with just a bit of gilding. You can build a collection that is
substantially similar or one that uses a very loose theme of “wood frames” as the
element that holds it all together.
Consider mats and frames
that enhance the art rather than distract from it. If you
are unsure, simpler can be better. The Imagekind site will show you the outside
dimensions of the framed art piece so you can plan your walls right down to the
last inch! Deciding how to group your art is like putting together a puzzle. I like
to lay everything out on the floor to create just the right mix and juxtaposition.
Keep a tape measure handy to ensure that your new arrangement will fit perfectly
on your wall.
Once you’ve hung your collection, it’s time to revisit the first phase of your journey.
Leave your home, walk around the block and reenter your new, refreshed environment!
Did your changes help your house feel more like a personal home? Does your art reflect
you, your family, your lifestyle, dreams and ambitions? I hope so! Let art inspire
all who enter your home.