Art in the Home

by Raven Tao
Published on 10th February, 2014

Art makes all the difference in changing a blank room into a space with personality. Whether it be highbrow, lowbrow, framed art or a collage on a cork board - art is completely up to us to choose, create and appreciate. The best art is, essentially, that which makes us happy, and for this reason the options for art to decorate your home are simply endless. Let me take you through some of my favorite options:

Sculptures are a lovely choice, especially when highlighted with feature lighting and adequate display space. OVO in Horizon Plaza sells some beautiful art stands which will cost a pretty penny, but can be worth it for the difference that they make in highlighting a display item. Ikea has little spotlights that can be easily drilled into shelving to create dramatic down-lighting for sculptures, or other display items like vases, clocks, and flowers. However, this option has several moving parts, so it might be a bit tricky for some.

Wall art is a great option, and a safer choice than sculptures if there are small toddlers around. Hanging pictures have a beautiful way of drawing the eye to a wall and can have the effect of visually opening up a space. Drilling nails into walls is a noisy process, though, and renters must be aware that they will have to return the apartment to the landlord in close to original condition - so for some, you might consider using art rails.

Art rails are traditionally used in galleries and allow for flexibility to change around and rotate art displays. They simply consist of one long bar that you can insert sliding hooks into. Since one long rail is drilled into the top of the wall by the ceiling, they do less damage to the wall than other methods of hanging. The rails can be cut to any length, so they can work for almost any home.

When it comes to choosing the artwork itself, there are too many options to list! For those who have an idea of the type of art they like, choices are easy. Parents can frame their children’s drawings and allow them to draw on a chalk board for dynamic daily changing art.

For those who aren’t sure what type of art they like, it’s best to have a look through some options and see what gives the most pleasure. Take a look at a wide range; you may surprise yourself. Some people love modern art, or minimalist, others photography, fashion or lowbrow. There are people who love a picture of a Harley in bright Warhol patchwork and others who swoon over a well painted bowl of pomegranates. Others just want to fill a space and can simply go to Ikea for myriad choices, while it’s also an option to print favorite images of family or places onto paper or canvas for display. Whatever the final decision, well-chosen art will always attract the eye, inject a dash of personality and make a space more interesting. I highly recommend it.

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