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Finding your ideal wall art to match your hardwood floors

October 16, 2012

You don't have to have taken an art history class in college or spend your weekends at the closest major museum to enjoy a lovely painting. Almost all of the finest and most beautiful pieces of fine art are readily available to you through quality prints you can hang like posters or install in frames. But many homeowners don't really know where to start when it comes to seeking out the ideal artwork for their homes. If you're at a loss for whether you might dig the Impressionists in your bathroom or the Pre-Raphaelites in your study, consider this helpful guide.

But before you delve into the world of art and visual design, you'll want to make sure you've got the right flooring underfoot to keep your art and home looking good. Anderson Floors' Mountain collection offers a variety of boards available in Hickory, Oak or Maple - all hand-crafted to showcase the wood species' natural beauty. The Mountain collection comes in a variety of widths and colors, making it one of Anderson's top sellers and a perfect complement to your art collection. So which room might benefit from which school and style?

Kitchen - Post-Impressionist and Cubist still lifes
While still lifes have existed as a type of painting for eons, Post-Impressionist and Cubist variations, like the beautiful works of Paul C├ęzanne or the immediately recognizable Pablo Picasso, steer clear of hyper-realism and instead walk a line between appetizing and abstract. Frankly, not everyone wants to see a super detailed Flemish painting of a pomegranate and half-plucked pheasant as they prep dinner.

Living room - Art Nouveau
From the clean lines and beautiful women of a Mucha advertisement or a poster to the elaborate goldleaf of Gustav Klimt, art nouveau has a natural ebb and flow that's sure to fit perfectly into a space so large. Best of all, this style isn't limited to painting but encompasses architecture, wallpaper and other aspects of decor, so you can make it a room's theme.

Bathroom - Impressionist landscapes
Most of our time spent in the bathroom, we'd prefer to relax rather than stress. That's what relaxing in a steaming tub is all about, after all! So you want paintings that will reflect that, which is why the watercolor lushness of Impressionist landscapes is ideal. Imagine reclining in a soothing bath and contemplating one of Monet's many water lily paintings.