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Same design rules apply whether people choose classic floors or artwork

February 13, 2014

Maple Hardwood FloorsWhether people are choosing a wood tone for hardwood floors or a selection of artwork, the criteria should be the same - reflect the homeowners' personal taste and coordinate it well with their overall home design. When people choose Anderson's Rushmore red oak floor collection, for instance, they know they're getting a classic look that complements a range of decorating styles.

Selecting artwork for a home is a similar process. People shouldn't choose pieces just because they match the sofa. They should consider the impact the art will have on their home style, the atmosphere it creates and, most importantly, whether they're comfortable with it.

Some designers believe the only rule that homeowners should follow when they're selecting artwork for their homes is to choose what they love.

"People get intimidated on the subject of art," according to Philadelphia interior designer Donna Hoffman. "Frankly, there are no hard fast rules when it comes to purchasing art, except this one: Buy what you love and, if possible, buy it when you see it."

Before they make a major investment, home decorators should first review the art pieces they already own. Moving them around to different places in the house can bring a fresh look to a room design. Once that step is completed, homeowners can decide whether to purchase additional pieces.

People shouldn't be afraid to venture beyond a traditional definition of what is considered artistic. Beyond prints or oil paintings, architectural pieces - including utilitarian items such as grillwork or pieces made from recycled materials - can make an artistic statement.

Display with Originality
Presentation is a key feature in displaying artwork and homeowners should look for ways to diversify how they present their art.

New York City interior designer Eric Cohler told House Beautiful magazine that he likes to bring focus to artwork by using bright, colored frames around a white mat, or a white frame around a colored mat.

Inspired magazine recommended that homeowners consider white space as part of the presentation because it helps define and enhance the prominence of the artwork.

Florida-based designer Jim Howard advised home decorators to choose a space that isn't the expected location for art. He suggested putting pieces in unusual places, such as above a door, or to lean some against a mirror. When hanging several artworks, Howard told the news source that they should be at least 3 inches apart.