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Select artwork that's in sync with your room designs

August 07, 2014

Wood FloorsWhen it comes to incorporating artwork into your home design, it should be selected for the same reason you choose certain furniture, great accessories and high-quality maple flooring like Anderson's Vintage mixed width collection. Art may be in the eye of the beholder, but picking out pieces with lasting appeal will serve your home well in the long run.

Look to your favorite furniture and the overall style of your room design to determine what type of art to pick for it, according to Westchester magazine. In country- style decor, soft colors and rural landscapes are a good complement to each other. In a room with contemporary furnishings, geometric modern pieces with clean lines would enhance the space's sleek look.

At the same time, introducing artistic conflict isn't a bad thing. Traditional furniture can be paired with contemporary paintings as long as there's some aesthetic connection - the image of textures, colors or design lines that are similar to those found in the furnishings.

If artwork is more important to you than furniture, you may consider choosing art pieces and work the rest of your decor around them. That includes selecting fixtures and window treatments that enhance rather than pull attention away from the art.

However, HGTV designer David Bromstad told She Knows that he prefers to pick artwork last. That way, if there are design features missing from a room, Bromstad said artwork can supply whatever is lacking. That can include its color, an element of humor or the finishing touch that ties together the whole room.

Lighting art
Showing artwork properly requires lighting that will show it at its best. Experiment with task lighting to find the right illumination for paintings, prints and framed photos. For a traditional look, attach a museum-style lamp to the frame for direct illumination over a major work that you want to spotlight as a focal point.

Using bright fluorescent bulb may create a harsh cast, and like natural sunlight, may cause damage to art over time by fading colors with ultraviolet rays. Also, avoid hanging pieces across from windows, where the direct light will cause the most harm. Try full-spectrum bulbs, often used for indoor plants and aquariums that approximate natural light and don't emit such strong glare onto the work.

Position light bulbs at an angle to flatter an artwork best and reduce glare. Keeping a lamp at a small distance or placing art under recessed bulbs creates a more attractive effect.