Choosing art for your living room
What is a living room? Entertaining, relaxing, living. You might spend most of your waking time at home in this room. Much like bedrooms when we are children and teenagers we want to cover the walls with things that bring us emotions and thoughts beyond the everyday. Here we recommend how to go about choosing artwork for your living space.
Art is almost indefinable, the only thing that matters is that you have some appreciation for whatever you choose to hang. So be free in your decision making. Whether you want a print of a world famous art work or a print from a living local artist you can hang what you like.
Prints or Originals?
Art does not have to be famous to be good. Look around your local area for a fair or market where artists have their work for sale, you might find something you really like the look of, and you are supporting a local creative. If you do have a favourite piece that you want to honour and display check out galleries, they often stock print reproductions of art works included in shows. Online stores of said galleries are another good place to look as they tend to hold better quality prints than you might find at other online stores.
If you’re looking for historic artists to adorn your walls with some favourites of the writers at Best Reviews are Henri Matisse, John Constable, Georgia O’Keefe, Louise Bourgeois and Yayoi Kusama.
However artworks exist as film posters and album covers, some artists made their livings producing these works. Such as Mati Klarwein who produced multiple covers for Miles Davis, his works on Bitches Brew and Live-Evil explore deities and spirituality. Miles Davis himself painted several of his own covers and did not start until he was in his mid-fifties and going through a period where he did not make much music.
If you’re really spending some money prints by world famous artists can be bought for thousands, not millions of pounds. You could own a Picasso print for the cost of a new car. Or, if you’re looking for sculpture to hang Alexander Calder works are beautiful, historic and not millions and millions of pounds either.
Works of art are not indestructible, when hanging your artwork think about how exposed it may be to the elements. Places to avoid, within reason and using your own common sense, include above radiators or next to air conditioners. However the greatest risk comes from exposure to sunlight, too much of this, especially when amplified through a window can fade a vibrant piece down to dusky hues far quicker than you might think.
There are some general rules to follow when it comes to hanging artwork correctly. For instance think about the proportions of your room. Pictures should not me more than two-thirds longer than your sofa should they hang above it. Make sure there is an adequate buffer, around 15-30cm, from furniture. This is because you want room for the art work to occupy without bumping, visually or literally, into anything else. Use proper fittings, a screw is better than a nail. Get someone to help you with this.
Smaller pictures should be grouped together, salon style or more contemporarily. Then again, remember that rules are not absolute, you may find interesting and aesthetically pleasing orders of things whilst playing about with the artwork.
A Technological Alternative
Projectors are becoming cheaper, better resolution and more efficient in terms of power consumption. If you are feeling innovative you can open up a new strata of art by installing a projector on which to run a series of artworks. Why limit yourself to stills when you can explore new media art and computational works? You may have the correct initial conditions to run a projector, and have its content visible, throughout the day. if not then this ‘turning on’ your artwork could be as much a part of the shift from day to night as turning on your lights and lamps.
Some interesting media artists to explore include:
- Manfred Mohr – a pioneer of early computational art
- Bill Viola – exploring fundamental human experiences like birth and death, conciousness and religiosity
- Joan Jonas – known for her ethereal and celestial installations of light
Be an artist?
Is it grandiose or confident to display your own works? Art doesn’t have to be taxing, try making some linocuts or simlar sketches. Adding frames to your work can take them from being mere sketches or doodles to a proper focal point. The outline directs the eye and gives formality to something you might never have given the time of day.