How to choose Artwork for the Family Home

Art around the home can show your personality and style, whilst making your home feel tailored to you. Finding the right wall art for you can let you relax and enjoy your surroundings, as well as feel like you’ve added a personal touch and made your home your own. Finding artwork for the family home can be something that requires a lot of thought – after all, it’s not just for you to enjoy, but the whole family. Letting everyone in the family have their say and personalize their own space can help everyone feel like they’re at home, so I advocate for letting children choose the style and art they have in their own bedrooms too!

I’m going to go to three areas of the family home – the communal living area, your adult bedrooms, and the children’s bedrooms, and give some tips for choosing the right type of art for each room.

Living Area

The living area is the most likely place you’ll host guests. Maybe you have a family room and a guest living room, or maybe you just have one space for everyone. This will make a difference as to what you want to display. You’ll need to choose something that goes with your current decor, but still choose something that reflects your personal style and the mood you want to feel when looking at it. The frame is as much an art choice as the art piece as well, or you could go for frameless canvas prints.

When choosing wall art for the living room, think about

  • Locations
  • Size and number of pieces
  • Art style
  • Colour Scheme
  • Framing
  • Lighting

What do you think of this modern wall made up of lots of different framed art prints? Although they’re all different, they’re still part of a collection that comes together, relaxing, natural and a great conversation piece. In keeping with the classic elegance of the room, the lighting is a soft illumination to the side, rather than the more modern illumination from above. The soft warm white bulbs complement the earthy tones of the room.

Above the sofa is often a focal place for art, but you don’t have to be limited to once space, consider any available wall space, or even framed pictures on tables or cabinets. With so much white space and large open windows, artwork like this above doesn’t always need extra lighting.

Adult Bedrooms

The bedroom is such an important space. You want to be able to go to bed, look around and feel comfortable, relaxed and peaceful. Art can play a big part in that. Choose a theme or colour scheme that matches both the decor of your room and the mood you want to display. For example this modern natural theme using modern art prints below introduces the outside world into the inside space – complimented by the green throw and the addition of live plants to the room.

On the other hand, this photo below shows an abstract theme of red, yellow and lavender hues that blends in with the dark red wall. What feelings does this image evoke for you? For me it seems masculine, strong but also passionate. Having lights above your artwork in the bedroom can also offer reading light into the room and take the place of bedside lamps, whilst also highlighting your artwork.

You can see from these two photographs how massively different a bedroom can feel based on the colour and theme choice, with artwork being a focal point of that.

Children’s Bedrooms

I really think it’s important that even young children get a say in the artwork for their bedrooms. Children may not be interested in fine art, but there’s bound to be something such as posters that appeal to them. They might not yet have a discerning eye, but children can look at something and think that it’s fun such as illustrations, animal posters or fantasy posters. They can look at art and it makes them feel relaxed or happy and waking up in the morning to artwork they chose can help improve mood. Feeling like they have agency and control of their life in small ways can also help with behaviour. So whether you have a toddler or a teenager, if they’re old enough to point at something they like, I recommend letting them be part of this decision even if it’s not entirely to your tastes.

You could always let them make their own artwork too for a few pictures around the home too – no family home is complete without a few finger paintings or home-made artwork on the wall! It’ll bolster their confidence whilst encouraging creativity too.

Do you have any plans for new wall art in the home? What’s your favourite art style for each room? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

This is a collaborative post. I was asked to share my thoughts on the topic of wall art, but the direction and information expressed remains my own.

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