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5 Tips to Help You Select an Oil Painting for Your Office/Home

>> Aug 18, 2017



If you’re looking for an oil painting to beautify your home or office walls, there are factors to consider in order to end up with the best canvas for your environment. This article highlights some of the things you need to think about:
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1.   Size
You should consider how much space you have on which to display the painting, as well as the size of the room. A huge canvas would overpower a small room, while a small canvas might get swallowed by a large room. Start by measuring the wall on which the painting will sit. You should also factor in everything else that sits on that wall. For instance, if you have photographs and other types of décor, there should be enough space between the different pieces. Consider placing canvases in walls that have little else going on so that they can command attention to themselves.

2.   Color
The last thing you want is to buy a canvas which doesn’t work into the color scheme of the space. You need your painting to complement the color scheme you have chosen. Now, this doesn’t mean that they should be an exact match. For instance, your canvas can inject some much-needed brightness into a dull, monochromatic room. On the other hand, if you have lots of different colors and details going, it helps to select a simple painting so that you don’t have too many items clamoring for attention. Earthy tones will be well complemented by earthy-colored paintings, while cooler tones will be well complemented by cooler paintings. The important thing is to ensure that the canvas works well into your color scheme.

3.   Style
There are different decorative styles, such as contemporary, traditional, classic, etc. It is also perfectly alright to mix and match, but this must be done with utmost care. You can mix different textures, patterns and eras. If you don’t know how to do the pairing in a tasteful way, then it’s advisable to find an expert. For instance, if you have an older stately home, it might benefit from a contemporary piece of art. Similarly, vintage paintings may infuse some tasteful contrast to contemporary or modern homes. In the end, however, be sure that you’re in love with how everything ties together.

4.   Subject
Paintings cover vast topics/subjects, from still-lifes and landscapes to wildlife, people and modern life themes. Art is a beautiful place to initiate conversations, so think about what you want to invoke in those viewing the paintings. This also includes the values that you stand for, especially if you’re buying for a corporate setting. Be sure not to pick anything too emotive because you don’t want to be annoying some of your clients when they come into your offices. For your house, however, anything you and your family like is considered fair game.

5.   Purpose
The most important thing when buying art is to buy something that speaks to you, something that you love. Spending lots of money on a piece of art won’t make you love it if you don’t. Think about the styles, artists and eras that you naturally gravitate towards. You can browse through museums and gallery showings to experience different kinds of art if you’re completely new.

Bear in mind that if you’re buying to sell later when value appreciates, art doesn’t appreciate overnight. In the meantime, it helps if you bought something you already love.


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