Home Do It Yourself Guide for Choosing Art for Your Home; How Do I Know What I Like?

Guide for Choosing Art for Your Home; How Do I Know What I Like?

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You have decided that you want to invest in an art piece for your home that you and your family can enjoy for years to come. Great. Now, where do you start?

The good news is that it is not necessary to be an expert, or know one, to do the right thing. You just have to know what you like. In this post, I’ll talk to you through discovering what you like and do not like and I’ll also show you how to find and choose the art you want and how much you should expect to be paying for it.

Styling preferences

The stylistic preference is the elegant way of asking “do you like art that is ‘splodges of color’ or do you prefer paintings of people or places,” or to put it another way, abstract or figurative?

First of all, let’s explore the different styles of art to be a little closer to knowing what you like.

#1: Figurative art

Not all knights are on horses and water dogs with girls in white dresses crying against a wall. Do you remember the traces that the grandmother used to have? There are so many artists who breathe alive working today producing incredible landscapes and portraits that really spoil to choose.

If you want art that is a representation of real life, you love the paintings of the coast, forests or people; then figurative art will push your buttons (also known as realistic art).

#2: Abstract art

My personal favorite, obviously! According to Galerieleroyer.com, “abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an exact representation of a visual reality, but uses forms, colors, shapes and gestural marks to achieve its effect”.

Abstract art can be what you want it to be, it can be a state of mind, an emotion, a feeling, a personality. The possibilities are endless. When it comes to choosing abstract art, you just really need to know what colors you like.

Abstract art, unlike other forms, has no date, is timeless. Fashions come and go and remains of abstract art. You can say a good one because you will get an emotional reversal of it or, in other words, you will end up with the story by yourself. If you do not, go to the next one.

#3: Pictorial

The pictorial term is used to describe a painting done in a style that honors the medium that was used to create it, whether it is oil painting, acrylics, pastels, gouache, watercolor, etc., in pictorial art you can see the loose strokes of the brush.

#4: Linear

There are many types of linear art, thin, thick, vertical, horizontal, diagonal, zigzag, curled, curved, spiral, etc. and they are often very expressive.

Lines are basic tools for artists, although some artists show their lines more than others. The art of line may tend towards realism, or it may be a caricature, or simply an expression of something controlled and very precise.

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