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Art at Home – An Easy Guide to Stylish Decorations

Art Brings Space to Life

Remember that exhilarating feeling you get when you leave the movie theater and come back to reality, or when you come back from a vacation? Decorating your home with original artworks actually has the same effect, that is, it releases you from the boredom of a rut and fills you with vitality.

Many of you may have suddenly entered the age of Wiz Corona and realized that you did not have a home environment. Sometimes it’s appropriate to upgrade our “new base,” which is not well-equipped to handle all the work, food, and relaxation. Not surprisingly, art is a good place to start.

If you have printed reproductions of art, this is the perfect time to experience the power of originals instead, and it doesn’t matter if you have no history of holding them. It’s the best time to start.

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Display small, colorful works near your desk to create a lively workspace.

Why original art?

Original works have their own individuality and charisma, like movie actors. In the details, the artist’s journey is recorded, for example, in the layers of paint in an oil painting, the interplay of colors, and the emotional brushstrokes that tell the story. In other words, the original painting still contains a living energy.

Seems difficult to choose?

Choosing art for your room doesn’t have to be complicated. Let’s look at it in five easy steps.

The first three steps

The first step is to think about the purpose of the room. For example, I would imagine a “welcoming atmosphere in the living room,” “uplifting atmosphere in the dining room,” “calmness in the bedroom,” and “creativity in the kids’ room. This purpose-specific atmosphere goal will guide me like the North Star on how to match the art with the interior.

Secondly, it is also essential to consider style. To put it simply, Jean-François Millet’s famous “The Falling Ear” is not very stylistic for a living room with a modern style coffee table and a black leather sofa. Instead, if you want to unify the room with a sophisticated atmosphere, it goes without saying that you should choose a stylish piece of art to display.

The third step is color coordination. It may sound difficult, but there is no need to be intimidated, and you can quickly unravel it by asking yourself the following questions. “What are your favorite rugs, curtains, sofa colors, or floor colors? “Which colors have a strong presence? etc. The answer is “consistency”. By simply being aware of color pairings, you can easily make things look more cohesive.

Let’s review one more example. The room in the photo above is (1) a living room with a relaxed atmosphere, and (2) the style is casual and natural, judging from the design and materials of the furniture. (2) The style is casual and natural, judging from the furniture design and materials. However, the light colored art and the room are connected by the common color of the bluish gray, the yellow of the cushions, and the brown of the wood material. The room, which might have looked disorganized without the art, is now harmonized by this work.

Step 4: Find actors for the fun!

Now that the scene is set, it’s time for the fun art search. Each piece is unique, and like an actor, it expresses the character of its owner. In the example above, you can imagine the owner’s warm personality from the light-hearted picture in the living room. I would like you to free your mind and search intuitively, rather than theoretically, because you will naturally find the work that suits you. For example, I would choose the piece below for my child’s room because of its creative and spontaneous personality with its bold colors and mix of different materials.

Final Step: Master the Space

The final step is to understand the room. Believe it or not, the addition of art can “visually expand” a limited space, as luxury space is hard to come by in big cities. The reason for this lies in the optical illusion. By adding parallel lines to a space, you can create a sense of expansion. I recommend hanging horizontal rectangular pieces in a space that is open horizontally, such as above a sofa, and vertical ones in a narrow space, such as a hallway. This dining room, which looks like a dead-end alley, would look cramped without the tapestry, but the vertical lines give it depth. (By the way, this is also a good example of color coordination, for reference.

(Incidentally, this is another good example of color coordination for reference.) Color also plays a role in spatial perception, and artwork in light shades and landscapes generally enhances the expansion effect. On the other hand, darker or brighter shades focus the eye’s attention. For example, if you place a landscape painting with a simple color scheme in a small bedroom, you will immediately feel an expansion of space that will make you want to take a deep breath.

Where to look?

We live in an age of convenience. If visiting an art gallery seems too intimidating, don’t worry, there are online marketplaces. They generally offer a wider range of prices and styles than traditional galleries, and you can browse at your leisure with convenient filters and keyword searches. You can search for: TRiCERA.NET is one of them, which is based in Tokyo and introduces artists of all stages, from young to experienced, from all over the world. With the benefit of the increasing digitization of the art industry, discovering a new favorite piece of art is more accessible than ever before.

ArtClip is also planning to publish an interview with an American customer who is a hobby collector and an artist herself. If you are interested in learning more about her shopping experience at TRiCERA, why she buys art for her home, and how she chooses, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter.

Shinzo Okuoka
Born in 1992 in Tokyo, Japan. After studying Indian philosophy at university, she worked at a publishing company as a deputy editor of an art magazine and a shrine magazine, where she was involved in planning and editing magazines and books. 2019 she joined TRiCERA, a start-up company, where she was in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own on-demand media. He is also in charge of developing Japan's first cross-border e-commerce site specializing in contemporary art, managing artists, and launching the company's own owned media. He is a fast writer, and when he was working for a magazine, he was able to write 150 pages in a month by himself.

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