April 21, 2016

How-To: Add Art to Your Interiors in 6 Easy Ways

We all started buying the latest clothes, shoes, and gadgets. As we matured, we eventually shifted our priorities to real estate, healthcare, and other life-changing things. Somewhere along the way, we pique interest in art. 

What makes one want to invest in art? Is it about the work itself or the artist? Does it serve as mere décor or a lifetime investment?

As lovers of art, we at Departures & Arrivals think it is an amazing addition to your abode because...

Art can be the focal point of a room.

It effortlessly gives you a colour palette. Like when choosing home accessories – say a rug or cushion, the colours of your painting help you build the mood.

Art adds texture.

A delicate sculpture adds a dramatic new dimension to your space. A painting, whether it is its medium, colour, or story, sets the tone and depth of your room.

Art is the finishing touch.

It elevates the aesthetics of your home while bringing a sense of completeness to the entire space.

But how exactly do you add art to your interiors? Are there hard and fast rules? How do you kick start a collection?

Here are 6 pro life hacks to add art to your home:

1. Know your space.
Like every investment, buying art takes careful planning; you want to put it to good use. So decide where your art is going to go. Determine which room it will be displayed in, measure the size of wall, and consider its purpose in the room. What you might choose for a private space might not be entirely appropriate in the kitchen.


 2. Let there be right light.

Most art pieces look amazing in natural sunlight but they deteriorate under it. LED lighting is your best option. Not only does it consume low power, it’s also earth-friendly.


 3. Frame up. 

Choose frames that enhance the appeal of the art, and not something to match the furniture. Black, brown, bronze, and metal frames work best with contemporary artwork. Champagne, silver, and gold ornate frames match perfectly with traditional artwork.


 4. Height matters.

The centre of the masterpiece should be at average eye level; art is to be seen and appreciated after all. If you intend to place art above furniture, the perfect height is thought to be when there is twice as much space above the piece than below.


 5. Arrange several art pieces.

Horizontal rows widen spaces while vertical rows add height. One large artwork on its own is an immediate design statement – great for minimalists and individuals who have ample spaces. But grouping pieces together can also be a delightfully creative display. Salon installations – a bunch of disparate frames and images clustered together – have recently become the interior design trend.


 6. Install with patience.

You invested in art to beautify your abode, but if you mistakenly punched the wrong holes to put it up, it defeats the purpose, doesn’t it? If you are hanging a few pieces, lay the arrangement out on the floor first. It also helps to trace outlines of each piece on paper and play with different arrangements until the desired result is achieved. If all else fails, write to us at hello@livingdna.sg and we'll be glad to put you in touch with professional help.