India Hicks via DominoDeciding on art for a room is one of the hardest things for me. There are so many options. The sources are endless. And, to top it off I am very fickle. I'm ashamed to say we have virtually no artwork hanging in the house. I know.... sad.
After deliberating for months, I have finally decided on artwork for my bedroom (mind you, only 1 wall). And, it wasn't until I did this post that I realized I followed a series of steps to make my final decision. So, here are the steps I took. The first question I asked myself, given the space I was considering, is what style do I want? For example,
1) Framed series vs. Mixed gallery vs. Single piece?
I decided to do a framed series. While I love the mixed gallery look, I don't have a ton of art to fill the space right now. Besides, when doing a mix, I would like the look to appear like it has evolved over time and not to be too staged. I don't have the budget to do a large piece of artwork so, I settled on the framed series. I, then, asked myself
2) how do I choose the art?
I have no design experience so I don't know the rules per se. What I've learned is that you need to consider scale. This consideration tailored my search. For example, for a framed series, I already had 11 x 14 frames (which would fit well in the space I was considering) so the art I chose couldn't be bigger than 11 x 14.
Michael Penney via CHHThen, I tried to visualize the feeling I was trying to create in the room.
3) What feeling am I going for (ethereal, vintage. organic, etc.)?
Then, I asked myself...
4) What colors need to be in the art to complement the color scheme I am using?
via Coco+KelleyWhen I found a piece of artwork that had potential, I asked myself, do you love it? If the answer was 'yes', it was a keeper. So, when you're staring at a blank wall, how do you decide what artwork should go there?