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Buying Art for your Home – I

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Yesterday, I went shopping with a friend who decided to nip into a store selling Art (not an art gallery). What happened next mortified my interior design principles, well sort of! Yes, I am a trained interior designer and was practicing many years ago! I am not in the big league, rather in no league at all, but my aesthetics and basics have stayed with me.

I read an article a couple of years back and it left an impression that has stayed with me. It busted a few myths that people have about buying art for their home. Today, I’m going to share some of my learnings. In the next post in this series I will mention a few places where you can buy art online.

1. Art should not match furniture, furnishings and interior decor

It shouldn’t look that the gorgeous art adorning your walls came with the furniture. Please don’t match the colours and styles. Select art based on what appeals to you or talks to you. Just don’t put it against a busy wall/ backdrop.

pop art on wall victorian sofa and shabby chic cabinet
Victorian Chesterfield Sofa, Shabby chic cabinet and pop-art adorning the walls via
Bohemian decor with traditional elements like the Suzani throw and contrasting wall art via
Bohemian decor with traditional elements like the Suzani throw and contrasting wall art via

2. Don’t hang art too high up and don’t scatter small-scale art around the room. Group and Balance 

Grouping art always has greater impact. Balance small-scale artwork and larger pieces to avoid the ‘disconnected and disjointed’ feeling. One thing that always works, is laying out the pieces on the floor to see the impact and arrangement before you hang them on the wall.

Creating a picture collage wall
Creating a Collage Wall via
Grouping of wall paintings
Symmetrical arrangement of Wall Art via

3. It doesn’t have to be expensive and essentially ‘fine art’

Like I said earlier, buy what appeals to you, engages with you and captivates your attention. I am no art collector, but art that is thought-provoking and that draws you in is going to make you happiest when it surrounds you at home. If you’re creatively inclined, and a bit of a DIY enthusiast, you could make a beautiful piece yourself.

Cross-stitch wall papers framed via

4. Juxtapose traditional elements with the contemporary

If your decor is traditional, it doesn’t mean that art would be too and vice versa. On the contrary, personalize this space and add a contemporary painting in a traditional space. It makes the art and decor stand out on their own. One of my dear friends has used this in her home and it really makes it so much more beautiful and more pronounced.

Art deco traditional and pop art
A fusion of Art deco, traditional and pop art elements via
madhubani in contemporary room
Traditional Indian Madhubani painting in a modern room setting via

The home stylist inside me calls out to make sure I follow some basic guidelines while I select art for my home, even though I buy what I connect with (I admit, the guidelines do come in handy). My home furniture can be termed ‘Contemporary’, but the art in the space is primarily traditional, juxtaposing styles and elements to add interest and life. So, as you go shopping, awaken the stylist in you and have fun! Display art wherever it makes you happy – the kitchen, the hallway, the bathroom – anywhere really but remember the golden ruleHang It Well!

XO, Nupur


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