More Than A Place
home /hōm/ n. the place where one lives permanently, especially as a
member of a family or household. See also: residence.
Think of the word “home”. You know how it’s defined but that doesn’t make “residence” the only definition. A home is so much more than a roof over one’s head. Home is a feeling. It’s personal and intimate. A sense of security. A sanctuary after a long day at the office. Home is the sound of laughter trailing down a staircase or the scent of roasted coffee in the morning. Home is where you allow yourself to just be you.
How your home makes you feel is partially inspired by the way it looks. Heavy drapes that block out natural light make a room feel gloomy. Too much clutter makes a room feel tense and claustrophobic. Too little furnishings make a room feel empty. There’s a careful balance that must be achieved when designing a space but with the right choices, you can create a unique space for your clients that reinforces those positive feelings without comprising aesthetic or breaking the bank.
Merging Emotion With Design
The best way to generate emotion is through art. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words. At WallsBeautiful we make it easy for you to find artwork to fit any wall in any room of your client’s home. Consider these tips when selecting your pieces or contact our Art Director for additional help!
What Inspires Your Client?
It all starts with a conversation. Before you begin any design project, sit down and discuss what your client is looking for in their décor. Functionality? Color? Texture? Light? Understanding how your client will use a room can help you select pieces that make an impact.
Pick a focal point.
Whether it is a child’s bedroom, a home office, or a living room, every room needs a focal point. This focal point should be the first place the eye goes when entering a room. Sometimes it can be part of the room’s natural layout: a fireplace, backsplash, or bay window. Other times you can create your own focal point by using artwork as a statement piece. When using artwork as your main feature, keep in mind space and size. Build your design around your focal point and select furniture and other décor that compliment it.
Find the right balance.
Artwork is extremely versatile and the opportunities to transform your space are endless. However, it’s important to remember that a balanced aesthetic requires more than just matching colors. Space, placement, and layout all affect the way your artwork influences a room.
Space. Positive space is the space filled with furniture and décor. Negative space is empty space. When designing a room, you need to find an equilibrium between the two to achieve a balanced aesthetic. Too much décor creates clutter while not enough can make your room look incomplete or boring. Rather than scatter images throughout a room, select two or three larger pieces that can be displayed together to create your main feature.
Placement. Artwork should always be placed at eye level. In a room with a vaulted ceiling it may be tempting to move pieces higher up, but the rule of thumb is hang your art between 56″ and 60″ off the ground. Most galleries tend to hang their art roughly 57″ or 58″ off the ground. Sure, your client may be taller or shorter but this level will still showcase your centerpiece. When placing artwork above a sofa or other furnishings, try and leave at least six inches between the bottom of your art and the top of your furniture.
Layout. When arranging artwork play around with symmetry, scale, and proportion. When in doubt, go vertical with your artwork. It will create the illusion of higher ceilings by adding height to your room!
Every color has a meaning. When selecting images, don’t just pay attention to the color itself (red, blue, green, etc.), consider the hue and intensity as well. The colors in your artwork will set the tone for the entire room, so choose wisely! Use reds, oranges, and yellows in a kitchen to stimulate appetite and promote happiness. Use green in a living/family room or bedroom to encourage stability and harmony, and create a relaxing environment. Use blue in a home office to increase productivity and reduce stress. Use purple to boost the imagination and encourage creativity. The way you combine these colors will also influence the viewer so think about the mood you want to create in addition to following a predetermined color scheme.
Interested in learning more? Contact our in-house Art Advisor for individualized help on selection and planning by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.