How to Choose Artwork for Your Home


We want to focus more on choosing artwork to help make your house or apartment a home. In a previous blog post, we discussed crafting an art collection that mirrors your inclinations and demands attention, yet identifying these preferences can be daunting and time-intensive. Fortunately, there exist several methods to educate yourself about the art world.


We pointed out that a famous avenue, often embraced by novice collectors, involves enlisting a private art advisor. These professionals possess the expertise to navigate the complexities of the art realm, expanding the spectrum of art encounters for new collectors. Art advisors facilitate visits to art fairs and gallery openings, orchestrating these experiences to guide the collector’s perspective while making detailed observations to discern the collector’s inclinations.¬† Concurrently, these advisors factor in considerations such as budget, prevailing market trends, and the historical context of artworks. By integrating these facets, they collaborate with clients to foster an emerging art collection that aligns with personal tastes and holds the potential to evolve into a lucrative investment.


3 Additional Tips to Remember (and Work With)

  • It’s Not Just Paintings, Murals, and Photos! When the concept of art comes to mind, conjuring images of picturesque paintings or delightful photographs is easy. Although the variety of visual delights appears limitless, the art world extends beyond these typical forms, offering numerous alternatives that can seamlessly complement your living space. For instance, a grand wall might match a fabric tapestry, while a sculpture could perfectly enhance a particular corner of a room. Macram√© is a captivating wall adornment and a creative space for showcasing equally compelling plants. Additionally, one might contemplate the allure of striking metal prints, exquisite figurines, and meticulously crafted pottery.
  • Create a Theme! Art with specific themes can effectively contribute to the distinctive ambiance of a room. Art, inherently passionate, substantially influences a space’s atmosphere. For example, serene sunset paintings in your bedroom can induce relaxation, while your kitchen might benefit from appetite-arousing images of food. Your entryway could benefit from an inviting artistic piece or the opposite if guest interactions are different from your preference. At the same time, the family room might thrive with a touch of fun. If you maintain a home office, deliberate art that mirrors your profession inspires action. Motivational text fosters concentration – featuring imagery of a lofty aspiration or an influential figure in your industry.
  • Consider Sizing and Lighting! The illumination surrounding artwork holds the potential to entirely transform its perception, underscoring the importance of considering existing lighting in the intended placement areas. Of course, it’s always an option to set up dedicated lighting arrangements to showcase your art effectively. It’s prudent to factor in the appropriate dimensions of art pieces for various spaces. To begin with, when positioning artwork on a wall, disregard portions obstructed by furniture, windows, intricate details, or decorative elements and instead focus on the unoccupied area. Ideally, the artwork should cover over half to three-fourths of the visible space. Additionally, any artwork placed above furniture should occupy around two-thirds to three-fourths of the furniture’s dimensions.


With over ten years of experience as an art dealer working with private collectors and corporate hospitalities, Alanna Miller has opened a new gallery space at 230 Mulberry Street in the heart of SoHo in New York City, bringing her art advisory expertise to the storefront.