Thinking about where you display artwork can transform any space in your home. It can add finishing touches to any room, and create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Alternatively, well placed prints can create a fantastic first impression for anyone visiting your home.
We’ve broken down our suggestions for the types of artwork you should display in each room around your home, from the busy home hubs to the quiet personal spaces.
Choosing wall art for living rooms
For many of us, our living room is the largest room in our home. This is a perfect opportunity to fill large wall spaces with your favourite wall art and canvas prints. Your living room is the perfect place to de-stress, and it’s often the place to entertain guests. Combine these two ideas with art that creates a calming, welcoming atmosphere – try and avoid choosing colours that are too loud, which could potentially cause a distraction. For a harmonious effect, try using photographs which all feature similar colour schemes. A simple way to achieve this is to print all of your photographs in black and white (great if your walls are grey, blue or other cool toned colours) or sepia, which lends itself especially well to cream walls and traditional décor styles.
Need wall art ideas for your living room? Why not create your own gallery wall? Use a selection of your favourite photos and hang them on your chosen wall. The best looking gallery walls have different sized prints – with the largest ones acting as the centrepiece. An eclectic combination of holiday photos, family pictures and even artwork can look great together when arranged well. Just pick the pieces that best show off your personality and make you feel at home.
Depending on the amount of space you have, you may want to just have a couple of canvas or wall art prints on your walls, to help them stand out. Then, fill your bookcases, side tables and other surfaces with a selection of smaller prints as you wish.
Kitchen wall art ideas
The kitchen is often the main hub of the home. It’s generally the most used room, and the place you and your family spend most of their time. So it’s important to decorate it to the best of your abilities! Let your imagination run wild as you decorate with kitchen wall art décor.
Update your kitchen’s style with a selection of prints. Kitchens are generally associated with food and drink, so why not decorate with food and drink related art? Art relating to wine, coffee, vegetables or your other chosen food looks great displayed in the kitchen. If you’ve got a young family, photographs of the children baking can be used to create a fun, family-oriented space. Alternatively, if you’ve got a talent for food photography, appetising shots of steaming coffee cups and artfully decorated desserts can be a chic way to add personality to your kitchen. You could also think about including your favourite quotes about food as well.
In your kitchen, we recommend hanging framed wall art instead of canvas prints. Steam and smoke caused by cooking could leave traces on your treasured prints, so it’s best to select something you can clean easily. Glass framed prints help bring photos to life, and can protect them from potential damage in the kitchen.
Wall art ideas for bedrooms
Wondering what types of canvas and wall art you should display in your bedrooms? Bedrooms are the most private parts of your house, where guests tend not to visit, so focus less on impressing house guests and more on creating a relaxing environment for yourself.
The best place to start with bedroom wall art is to opt for anything that emits a sense of calm. Photos of plants and animals are a great choice, along with natural scenes such as mountains or oceans. This is the perfect opportunity to display your favourite holiday photos.
Looking for a way to get out of bed? Avoid snoozing your alarm again and again by hanging your favourite motivational quotes. Wake up feeling inspired and see what the day will bring.
Hallway wall art ideas
As the first room your guests will see, make sure to leave a lasting first impression. Give your home an immediate wow factor by choosing the right pictures for hallway walls. Hallways are often overlooked and seen simply as a corridor to enter and exit a house. This shouldn’t be the case. Don’t leave your hallway walls looking bare – give them some life.
Hallways might not seem like an obvious place to display wall art and canvas prints. Often, they have to compete against shoes, coats and bags – and there might not be much space for art. If there is space to display a print, make sure it counts. One large piece of wall art works best – overfilling the space with pictures, not to mention all your coats and shoes, can make the space feel too crowded. Just make sure your chosen picture is a good one! An impressive landscape shot will have a great impact, or welcome your guests with something personal, like a skyline view of your hometown. If you’re worried about the hallway looking cluttered, pick an image that uses one focal subject and negative space in its composition, for an effect that will draw the eye without becoming overwhelming.
The best pictures for hallways should reflect your personality, and immediately make you feel at home. Don’t be afraid to be bold with your chosen picture.
Tips for picking canvas and wall art at home
- Complement and contrast: choose wall art that complements the colours of your walls. If they blend in too much, there’s a risk your pictures could end up getting lost. If you need help complementing your colours, check out our blog on how to match photos and colour schemes.
- Think about black and white: black and white wall art and canvas prints work well with any wall colour. A well-placed black and white picture will really stand out next to a group of colourful prints.
- Contemporary prints in traditional spaces: in a traditional style room, think about having a contemporary piece of wall art. It can make the whole room pop.
- Multi panels: multi panel canvas prints give your walls a truly modern feel – perfect for showing off your family photos.
- It’s up to you: at the end of the day, the canvas and wall art you hang up in your home is your choice. Display art that you love and would love to see rather than feeling indifferent towards it.
These are our recommendations for displaying canvas and wall art at home. Knowing which room you want to display your desired prints is important, because where you put them can send a different message. Looking for new canvas and wall art? Create yours today with CEWE Photoworld.