We have all been faced with a blank wall and wondered how to make it more appealing rather than a dead space to pass by. There are a number of approaches to make it more interesting. You can employ a collection of interesting items to group together so that the eye can meander slowly along the wall, or use a large mirror which is particularly effective if it reflects a beautiful view or you can use one large artwork to create the perfect wow factor.
I love this last option as statement artworks add the perfect finishing touch to a space, creating a dramatic effect and adding a personal element that ensures the room has character and appeal. Clearly if your choice is to use a statement piece you need to ensure that firstly you really love it. Too often I see people select artwork they think they should buy rather than something that they really love. This is fine when you can hide it in a corner but if it will be the major statement in a space, you really need to love it. You also need to ensure that it suits the look of the room and that the scale is right for the wall space.
A statement artwork will draw the eye directly to this area so ensure that you are not placing it where it will be in competition with a beautiful view. An artwork like this can actually be used to great effect to draw the eye away from a less flattering part of the room, perhaps from an air conditioning unit or a dull outlook.
As a statement piece, the artwork is likely to contain strong colour and this will usually look much more effective on a dark background. A white background will make the artwork appear fresh and clean however a beautiful rich dark background colour will really ground the artwork and ensure that it belongs in the space. Your eye will also be drawn directly to the artwork rather than the white space around it.
Consider the colours that the piece contains and draw out one of the darker hues to use as the background for the wall. You will need to view large samples of your proposed paint colour behind the artwork to see which ones really work the best and display the artwork to its best advantage.
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