January 11, 2023
The start of a new year is, of course, the perfect time to make resolutions and set good intentions. This year, one good resolution would be to give your home a facelift by bringing beautiful art into it. Studies have shown that having art in your home can bring feelings of well-being and mental health benefits. So making your room or workspace a haven of comfort or inspiration by hanging the right kind of art for you, is a really good plan.
I have the following eight suggestions help you begin adding art into your home, or office, in 2023.
If you’re serious about bringing art into your home, then investing in quality pieces should be one of your resolutions for 2023. That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. But while there are plenty of low-budget, low-quality, mass-produced options available to pop in your trolley in retail stores, it does pay to spend a bit more money on higher quality art that has been created with love, care, technique and attention using quality materials. Not only will good quality art stand the test of time, way beyond than those cheaper alternatives, it looks and feels so much better hanging on your walls.
If buying original artwork isn’t currently an option, then quality fine art prints are a great alternative! These could be a reproduction print of your favourite artwork by an artist. Or perhaps a print from an original digital artwork. Prints come in various formats and sizes so you can easily find something that fits both your budget and aesthetic preferences perfectly! Ensure the art is printed on quality, archival, acid-free paper with pigment inks to ensure that the prints will last a lifetime. Fine art prints may be sold framed but are often unframed so that the buyer can frame to their taste. This offers even more versatility when decorating walls with artwork this year!
Please note: Purchases for "A River Runs Through It" art print will be though Claude & Leighton which sells my fine art prints.
Local artists often get overlooked, but there are many talented gems out there creating beautiful works of art. So make it one of your New Year goals to seek out artists working in your area, and support them by purchasing their artwork directly from them. Local arts trails and open studios are a fantastic way to discover amazing artists in your area.
For some, the thought of putting boldly coloured artwork up on the walls can be daunting – but it doesn’t have to be! The artwork you hang on your walls doesn’t have to blend into your interior colour scheme unless you want it to. If you want your art to stand out then let it.
Strong, rich colours can add dimension, personality and a focal point to a space and help create a unique style statement for your home. With this resolution for 2023, try exploring art in different styles and colours and see what appeals to you and creates that spark of connection.
Please note: Purchases for "Lady with the Purple Rose" art print will be though Claude & Leighton which sells my fine art prints.
Collecting artwork doesn’t have to stop at just one or two pieces. And hanging art isn’t confined to single paintings or matching sets either. You can build entire collections around themes and styles that interest you, such as colour, or photography, or figurative paintings. Explore creating a gallery wall.
If this is something that interests you why not make collecting artwork part of your New Year resolution list? You never know when you will spot the perfect piece to add to your collection.
Or you can inject eye-catching personality into a room with an eclectic mix of artwork that reflects your personal style and tastes. Whether it’s hanging a combination of vintage finds, modern art and framed personal mementos, or something else entirely, don’t be afraid to experiment with different types of art until you find something that speaks to you personally and brings warmth and character into your home environment. And you will have great fun creating your collection.
Find artwork that speaks to you on an emotional level and hang it in prominent places in your home where it can be seen and enjoyed every day. Choose art that you feel a strong connection or positive reaction to. Pieces that will always catch your eye.
If you have spent time getting to know the artist and the story behind the artwork, this can add an extra dimension to your enjoyment of the art you purchase. Whether it’s a painting, photograph, or sculpture, having special pieces of art around will inspire you and make you happy throughout the year.
When it comes to choosing art for your walls, don’t be afraid to take risks. Because sometimes going with gut instinct yields the best results! It doesn’t matter if the colour doesn’t match the sofa. Or if it’s not something that you would have expected to like. Let yourself explore what excites you most when selecting pieces for displaying around your home. This could lead you to discover new favourites that will bring you a lifetime of pleasure!
Art has been proven time and time again as being beneficial for our mental health and well-being. So I hope these 8 things to think about will inspire you to add layers of joy and expression into your home through art.
To feel motivated, happy and inspired by the art hanging in the rooms you inhabit daily. What could possibly be better than that? :)
Jayne Leighton Herd
Artist & Designer
Jayne Leighton Herd is a fine artist & designer based in Berkshire in the UK. She produces beautifully colourful contemporary statement abstract, landscape and seascape art.
A professional artist for over 17 years, she undertakes commissions for bespoke art for both individual and commercial clients.
Jayne also blogs for Claude & Leighton, which she owns and runs with her husband Laurent, selling her fine art prints and digital artwork.
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