Colour is one of the main things you notice about any object. They will all create and stimulate particular emotions within us and that will vary for us all. In particular it’s the way in which we combine colours that makes love or hate a painting. Certain combinations can work really well and others can be a little more challenging. Start by deciding what colours you like then select the tabs at the top of the page that highlight paintings in a particular colour genre.
Listen to your gut telling you what you do and don’t like. It is worthwhile ignoring your home decor at this stage and let the painting tell you whether you like it or not. This page features all my current art for sale but I am always creating so mail me today if you want to see the very latest new originals.
Filling a space
The way that blocks of colours are formed into shapes is the next thing to consider. Small intricate detailing is fine for a painting that’s going to be hung close to you but you may opt for a bolder, simpler composition if your normal viewing distance is further away. For passing spaces like hallways, landings and corridors it is easier to go for something that carries loose, big shapes and more uniform blocks of colour than a more intricate and delicate series of lines and movements.
For communal areas and resting spaces (living rooms, kitchens and bedrooms) you can become a little more adventurous and let almost any kind of shape be present. Be careful for dining rooms though; you want your art to be beautiful and uplifting but not put you off your food!
Room to breathe
There is no set rule for how much of any given wall space your art should fill, and much of that argument is down to what kind f art you are hanging. Generally speaking though it’s a good idea to follow a basic rule I have devised fore abstracts that, in my years of experience, works very well.
Measure your whole wall width and divide the measurement into three equal parts. For one of the thirds split that in half so essentially you’ve got two sixths. Leave on sixth of the wall at either side and there’s your breathing space.