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HOW TO DETERMINE THE BEST STYLE OF ART FOR YOUR HOME OR OFFICE

Updated: Dec 5, 2023


Art will change the energy and the styling of any room, will lift you up and imbibe creativity and adventure, but great art is deeply personal and a long term selection to your décor.

Additionally, your art must reflect and be aligned with your unique style, and must be of a medium and size that fits within and compliments your environment, whether it be a room in your home….or a wall in your office.


Your art says something about you. Art is an expression of your style, your cultural perspectives, and your personal creativity, imagination, and emotion.

Art allows you to be the unique human you are. It can convey your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences in a way that is unique to you. As such, your art should be deeply personal, and each piece should be something that connects to your soul, and makes you feel some emotion when you experience it.


Selecting the best style of art for your home or office can be a fun and rewarding process. Not only can art add personality and character to a space, but it can also create a focal point and enhance the overall design aesthetic. Here are some tips to help you determine the best style of art for your home:



Consider You and the Emotional Connection you can Have with a Piece of Art:

A good piece of art that you like, can move you emotionally, and will touch you in ways that few other things can. It can inspire you to feel joy or even feel alive, and it can even change the way you see the world. Great art has the ability to tap into your subconscious mind. When you look at a painting or sculpture, you may not always be aware of why you are drawn to it or how it is making you feel. But on a deeper level, the work may be triggering memories or associations that you are not consciously aware of. For example, a painting that features a specific color or texture may remind you of a childhood memory, or a sculpture that evokes a particular emotion may tap into something deeper within you.


Art tells stories:

Another way that art can move you emotionally is through its ability to tell a story or convey a message. When you look at a work of art, you are often presented with a narrative, whether it is a story depicted in a pop-art piece or an abstract painting. These narratives can resonate with you on a personal level, evoking memories, emotions, or beliefs that you hold dear.


Consider the Room:

The first step in selecting the best style of art for your home is to consider the room it will be displayed in. The style of art should complement the existing décor and furniture in the room. For example, if you have a modern minimalist living room with neutral tones, a large abstract painting with bold colors could add a pop of color and interest. If you have a vintage-inspired bedroom with warm tones, a collection of botanical prints could create a soothing and calming atmosphere.



Determine the Purpose:

Consider the purpose of the room and the artwork. Do you want the artwork to be a focal point, or simply blend in with the overall design aesthetic? If you want the artwork to be a focal point, choose a piece that is large and bold. If you want the artwork to blend in, choose a piece that has a similar color scheme to the existing décor.


Match the Style of the Home or Office: The style of the artwork should also compliment the overall style of the home. If you have a traditional or classical home, a painting in the same style may work you. If you have a contemporary home, an abstract, contemporary, pop art, or modern piece may fit better. If you are committed to sustainable living, then art that reflects your values might be something you love. Mixing styles can work well, but it should be done with consideration to create a cohesive and balanced look.


Personal Preferences:

Your personal preferences, values, style, and taste should also be considered when selecting the best style of art for your home. You should choose artwork that speaks to you and reflects your personality. If you are drawn to nature and landscapes, consider works in the Impressionism or Realism styles. If you prefer bold and bright colors, consider works in the Pop Art or Abstract Expressionism styles. Or if you reflect values of eco, progressive social perspectives, or sustainability, then social impact or sustainable planet art will attract you. Here is my social impact art.



Consider the Mood:

The mood of the artwork can also impact the overall mood of the room. If you want to create a calm and relaxing atmosphere, choose artwork with soft and muted colors, such as landscapes or abstracts. If you want to create a vibrant and energetic atmosphere, choose artwork with bold and bright colors, such as Pop Art or Street Art.


Scale and Proportion:

The scale and proportion of the artwork should also be considered when selecting the best style of art for your home. Large pieces work best in spacious rooms, while smaller pieces are better suited for smaller rooms or as part of a gallery wall. The proportion of the artwork should also be considered in relation to the furniture and other décor in the room.



Experiment with Different Styles:

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles of art. Mix and match different styles to create a unique and personalized look. You may find that a piece that you wouldn’t have considered before, works really well in a certain space.


In conclusion, selecting the best style of art for your home requires consideration of the room, purpose, style of the home, personal preferences, mood, scale, and proportion. It is important to choose artwork that complements the existing décor, reflects your personality, and enhances the overall design aesthetic.



Consider what makes you happy, what makes you smile, and experiment with ideas and different styles to find what works best for your home…that make your life better.


If you like a certain artist’s work, it is because you relate to their thinking, their style, and their subject matter. When you discover art you like, follow that artist on social media, their website, and subscribe to get email updates (see my art at peterashworth.com). Most artists who create original art, also make reproductions and prints that are often very affordable, come in various sizes, and with today’s printing and reproduction techniques are often very true to the original. Art preferences change throughout your life, and what you loved as a teenager, will not be the type of art you love as an adult. Don’t be afraid to think outside-the-box to go for something interesting…or even controversial.



Remember your art is for you, and not designed to impress others. Choose art that makes you happy, and remember, the best style of art for your home is one that you love and enjoy seeing every day.


Happy hunting towards a creative life. - Peter Ashworth.


Peter Ashworth is a Southern California impact artist whose purpose is to inspire people to feel alive, take them on a journey of transformation, and help them live their best creative life.


He believes his art should engage, entertain and uplift his customers to express their creative nature, to spark their imagination, and their desire to live creatively. He has an attraction to iconic life moments, whimsy and pop culture, and has a keen eye for color, progressive design, and subject matter honed over 30 years as a branding and marketing expert. His art is created to be a centerpiece, an experience, to mentally engage the viewer. He works across six different subject areas, each with a unique purpose of creating life-moment reactions and mental engagement with his viewers in the habitats and environments where his art is located. He is a working artist available for commissions.


All of the artwork in this post is his original art.

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