A well chosen arrangement of art will allow you to balance the feel of the wall or room where it is displayed. I’m not just talking about the art, I’m talking about the furniture, architecture, and colors in a room or even the whole house. In an open floor plan home, what is placed in one room will affect the mood of other rooms. They all need to balance and flow into each other.
I’m going to digress somewhat. My husband went shopping for new glasses yesterday. He can’t be trusted and he knows it, so he brought a couple frames to my office for help making a decision. The woman helping him pick the frames was pushing this pair of small, light-weight frames, and although she was saying they looked great and were the ones for him, he wisely didn’t trust her. He has a large head (can’t find hats) with very aggressive eyebrows. When he put the frames on, it looked like they were being attached by the looming eyebrows. Now I’m getting to the point, the frames were not in balance with his face and especially the eyebrows. They were perfectly fine frames, but they didn’t balance the other elements on his face.
The same principle should hold for your room or home/office. The size weight and color of the art you select should balance the weight of the setting that it will be placed in.
In this sample, two prints, of the same image, are arranged side-by-side. One is rotated to complete the balance of the pieces. It is centered over the void created by the corner arrangement of the two couches. It balances the large wall and connects it to the furniture without being too formal.
Image what this room would look like if the art was 2 small botanical prints in gold frames. Personally, I don’t think it would work. The person who would want the flower prints would have a totally different room to work with. To use smaller art, it should be a grouping to make up the weight needed to balance the space and weight of the furniture.
I have the 2 art prints shown above in my living room. They are 32 x 36 inch custom printed canvases. They are centered over a black entertainment center and fill the entire wall space in a recessed area of the room – an example that proves large prints can also be displayed in small spaces. They are the wall! They look fantastic!
Tip: In a contemporary style room, brightly colored art can add a focal point and provide a break in the formality. It can create warmth and comfort in a streamlined design.