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D├ęcor Ideas – Use Art to Bring Your Home to Life

Art has always been a way for people to express themselves and can bring your home to life by adding colour, shape, energy, and depth. You can also use artwork, such as paintings, sculptures, and tapestries, to create a stunning focal point in any area of your home. However, it is important to consider the effect you want to achieve from art before buying the first beautiful piece of artwork you find.

Types of art

Before you begin your art journey, you will need to understand the different types of art. You may just see art as paintings, but art falls into several different categories:

Fine art – Fine art includes paintings, drawings, sculptures, and printmaking. Art that falls into this category is less functional and more pleasing on the eye.

Visual art – Art in this category includes photography, sculptures, ceramics, crafts, drawings, paintings, architecture, and filmmaking. This type of art also includes applied arts, such as interior design and fashion design, and is valued for its visual impact.

Plastic art – Three-dimensional art that involves physical manipulation of a plastic medium falls into this category. Good examples of plastic art are ceramics and sculptures.

Decorative art – Objects that are commonly associated with this category include metalware, jewellery, glassware, basketry, textiles, and clothing. Many items in this category are also considered to be craft items.

Applied art – Art in this category includes everyday items, such as furniture, carpets, and pottery, that can be transformed into visual masterpieces with a bit of creative thinking. The idea of applied art is to make the artwork both aesthetically pleasing and functional.

Use art to express yourself

Art can be used to express your interests in life, such as sport, fashion, or nature. You can use just one type of art or art from several categories to enhance your living space and bring your home to life. Try to fit your artwork in with the vibe in each room by having cosy and welcoming art in your living room, relaxing art in your bathroom and bedroom, and formal art in your dining room. Make sure that every room in your house is given equal attention when deciding on artwork, as your home is your personal space and should reflect your style.

Experiment with Wall Art

Finding the right art for each room may be a case of trial and error. If you buy something for one room and then decide that it doesn’t look quite right, you can always try moving it to a different room to see how it looks in there. It is also worth considering whether you want to decorate a room and then add your art or find the art you like first and then decorate your room to complement it. Art can be particularly effective in some homes when a theme is used and then run on throughout the house. Black and white art is worth experimenting with, too, as it can look stunning in certain rooms.

Consider local artists

It is often worth considering local artists when you are looking for new pieces of art, as you may find that you really admire someone’s work. Original pieces by local artists will also be much more affordable than work by famous artists. You may even find some pieces of art that you particularly like when you are away on holiday, so remember to keep your eyes open when you are travelling – just make sure you can get the artwork in your suitcase!

Move your artwork around

Even though you may have moved your artwork around your home when you first bought it to find the right spot, you may find that over time you feel like a change of scenery in a particular room. So, don’t be afraid to try moving some of your artwork from room to room to give a fresh new look to certain areas of your home. If you redecorate a room in your house, you may even decide that a piece of art from another room would look much better in the newly decorated room.


Hopefully, once you have spent some time experimenting with different types of art, you will learn which art combinations look best in your home. Remember not to overpower small rooms with large paintings or place small pieces of art on large plain walls. Using art creatively will help to enhance your home and provide you with many topics of conversation when people come to visit.