Decorating with Large Art Pieces

An oversized piece of art is one of the most impactful elements you can incorporate into a room design. Whatever effect you’re going for is multiplied by the scale and prominence of a large painting or photograph.

Here at EcoChic, we believe in making a big statement with your furniture and décor. With that in mind, we designed the Off the Hook Wall Panel, pictured above, to take centre stage in your home. Let’s explore all the ways that a large art piece like this one can function in a space.

 

Focal Point

Every room should have a focal point. This is one of the most basic principles of interior design. A focal point draws the eye into a room and gives your visitors an idea of what to expect for the rest of the home.

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To use a piece of art as a focal point, carefully consider the size. If it’s too large, it will overtake the room. If it’s too small, it won’t have enough impact. Placement of the art is also very important. A centered piece contributes to a calm balanced feel, while an off-centered piece helps bring energy to a space.

 

Burst of Color

A large art piece can add all the color you need for a room. Buying furniture and painting your walls can be a big commitment. By keeping everything neutral, you can easily add color and interest with a large art piece. And you can create different seasonal looks just by changing the art.

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Here a white couch and walls serve as an ideal showcase for tropical color in the living room. Note how our Rising Tide Coffee Table provides the perfect horizontal complement to the large painting above.

 

Texture

If a room appears lifeless and flat, it is usually due to a lack of texture in the space. If your floor is smooth, the couch is solid, and your other surfaces are monochrome, the room can feel boring. Bringing in a textured art piece adds energy and a different visual to the space.

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Contrast 

Adding visual interest through contrast is an important design guideline. A large piece of art can contribute the exciting color or image that pulls people into a room. Consider contrast in hue, shape, and size to amp up the impact.

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Picture and Mirror Grouping

You can use a variety of smaller art pieces to create a larger wall design and get a similar effect to a single large art piece.

Mirrors are a great option to hang together as a grouping because they reflect light into the room and make it appear larger. A variety of pictures (matching or not) can also add a lot of impact to your room design.

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Our Hull of Fame Panel is a strong candidate for hanging in a group to attract more attention. The patchwork color and shape of the reclaimed boatwood creates a lot of movement and energy.

 

Room Divider

A large art piece can help divide areas of your home.

In today’s open floor spaces, it is more common to have the living room and kitchen/dining areas open to each other. Consider placing your largest art piece between two connected areas to help break them up and to provide some color to the spaces.

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We can’t talk about artful room dividers without mentioning our own Luna Sea Room Divider, which incorporates gorgeous color into a functional design.

 

There are so many exciting possibilities for filling your walls with arresting images. Hopefully we’ve inspired you to consider going oversized with art in your home.

Megan Risdon

CEO EcoChic

Megan Risdon is the CEO of EcoChic Lifestyles. She was inspired to found the company when she discovered the possibilities for crafting art furniture from colorful fishing boat wood.