How to Fill Your Home With Abstract Art—No Curator Needed

Updated 04/03/19

You don’t have to have a creative director in your job title to curate a space full of eye-catching abstract art. In fact, it’s best not to overthink it when it comes to the visual language that has no rules. Yet, it can feel overwhelming to delve in, especially when price tags can vary into the thousands. Luckily, in this internet age, everything from local masterpiece-makers to infamous prints from the greats are a cinch to buy online. Websites like Saatchi, Tappan Collective, and Frame Bridge make this whole art collecting hobby a reality in just a few clicks.

As Pollock himself said, “The painting has a life of its own.” So we say follow our guide to integrating abstract wall art into your home, even if you're a minimalist—no art history degree needed.

Abstract Wall Art—Monica Wang Photography
Courtesy of Monica Wang Photography

The Are No Rules
The best place to start is by getting comfortable with the fact that your art and your décor don’t have to coordinate to a T, in fact, it is visually to your benefit if your art stands out. No matter what your personal style, your abstract work of choice will make a statement, as in many ways it was created to do just that.

West Elm Gilded Moon Wall Art
West Elm Gilded Moon Wall Art $249
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Abstract Wall Art—Alyssa Rosenheck
courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck

Stay Neutral
Don’t let the Matisses’, and Picassos’ scare you. Not all abstract art has to be abundant with shape and color. An easy way to integrate this mode of craft into your home is to opt for the minimal, such as a neutral canvas. Artists who focus more on simple graphics can be a good place to start. In this way, you can deliver that level of sophistication without over-stimulating the eye.  

Ethan Hill Art Oversized Abstract Painting Original Art, Large Painting on Canvas, Vertical Modern Art, Black, white, brown - Ethan Hill Art No.H190V
Ethan Hill Art Oversized Abstract Painting Original Art, Large Painting on Canvas, Vertical Modern Art, Black, white, brown - Ethan Hill Art No.H190V $216
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Abstract Wall Art—Alyssa Rosenheck, A Beautiful Mess
courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck

Color Theory
If your home has a few accent colors, a great way to tie them into each other is by finding a work of abstract art that carries many of the same tones. Say you’ve gone for millennial pink details—mounting a canvas with many of the same hues will make the room feel polished and well-considered.


Michael Lentz Sgraffito 928 100x70cm
Michael Lentz Sgraffito 928 100x70cm $395
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Abstract Wall Art— Alyssa Rosenheck, kitchen
courtesy of Alyssa Rosenheck

Consider Scale
Many times when we see abstract art, it’s on a prolific scale. This makes for a beautiful statement, but consider your space before you mount. It’s possible if you’re working with a smaller apartment space a medium, to small print will be a better match as to not overtake the room.

Jesús Perea Abstract Composition M221 - Limited Edition of 20
Jesús Perea Abstract Composition M221 - Limited Edition of 20 $495
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Aaron Leitz ; DESIGN: Jessica Helgerson

Location, Location, Location
You may think of the obvious places to hang said artwork: above the couch, adjacent to the bed—but why not get creative with your placement? Abstract in many ways is meant to be unexpected so why not tactfully place it in your bathroom, kitchen, or entry hallway.

Dan Hobday Art Large Abstract Painting
Dan Hobday Art Large Abstract Painting $10
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courtesy of Elizabeth Roberts

Seek Deals
Buying abstract art online doesn’t always have to be a huge investment. It’s okay to start small in canvas size and price tag. Heading to online retailers like Etsy allows you to find beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces from small artists who may be in your starter-collector price range.

Marleigh Culver Number 14
Marleigh Culver Number 14 $140
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Abstract artwork—Holly Addi
Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

The Great Wall
To prevent a room from looking too busy, designate one wall in your room to art. This way you’re not weighing down your living-area by attempting too much or distracting the eye with too many places to look. By choosing one wall for the pièce de résistance it eases the viewer as they enter.

CB2 Orleans Puzzle Painting
CB2 Orleans Puzzle Painting $229
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courtesy of Kate Martinez Design

More or Less
If you’re more of a fearless decorator why not jump into this whole art thing head-on with a gallery wall. A great way to incorporate your abstract art piece is to surround it with other complimenting mediums such as photography, minimal sketches, or even classic style portraits. This adds an eccentricity to any room.

West Elm Framed Print - Watercolor Burst, set of four
West Elm Framed Print - Watercolor Burst, set of four $579
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