Tappan Collective is an online platform that introduces emerging visual artists to both new and seasoned collectors. As a source of education and discovery, it shares insights on collecting art and the latest trends for art lovers. Here, Tappan gives you, MyDomaine readers, an introduction to adding color to your home with art.
It's easy to feel a little daunted by the idea of investing in colorful pieces of furniture. Our tastes are constantly shifting and evolving, and that's reflected in our home décor. A bright piece of furniture may look beautiful, but what happens if you want to change your color scheme later on? Adding color through artwork is a simple, versatile alternative.
Artwork can be moved around from room to room to change with your home's shifting design. Pricing options are (thankfully) just as flexible. There are easy and effective ways to add a splash of color by choosing artwork that is diverse in color and composition. Color adds energy and extra personality to space, but the key is to trust your eye, be confident in your decision-making, and don’t overdo it unless you’re trying to!
Keep reading for our three tips on how to best add a dose of color to your walls.
It doesn’t take much color to change the vibe of a wall. With proper lighting, splashes of color interspersed throughout a sea of monochrome will make a huge difference. If you’re looking to build a small gallery wall, consider several black and white photographs that are simple in composition and subject matter. Mix up your selection with an additional one or two pieces with a punch of color. If you’re looking for a warmer color scheme, consider adding works with red, orange, pink, or yellow tones. To add a cooler tone to your black and white selection, incorporate works with blues or greens. If you’re looking for a more ambitious and eclectic punch of color, try adding both warm and cool pieces into the mix!
It can sometimes be difficult to pick which colors best complement each other and how you want to add in those accents. In cases of uncertainty, we strongly encourage going big and incorporating one or two vibrant and colorful pieces in an otherwise neutral room. Adding a bold piece or two also can work to serve as a focal point if you’re struggling with how to anchor a space around something other than a fireplace, a large piece of furniture, or a TV.
Initiate a conversation between your couch, your coffee table books, and your plants to find different items in your home that will help inspire complementary and contrasting color choices in the artwork you choose. If you have mostly neutrals in your home, add a mixed-media piece that incorporates several textures and color palettes. Well-composed collages are a great example of how a little can go a long way.
Think about bringing in colors that complement the green of your plants. Nature photography is a great way to connect your walls with your house plants. If you have exposed white brick walls or a muted wallpaper with added texture, consider an ultra-vibrant, flat artwork to accentuate the use of color.
Ready to add artwork to your home? Let us know which artistic palette you're choosing!