Whether it's DIY or from a store, learn how to choose the best abstract wall art for your space.
Why You Will Love Large Abstract Wall Art
Abstract art adds so many benefits to your home. It is easy to see why there has been an increase in popularity of abstract art especially when it comes to interior design. Abstract art can do so much more than make your room beautiful.
- Abstract art stimulates the creativity and imagination part of your brain.
- It also adds great color and texture to a space.
- Another great thing is that artwork can reflect your personality and style in your home.
- It can benefit your mood by using bright and happy colors or calm and relaxing colors.
- It can be a conversation starter or add to an existing focal point.
Large Artwork for the Keeping Room
The keeping room off my kitchen and living room has very tall ceilings. The fireplace is the main focal point of the room, but next to the fireplace is a large blank wall. It has taken over a year to hunt for the perfect pieces to compliment this space.
I knew I wanted some sort of modern art with calm neutral colors. But affordable artwork is also a very high priority. Usually original artwork is much more expensive than art prints. I finally found 2 sets of abstract fine art that would work in my keeping room.
The visual interest these pieces bring to the room is stunning! But the colors are calm and not overly distracting.
How to Pick Large Abstract Paintings
Large abstract paintings can be hard to find in the right size and design to fit your home and personality.
Take a look at this list of tips and tricks to help you add new art to your home.
Measure Your Space to Determine the Size of Art
- You'll want to measure your open space to determine how big your artwork should be. I like to center my pictures in the space leaving an equal amount of wall space on either side of the artwork.
Decide How Many Pieces of Art You Want
- This will ultimately come down to personal preference and your available space. I stacked 2 pieces of large abstract wall art as I have a big space to fill. It helps take your eye all the way up the fireplace.
Determine a Theme
- Choose a theme that reflects your style preference or design influence for your room. Bright colors, muted, geometric - I wanted a muted color palette so I didn't take away from the focus of the fireplace too much.
Pick a Style
- Do you want framed art work or the canvas art look? I wanted to use canvas prints for this space because I like the matte finish.
I rounded up my favorite large abstract wall art to help you find the perfect artwork for your home too. Shop here
How to Install Art Work
After you have found the perfect piece for your home, the next step is hanging it on your wall.
When hanging one picture on a wall the center of the artwork should be at eye level. Two pictures on a wall can be more tricky to determine placement.
In the keeping room I have two pictures to hang. To determine the best place to position them on the wall, start by hanging the bottom piece of art a little lower than eye level, where art would usually hang. Then space the upper picture about 1 inch above the bottom piece of artwork and hang it there.
Both of these canvases are very light weight. Rather than putting holes in the wall, you can use command strips to hang them up. The nice thing about command strips is that it also allows you to change them and adjust the position if needed. Command strips won't put holes in the wall or strip off your wall finish if done correctly.
I Love Them Both!
After looking for a year, I ended up finding 2 sets of abstract art that I liked! Now the challenge is deciding which one I like better. Since I couldn't decide which set I liked the best, I hung them both up. This helped me see which ones work better for my space and personal style. The command strips made it easy to make the swap.
I love the larger more subtle look of the line canvases. Shop Here
However, I also like the bolder abstract art that is a little smaller. Shop Here
Both work in the space for different reasons!
DIY Abstract Art
Sometimes it is hard to find the perfect piece of abstract art to fit your space and style. One solution is to create your own version of abstract art. Now, this may not turn into the next Jackson Pollock, but it is so easy and inexpensive to make your own.
Here is how I made a piece of artwork with acrylic paint and a squeegee.
- Acrylic Paint - 5 different colors
How to Make DIY Abstract Art
Add a strip of acrylic paint in each color onto your canvas. Use different starting points for each paint color to create a more abstract look.
Place your squeegee on the canvas and pull it down. Make sure to pull the squeegee in one continuous motion all the way off the canvas.
Leave the excess paint on the squeegee and repeat at a different height and place. Continue placing your squeegee onto the canvas and pulling the paint down until you have the desired look.
Here is how this one turned out. No two pieces turn out the same. It is fun to use different colors to mix things up too.
I added this piece on my shelves. It makes the perfect backdrop for these vases. It would be fun to make two and hang them side by side on a wall as well.
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