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How I pick Art for my Home (and things you should Consider)

Not sure how to pick the right art for your space? In today’s post I’m sharing a few of the artworks I’ve chosen for my forever home, and giving you some help to choose pieces for your space, too.

Art is so personal. When I work with interior design clients I like to let them pick art in consultation with me for their home. I never like to dictate the art they should buy, because I think art is like clothing. You feel drawn to it, and it’s a rather personal experience. So I tend to recommend options that’ll work stylistically and then let the client choose from there.

There are a few things you should definitely consider when you’re choosing art, so let me run through those and then show you the ripper artworks I’ve secured from my friends at Urban Road.

Things to Consider when Buying Art


Is it the hero or the sidekick?

The first question to ask yourself: do you want the art in the room to be the focal point? Do you want your eye to be drawn to it immediately? Or should it blend into the overall design of the room?

In most spaces, the art or the rug (or a bedspread in a bedroom) is usually the focal point. So if you already have a rug that feels visually busy, opt for art with a soothing pattern that speaks to the rug.

I say ‘speak’ a lot on the blog, but you know what I mean; the art and the rug can be friends, feel like they belong together, are connected by a common element like colour.

What’s the vibe of the space?

Any purchase for the home that takes up a lot of visual real estate will impact the entire feel of the room. With art, think about the mood it’s going to create.

A large-scale portrait of a person’s face, for example (like this beauty), might make you feel intrigued. It might make you feel intimidated. It might make you feel any number of emotions.

Think about the room you’re in and what impact the art will have. Bright colours and intricate patterns will be more visually stimulating. If you want to feel stimulated in your living room, go for it. If you want to feel calm and soothed, opt for something less intrusive.

The option below is great example of a calm artwork that’s still beautiful to look at.


 Do you actually feel something?

My biggest piece of advice when it comes to buying art is to ask yourself; do I feel something toward this piece?

The art I’ve selected for my home makes my heart skip a beat. Whether it’s a piece I want to stare at longingly, or possesses a colour scheme that makes me smile, it’s gotta move you.

If you find yourself scrolling through the options on Urban Road and you stop at a piece that makes you gasp, to me that’s a sign you should whip out the credit card.

Sometimes I can’t quite articulate what it is I love about a piece of art. But the fact remains: I love it. And that’s always a good sign I’ll keep it around for years to come.


 The Art I chose for my Home

My divine friends at Urban Road are decking my forever home out in some crazy-stunning art.

The great thing about Urban Road is that they now have over 500 prints in their online store. Everything from colourful to subdued, abstract to portrait (and beyond) is there. It’s my go-to for art when I’m working with clients and it’s definitely a one-stop shop for my forever home too.


Urban Road offers a free design service. You can send the team a mood board or pics of your space and have them recommend the best pieces to pop in there. Trust me, I know how tough it can be to hone in on your final art choices, so the design service really helps you lock in the ones that’ll work best.

You can also choose art on canvas, framed with glass, canvas with a box frame – the list goes on. There’s actually 16 sizes of canvas and framed prints, in a variety of eight frame finishes!

Click here for more on the Urban Road design service.


Spotted Horses

In real life, I’ve never ridden a horse, but there is something so majestic about them. The colourway in this art is so subdued but still quite interesting.

The pattern on the horses makes this piece almost tactile. There is also a really gorgeous sense of kinship between the two animals here that I really adore.

I’ve selected this piece for my living room to keep in-line with the masculine vibe I’m going for (see more of my design plans for the home here).


After the Storm

You know I can’t go past colour, and I always tend to gravitate toward cooler, moody hues like deep blues and teals.

This was a natural choice for my dining room, because it’s an abstract piece that’ll bring life to the space while I’m entertaining.

The great thing about abstract pieces like this is that they won’t date quickly. I’ve ordered this canvas framed in a black box, because my walls are a light grey. So it’s really going to pop!


Blushing Bride

I have grand intentions to make my laundry a really chic space. Blushing Bride really spoke to me and will allow me to achieve my design goals here.

I’m going to have a brand new washer-dryer going in the laundry, will be installing shelves to style vignettes on, and am going to pop this artwork on the wall in there to elevate the space.

Hunting for lost socks is never going to be so much fun!

If you wanna check out more from Urban Road’s new releases, click here.

How do you pick art for your home? And what do you think about my art choices? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Chris Sig

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

Comments (4)

  • Allan

    I LOVE the spotted horses piece! Can’t wait to see your reveal pictures. 🙂

  • Art By Hue

    Excellent write up. You’ve really nailed the concepts of picking great art an it shows in the beautiful spaces you’ve put together. Well done! Have you tried using Art By Hue in your artwork discovery process?

  • Elizabeth R Stein

    For myself I think of art as a quality piece of furniture or a great book. It must be original ( who wants prints when the value drops immediately?) Buy quality that you are drawn to.


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