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Give Your Walls Some Love

Updated on September 16, 2014

The Wall...A Blank Canvas

It has been well documented that having white or magnolia walls keeps things neutral, but you don't have to live somewhere that looks too clinical or boring, even if it is calm and will help you sell your home in the future.

So why not make an impact and a statement showcasing some fabulous artwork on your wall.

The key to adding color to your home, is to pick some pieces that make a statement and draw the eye to one or two items that you want to make the centerpiece of your design. Adding accessories and art that can be swapped out, moved around or changed when you fancy a different look is much easier than getting the decorators back in.

So go on, give your walls some love.

Art Sweet Art

You will want to select different styles for the rooms in your home. For example, if you go too big, bold and loud in the bedroom you may have trouble settling down for the night. Choose something soothe and calming with a quieter subject and muted color scheme.

A good tip to try and work out how big the piece of art should be for your wall is to cut out some different templates for some of the sizes you have been interested in and stick them to the wall with some Blu-Tack.

You can always put up some colored paper to see which colors would suit the room. Don't decide straight away, leave the paper on the wall for a few days and see if you're still happy with the size and the color. Mix and match - try one or two spaced a little apart from each other or if you're feeling particularly arty and adventurous, try a triptych.

Home is Where the Art Is

You don't have to own a Van Gogh or an extremely expensive piece of art, there are many places you can go to pick up a great picture for your home especially for the budget conscious.

Check out your local markets. Budding artists sometimes showcase their work at art fairs and local flea markets. You may find a bargain, and if you hold on to it, you may be sitting on something that could be worth a lot of money in the future if they turn out to be the next Michelangelo.

If they haven't quite got the style or color you are looking for, you could always commission them to make you something bespoke. You'll get a unique piece of artwork and you'll leave fresh in the knowledge that you have supported a budding artist.

The best art that you can buy, however, doesn't stem from thinking how much it will be worth in the future or the price tag you have to pay today, it is better to have a connection with a piece of art so you'll really love it every time you see it hanging on your wall

Buy art because you love it...not because you think you should have it.

I say Contemporary...You Say Fine Art

We're not all the same

Everyone has different tastes and there is no right or wrong way to go in deciding what style you wish to own.

There are a number of styles from Abstract to Realism, Fine Art to Contemporary. The best thing to do is not worry about these terms but go for something that jumps out at you.

It's always good to have a little knowledge about art and just think what a great conversation starter it will be at your next dinner party.

Here are a few styles you may be interested in exploring:-

American Impressionism

Art Nouveau

American Realism

Art Deco

Cubism

Action Painting

Kinetic Art

Pop Art

Art Photography

Digital Art

This is only a very small list of styles that have emerged from the art movement.

What Color are your Walls?

Do you think walls should be white or should they be rich in color?

Should walls be white or color?

Yes - clean, simple, calm and serene

Yes - clean, simple, calm and serene

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    • Meganhere 3 years ago

      Off white.

    • ismeedee 4 years ago

      I prefer neutral tones with splashes of colour through art and accessories!

    • writerkath 4 years ago

      Neutral tones for me

    • hmommers 4 years ago

      White, so the pictures on the wall get all the attention.

    • Jogalog 4 years ago

      I prefer white walls as they make places look more spacious. A little colour is fine but I don't like walls to start looking cluttered.

    • katiecolette 4 years ago

      I tend to stick with white and light colors - peach, light yellow, lavender :)

    • sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      white

    No - we have all the colors of the rainbow to choose from - pass me my paintbrush!

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      • gradientcat 4 years ago

        My walls are blue green and pink.

      • thingz1 4 years ago

        I used to like white, but now I prefer color. Two colors in my home right now are Hampton Green and Sedona Clay. Love them both.

      • loveanime22 4 years ago

        blue

      • Elastara 4 years ago

        I prefer color. Especially multi-color cause it makes the surrounding looks vibrant and bright!

      • dignit 4 years ago

        Most of my walls are pretty neutral- but I love a nicely colored accent wall!

      • bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

        I prefer color. Ours are a soft apricot -- the color they were when we bought our house. I find it very soothing.

      • justramblin 4 years ago

        I love color, it makes the room more interesting.

      • Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

        I'm currently transforming my white walls to color!

      • teach 4 years ago

        Color!:>) Fun and vibrant

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Blue is my favorite color

      • LauraGraig 4 years ago

        I'll go for color.

      Art Deco

      Art Deco, or Deco, is an influential visual arts design style which first appeared in France. The style is often characterized by rich colors, bold geometric shapes and lavish ornamentation.

      I'm very lucky to live in Miami where the influences of the Art Deco style can be seen throughout it's buildings. We also celebrate by having Art Deco Weekends and festivals from time-to-time.

      The picture I have used to reflect this style is just one of those examples that you can find by wandering around Miami.

      Kinetic Art

      Kinetic Art is art that contains moving parts or depends on motion for its effect.

      As an avid user of this technique, I can obtain amazing effects which sometimes can never be repeated. With this form of art you can truly have an unique piece of artwork and no two pieces are quite the same.

      Kinetic Photography is a great way to practice Kinetic Art. You do not use the camera in its traditional sense by focusing in on a subject and keeping the camera steady but by moving the camera around while using different shutter speeds to obtain dramatic visuals. Try experimenting with different light sources and at night you can obtain some great shots.

      I hope you agree that the results are amazing as the picture I have posted to demonstrate the technique shows.

      London Underground
      London Underground

      Digital Art

      Digital art is a general term for a range of artistic works and practices that use digital technology as part of the creative process.

      With the advances of technology there are so many different apps now available to help you create something funky and different by simply using your mobile device.

      Digital Art has now opened up a endless scope of possibilities that doesn't tie you to an easel and paintbrush or having to buy an expensive camera.

      You can also use your computer and if you buy one of the many drawing programs and hook up a device such as a Wacom Cintiq graphic tablet you can draw some great graphic digital art.

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          WriterJanis2 4 years ago

          I have a combination in my home. Some rooms are painted white, while others have color and some have wallpaper.

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @thingz1: You're welcome, thanks for stopping by

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          thingz1 4 years ago

          Love to create art and also view and appreciate what others create. Thanks for the guide.

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @bossypants: Thank you. Yes, it can be a problem especially if you are renting and your landlord does not allow you to make major changes in the home but with a little imagination you can bring color into your home in a subtle or bold way.

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @alina nicoleta92: Thank you for your kind comment and for stopping by. I hope it has inspired you

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          alina nicoleta92 4 years ago

          I really enjoyed reading your lens.

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          bossypants 4 years ago from America's Dairyland

          I enjoyed looking at your examples of art and reading your ideas, too! Helpful advice for bringing in color when one prefers white or can't paint the walls. I'm off to check out your artwork. Very cool looking!

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @justramblin: You'll have a lot of fun and each one is unique. The stripes picture was made using the Christmas Lights from Covent Garden. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment

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          justramblin 4 years ago

          I just discovered kinetic photography this Christmas season. I tried some nighttime Christmas lights. What fun,. Never thought of turning it into art. What a great idea. Love all of your examples. Good tips for picking out artwork too, most important - you gotta love it. NIce job.

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @hmommers: Thank you

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          writerkath 4 years ago

          Well... I guess I'm a little old-fashioned. I love my digital camera for illustrating lenses and making videos, but I don't really enjoy digital stuff otherwise. Oh dear. Did I just hear myself tell myself that I'm dull? :)

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          hmommers 4 years ago

          Beautiful, these kinetic pictures!

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @Gayle Dowell: Thank you very much, glad you liked it

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          Gayle Dowell 4 years ago from Kansas

          Great lens with some helpful tips in finding the right art piece for a wall. Very informative. Love your digital kinetic art too!

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @dessertlover: Thanks for stopping by, glad you are inspired

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          dessertlover 4 years ago

          Love it! So many fun ideas!

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          dessertlover 4 years ago

          Love it! So many fun ideas!

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @sukkran trichy: Thank you

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @teach: Glad you liked it

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @takkhisa: Thanks for stopping by

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          Takkhis 4 years ago

          I prefer your wall decor ideas! Thanks for sharing :)

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          teach 4 years ago

          I like...given some new ideas that I should consider...thanks for sharing!

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          sukkran trichy 4 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

          nice wall decoration ideas. thanks

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          PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

          @BuckHawkcenter: Thank you

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          BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

          Good information about wall art. You did a nice job presenting it.