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Mistakes to Avoid While Buying Traditional Wall Art For Your Living Room

If you love traditional oils and watercolors, or admire black-and-white photography, you will find selecting traditional wall art to be both rewarding and creative. To ensure everything works, however, you have to make sure your paintings and prints work well with your decorating theme.

Below are some suggestions for decorating with traditional art so you can do so with streamlined ease. Before you embark on choosing the art, establish a budget first. That way, you can narrow your selection online and pay what you can afford.

Don’t Make These Mistakes

Next, make sure you know what mistakes to avoid while buying traditional art for your living room.

Don’t Scramble The Colors – Choose The Colors For The Theme

What you choose in colors should follow the theme. Begin by selecting a subject or decor for your living room. What is its focus?  For example, you might include photos of vintage aircraft or skyscrapers for an Art Deco theme.

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The Art Deco style was introduced in 1919 and ran twenty years until 1939. It was first called “Jazz Moderne.” The name was changed in 1968. Colors of the period included bright hues like reds, greens, blues, yellows, and pinks mixed with softer tones of beiges and creams – all which were featured in living rooms, bedrooms, and dining areas.

Maybe you want a more rustic setting for your living space. If so, you might choose earthier tones like browns, ambers, dark greens, and russet. Traditional artwork in a country setting, with matching colors, might be part of this type of theme. Whether you choose to keep to the same theme or change your color scheme on a room-by-room basis, you’ll keep things interesting. Focus on the theme and you’ll know what colors to pick.

Don’t Forget The Room’s Focal Point

To make the most of your decor, you also need to display a focal point when you’re decorating with traditional art. Therefore, you need to make use of a centerpiece type of art. That will help you make your placements and groupings work together.

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This is especially helpful if you’re working with a larger wall space. An oversized painting, when displayed in the right place, will cause the eyes to take in the total setting. Popular centerpiece locations are often found above a fireplace or over a sofa.

Don’t Try to Add a Painting Where it Won’t Work

While one painting may look great in one setting, you might add it in another room, and it simply won’t work. For example, it’s better to add a more intimate piece of art in the bedroom. Select a more conversational piece in the living area.

One Final Note

Are you ready to decorate? Take your time in making your artistic selections. Have fun – create a personalized and inviting living area.