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Maximising Design Impact Using Wall Art in Small Apartments and Studios

Living in a small flat doesn’t have to be a dreary experience. In fact, it can be a good opportunity to get your creative juices flowing and turn your humble abode into something uniquely you. There are many ways to do so, such as choosing interesting furniture or adding mirrors to give an illusion of space. Another great way is to adorn your walls with eye-catching pieces that will not only add style to your home, but also give your guests a glimpse of your personality. 

When it comes to wall decor, wall art can be the perfect choice for you as they are easy to install and there’s a wide variety to choose from. Here’s how to get started with designing your small space with wall art.

Why Choose Wall Art?

Art has long been used as accent pieces in living spaces, workplaces, and commercial establishments. At home, an otherwise plain corner can easily be turned into a focal point by hanging a painting or art print. Moreover, there are many potential art styles to choose from, so you can pick one that suits your personal preferences or whatever theme it is you’re going for. For example, you can opt for a unique contemporary wall art if you want something striking that’s sure to be a conversation starter. Likewise, more subdued unique art prints or photos can offer a calming effect to any room.

There are of course other means to decorate a wall, such as putting up shelves or using wallpaper, but choosing wall art offers stunning results with much less hassle. The accessibility and ease of installation of art prints only add to the appeal of utilising wall art for your space. You don’t even have to drill holes or use nails on your walls just to hang them up, because alternative options such as adhesive strips are now available.

Things to Consider When Buying Wall Art

If you’ve decided to spruce up your space and purchase some wall art for your flat or studio, there are some things you need to consider first. This way, you won’t end up wasting your money buying something that you don’t really like or doesn’t really fit your space.

Here are some things to keep in mind as you shop for wall art:

  1. Choose a design that matches your needs.

Usually, the primary purpose of art in a small living space is to accentuate what is already there or to give it a new look. So, take the time to research which designs will match your existing decor and personal preferences. There are a lot of art prints to choose from, but not everything may fit aesthetically in your flat. 

If you have no idea where to start, try browsing magazines or photo blogs on social media to gauge which style you want to go for. Luckily there are online art print stores now, so it’s easy to browse for options from the comfort of your home. Get a good grasp of what you want that blank wall space in your home needs before you start purchasing any art.

  1. Check the space where the art will go.

Speaking of blank spaces, make sure you have the right measurements before buying wall art, so you don’t end up with paintings, posters, or prints that are either too big or too small.  In addition to measurements, take into account its position as well. How is the lighting? Are there furniture or shelves beside it? Getting all these down can help make the decision of which wall art to buy much easier.

  1. Set a budget.

Purchasing art prints isn’t necessarily going to break your wallet, especially if you’ve done your research beforehand and determined which suppliers can offer you fair prices. Still, learn to set a budget beforehand so you have a good idea of how much you’re willing to spend. Your budget limit can also help you decide which prints to get in case you run into choice paralysis. 

Making the Best Use of Wall Art for Your Space

To maximise the impact of the wall art you’ll be hanging in your home, make sure you give it enough space to shine. Don’t crowd your wall with too many decorations to the point that each piece is fighting for attention. A good frame is also needed both to protect your wall art from damage or dust, as well as to provide emphasis on its subject.

Embrace your cosy space and make it truly your own with the help of wall art that carries your personal style. In the process, you can even help artists thrive and grow as you support their trade. With these points in mind, we hope you feel inspired enough to fill that blank wall on your flat with something unique and exciting.

Rachael is a 31 year old mum to 10 year old Luke and 5 year old Oscar. She lives in England and writes about family life, crafts, recipes, parenting wins(and fails), as well as travel, days out, fashion and living the frugal lifestyle.

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