4 Things to Consider When Choosing Artwork for Your Apartment

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wall collage collection. Credit: By Mae Chevrette

If you’ve just moved into a new apartment then you’re probably excited to decorate. If you’re lacking décor or don’t have an overall vision for your space yet, try spicing it up by adding artwork. It can be a challenge to find artwork that is meaningful, affordable, and complimentary to your space, so here are some details to consider when choosing the perfect art piece for your new dwelling.


Size & Shape

It’s important to plan and know what kind of size and shape you are looking for in your new apartment. Taking measurements of the wall you would like to fill is a good place to start, but there is more to choosing artwork than mere fit on the wall. You want to make sure that the piece will not overwhelm the space it is meant to occupy. If you live in a small space, a mirror might serve as the best wall ornament as they can enlarge a room. Remember also that “art” comes in many shapes and sizes.

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Think about the combination of colors between the artwork and room as well as the canvas size in relation to its surroundings.



Consider whether your pieces are meant to be the spark in the room or just perpetuate a minimalist aesthetic. The color of a piece can tie the room together, add interest, bring out undertones in your furniture, and emphasize parts of a palette that you like best. If you intend to use the piece over the years, variety of color is important so that the work can shine in many rooms and fit with multiple aesthetics. Artwork is often an investment, so it’s important to choose colors and images that you really love and connect with. Also, the color of your work/the color scheme of your rooms can really impact your mood. I love yellow kitchens because being in a bright space when I am starting my day feels encouraging, but I like blues in my bedroom because my bedroom is meant to be a calming space.

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Just like with color, the subject of the artwork can impact your mood and the overall vibe of a space. Does the art piece inspire you? Is it a still life that makes you want to cook or study? What is your intention for the purpose of the room, and how does the subject of the piece fit into that goal? Is this piece a focal point or an accent? If it’s an accent, what is it meant to highlight? Designating the function you wish the piece to serve (create calm, create interest, blend in, stand out, etc.) can help you hone in on what you are looking for.



Once you’ve found a piece that speaks to you and your space, make sure you know how to hang it and where – this goes back to size and shape a bit in the sense that the piece needs to fit in the space where you want it. Remember that some art is heavier than others and it’s important to make sure you have the tools you need to stably mount the work.

Decorating with Art

Artwork Hanging. Credit: By USFWS Mountain-Prairie on flickr creative commons


Remember that finding the perfect piece is a process. In order to find the best focal point, you may have to wait and let it come to you. You might stumble upon meaningful art while traveling, or you might find a local artist you want to showcase. If you’re patient, creative, and use these tips then you can’t go wrong!


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Elaina Hundley

Elaina Hundley is an education professional with a passion for cozy, affordable home decor. She loves coffee, watching "Fixer Upper," and tries to read and write as much as she can in her free time.

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