Why Decorate With Abstract Wall Art in the Home?

We have some suggestions for using abstract wall art in a powerful way. Before we get to that, it’s important to answer a simple question: Why even use abstract wall art?

Critics often dislike it because it is not representational nor does it have a clearly recognizable subject. Instead, these works challenge viewers to find their own meaning. For this writing we are defining abstract wall art by its elements that incorporate the process of form, line, pattern, texture, color, and composition. It is a non-objective, or unrealistic form of art, but a creative process none-the-less.

That in fact is the power of abstract wall art. It challenges the viewer to uncover mysteries about the artist and the artist’s meaning behind the work. It can be non-objective and only exists to be visually stimulating. The creativity of these pieces lies in the materials or medium that is used and how they are applied. In short it gives the opportunity to challenge the viewer to be imaginative.

Decorations can set the tone for an entire home. Why not use the kind of art that can transform your brain and your living spaces?

Transform vs. Conform

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Below, we have several suggestions for decorating with abstract wall art. Before getting started you need to determine whether the purpose of the art is to transform a space, or work with an existing design.

If you want the artwork to help redefine an entire space, you want something transformative. That means you’ll pick the artwork and then design the room around the art.

If you already have a design style you love and an overall feel that speaks to you, then you want something that can conform to existing colors and patterns. The art then becomes an extension of the current design and helps to make it cohesive.

Regardless of your choice, abstract wall art takes your interior decoration to the next level. Here are a few of the ways you can get started.

Defined Focus

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When designing, it is important to have a well defined focal point which strikes a delicate balance: it pulls the room’s “look” together without overpowering the other visual elements.

Abstract wall art makes the perfect addition. A large scale and sometimes colorful work of art naturally draws the eye while making the space look richer and more elegant. 

At the same time, there are so many varieties of abstract wall art (from geometric shapes to fluidic curves) that you can easily integrate the artwork with your existing style. Adding a more contemporary piece to a traditional or transitional space elevates the design and makes it feel more up-to-date.

Better in Numbers or Go Big

Do you want your artwork to stand out? In that case, the solution is simple: increase the number or go large scale to make a statement.

Putting two or more complementary pieces of abstract wall art next to each other creates a powerful statement in a space. It can make a room look balanced and ads symmetry.

Having a “balance” is key. Using works that are the same size and style is important so they coordinate, and if the work is framed that element should also be the same.

Equally powerful is using an oversized single piece of art. Not only will the sheer size make it the focal point, but it adds drama, and can also help delineate a space.

Match the Vibe

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How do you pick the artwork for the room? This goes back to the “transform vs. conform” question. If you want art that really blends with the room, you should choose works using colors already present in the space.

As an example, if your walls are a light shade of grey then you will want varying grey shades in your selected piece of art, this way the art blends with the wall it hangs on and is grounded.