The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Artwork for Your Living Room

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The living room is the core area of every home. It’s one of the areas where every other square in the house overlaps. It is also where we receive our visitors so it should be cozy and homey. No matter if your living room has a formal on semi-formal style, that part of the house should serve its purpose—to bring comfort and ease to anyone who stays in there.

With that being said, this home space should have fixtures and furniture that are warm to the eyes and bring a relaxing feeling. These fixtures not only include lamps, but also some wall decorations like art pieces. However, you might be wondering, “Why do I need art in my living rooms when they can serve their purpose without it?”

Below are some reasons why you need one (or some) art pieces even if you don’t think you need it.

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 Art can be a great conversation starter.


There are a plethora of ways to interpret and perceive an artwork. One good reason why your living room should be adorned with one is that it can be the perfect ice breaker when conversing with another person. How a person interprets a piece can give you a glimpse of his views of life. As a matter of fact, it sometimes determines your compatibility with that person.

It adds character to a room.

Have you ever felt as if your living room lacks something? You know, a missing color, texture, personality, or definition to make the said room ‘perfect’ to your taste? Why don’t you try hanging artwork in one of your walls? It serves as a finishing touch in your living room’s design and who knows, it can fulfill the character that you think your living room is missing. With art, you can change the whole look of your living room from classic to modern (or even a mix) without replacing some of your beloved furniture.

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 Your choice of art is like a window to your personality.

Whether you’re a person who loves to support a cause, an animal or nature lover, a fun or secretive person, your choice of art will reveal your personality and values greatly so make sure you choose carefully.


If you made up your mind and decided to invest your time and money in art, which is a good decision, and realize how it can be a perfect addition to the part of the house where everyone gets together, it is vital to know what’s best for the place. Still clueless on what artwork to choose? Read on to learn a few tips on how to choose the perfect artwork.

Know where to place it

This is the most basic thing to know if you’re planning to put art in the living room. It should be somewhere that will add value and beauty to the room instead of it looking like a liability resting on a corner. It should be visible to anyone who sits in one of the cushions and is illuminated for that person to appreciate it being there. One should also determine the correct orientation based on the wall where you’re planning to hang it.

Complement or contrast

Your chosen artwork should not only because you like it. You choose an art piece to be adorned in your living room to either complement the colors, style, and design of the whole room or totally contrast everything in there for it to be the first one to be noticed. You can either choose a piece of art with pink or purple as the dominating color (the same as the color of your favorite furniture) or opt to a white one to be more noticeable. All you have to make sure is that it doesn’t look weird or o

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ff being placed in that particular room.

Make sure you get the right size

Just like a dress or any outfit that’s too tight or too loose for you, an art piece that’s not the right size can make your entire living room look unflattering. As a matter of fact, instead of becoming beautiful, getting one that’s of inappropriate size can actually do the opposite—it takes away the beauty of the room and the art piece itself. Therefore, before you decide on choosing one, make sure you know the dimensions of the wall first. Aside from that, it is also crucial to get the sizes of the furniture that’s around it or the one where you’ll put it if you decide not to hang it. The recommended size for it is anything that does not exceed ⅔ of the furniture’s size, especially if you’re planning to get a metal design art.


Art is a beautiful thing that represents our values, personality, and views of life. That is why getting one in the living room is the perfect place if you’d like your house to have at least one. However, do not commit the mistakes of choosing anything you like. You also need to take those that are mentioned above into consideration if you want it to add beauty and value to the overall look of your house.