When it comes to art for your walls, it’s time to think big, and we mean really big. Forget delicate collections, this is the year for supersize artwork. But how do you work big prints into your home without overpowering the space? Here’s our five top tips for choosing supersize art which makes a big, bold and beautiful statement.
A large art print shouts ‘look at me’ the minute you walk into a room, so if you’re feeling shy, opt for an iconic artist to add instant familiarity to your statement wall. Try a Warhol piece for a wall that positively pops, or a Picasso to add vibrancy to a minimal space.
An oversized art print commands your attention. Have you got a beautiful mantle you want to show off? A fabulous mid-century modern sofa you want people to look at? Or perhaps you want to separate your dining area in your open-plan living room? Take a leaf from Marie Perkins’ book, and opt for a patterned print. Not only will it draw people’s focus, but as Perkins says, ‘patterns can make a room feel more cosy, happy and homely.’ Try a print by Hormazd Narielwalla – a modern master of pattern.
A colourful artwork makes a beautiful statement on your wall and if you keep the rest of the room minimalistic you’ve got even more space to play with pops of colour. Try a large scale Basquiat with urban flavour, or a colourful Rothko printed true to its original size, for a contemporary look with timeless appeal. Just remember to keep your space minimal and let the artwork do the talking.
A framed print looks stunning hanging on the wall, but if it starts to overpower the visual look of the space, try something different. Rest it on the floor, leaning up against the wall or place it on a low shelf or bench.
Don’t be afraid to work oversized prints into small spaces – an abstract painting with depth can add a sense of space and really open up a small interior. Try a beautiful abstract landscape by Liz Jameson or Kathy Ramsay Carr to whisk you away to another world.