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How to Mix Art Styles in your Home

How to Mix Home Décor Styles 

We often get asked to share insights on what art can be paired together and what is good to be bought as a set, which is why we created our gallery wall collections. In this article, we explore some ideas and tips that we use when grouping, so that you can re-create this in your homes too.

As a rule of thumb, you want your art to look like it’s been collected over time and not all procured at once. You want to create a style that looks considered with just the right mix of character, charm, and individuality. Easier said than done, we know!

Mixing Mediums

When we discuss art mediums, we are talking about the core elements used to create the art, such as oil, watercolors, charcoal, Illustrations, acrylics, pastels, and sketches. Mixing mediums can work beautifully, for example, if there is a sketch drawing (simple black and white), then placing something vibrant and colorful next to it can work well, such as an abstract oil painting or watercolor.

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Leopard in a Tree  /  Flamingo Geometric  /  Pencil Sketch Ros  /  Kazumasa - Photomechanical Floral Art  /  Pencil Sketch Woman


Subject Matter

Art is complimented best when surrounded by beautiful things so putting some thought into what to display on your walls and place nearby will pay off in strides. So, what do you love? Maybe it's a color, a vibrant red in an abstract piece. Maybe it’s horses or flowers. Whatever it is find a piece that speaks to you and place something equally beautiful nearby. I personally like reminders of vacations, some beautiful black and white prints paired with some holiday paraphernalia, not only does it look great, but it means something to me and evokes happy memories.

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Lily pad by Morimoto Toko  /  Butterfly Yellow by Morimoto Toko  / Giraffe Botswana Wall Art


Colors

As you are mixing art together consider what primary colors are present.  Read our blog on matching and clashing to learn how to work with both situations.  If you are pairing two paintings that both have scenes, you need to take care that there is some continuity with the color palettes, resulting in a creative blending of colors.  

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Style

It may feel counterintuitive to put pieces that are juxtaposed together, but when done correctly you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For example, a black and white modern print works well when paired with a vibrantly colored floral photograph or a delicate etching.

Monet lily pads

Highland Cow Photograph  /  Water Lilies by Claude Monet


Texture

Not all art comes in a frame! Look for art décor that’s a bit different such as flags, decorative plates, or prints that appear to be on a textured background like this print on wood-look. 

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As always with art go with what feels right to you, art is subjective, but by following a few simple rules you can really make your art pop!

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