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12 Awesome Wall Art Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting
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12 Awesome Wall Art Ideas to Make Your Home More Interesting

Enhancing your home is easy with wall art ideas that add personality and interest to a space. The paramount rule for choosing art — and the only rule as far as we are concerned — is that the art you choose be something that gives you joy or speaks to you in some way. Pick a piece of art because it “matches your colors” and you have a dispensable accessory instead of an expression of your taste. It’s up to you and your budget what kind and size of artworks you choose. While not every piece appeals to every person, the beauty of art is that it hangs in your home and you are the only person who has to like it!

Here is a small selection of pieces from the recent 2017 Art Basel and Art Miami to fuel your imagination for wall art ideas for your home.

If you are looking for wall art ideas that lend drama and a wow factor to a room, take a look at large scale artworks. While they demand a big space to be properly appreciated, if you have the right wall a massive work will anchor the room and serve as a focal point. This piece by artist Summer Wheat is called “Keeping Bees.” The imposing work is done in acrylic paint on aluminum mesh. Although the overall tone of the piece is neutral, dominated by black and white, it is far from boring.

Wheat calls her own work. “Sensual, disturbing, ugly but beautiful.” The texture in the piece comes from “impasto” which is a method of painting that makes the paint stand up from the canvas. She is said to use syringes, mops, and brooms — anything that allows her to achieve different textures.

Oversized works need to stand alone on a wall for the best impact.View in galleryOversized works need to stand alone on a wall for the best impact.

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Large, colorful artworks don’t have to be painted. This one by Nelson Leirner is called “Homage to Fontana” and made from fabric and zippers. The Brazilian artist is considered controversial and his works mean to question behavioral strategies in an experimental way. This is a rather minimalist piece that would be a good wall art idea in a modern or contemporary space. The colors are vibrant without being overwhelming.

Pieces like this add more than color: They contribute texture and dimension to a room.View in galleryPieces like this add more than color: They contribute texture and dimension to a room.

Fans of more traditional — and smaller — artworks will find loads of wall art ideas of all kinds of styles and genres. This modestly sized work is by Parisian-born Bridget Tichenor. She was a Mexican surrealist painter in the school of magic realism, as well as model for Coco Chanel in her early life.

Even small works can add color to a space and stimulate thought and conversation.View in galleryEven small works can add color to a space and stimulate thought and conversation.

Artwork that is more eclectic and modern, such as this Untitled (eggs 14) by David Adamo, is an offbeat wall art idea. The piece is composed of acrylic and enamel on canvas and will likely appeal to those with a modern space. The artist may be best known for his minimalist wooden installations, but his works do include various studies of food, such as the eggs.

The American-born artist works in Berlin, Germany.View in galleryThe American-born artist works in Berlin, Germany.

While lots of minimalist works are large, like the one above, they don’t have to be. Small wall art ideas can be just as dramatic, or, from a collector’s point of view, important. This small piece is by Lucio Fontana, a well-known Argentine-Italian artist who was considered the founder of Spatialism. Part of his series of pieces created in the 1960s called 

Fontana's theory posed that "matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic artistic forms."View in galleryFontana’s theory posed that “matter should be infiltrated by energy in order to generate dimensional, dynamic artistic forms.”

Abstract works that feature lots of texture are great wall art ideas for modern and contemporary spaces that need more interest. Even though this particular work is neutral on color, the layers, paint and assemblage create depth and drama. Pieces like these provide plenty of fodder for contemplating the meaning and fostering discussion with guests.

Textural collages are popular types of modern, abstract wall art.View in galleryTextural collages are popular types of modern, abstract wall art.

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Quirky renditions of mundane objects are good wall art ideas and works like Peter Cain’s are very fitting for a masculine space. Cain – who died at 30 of a cerebral hemorrhage — was known meticulously making paintings and drawings of surreal and versions of cars. His method included collaging an atypical version of the car and then using that as is home to paint the creation.

Although they originate from photos, Cain's works are not what you would normally see.View in galleryAlthough they originate from photos, Cain’s works are not what you would normally see.

We love this wall art idea for the way it plays off of a well-known masterwork, adding elements that update and expand the meaning in today’s culture. Created by Brazil’s Rodrigo Bueno, the classic painting is transformed with added elements made from other materials, including natural ones. These types of artworks most definitely spur conversation — and sometimes controversy.

Bueno has received much attention for his melding of plant life and furniture.View in galleryBueno has received much attention for his melding of plant life and furniture.

Graphic artworks are a fabulous way to add verve to your space. This type of wall art ideas works in all kinds of spaces and can include a big pop of color or not. Some works rely on contrast, such as this one by Francisco Sobrino. ack and white plexiglas.The late Spanish artist created all sorts of geometric and grid-based works, many of which incorporated optical illusions as this does.

A simple pairing of contrasting colors can create an eye-catching piece in talented hands like Sobrino's.View in galleryA simple pairing of contrasting colors can create an eye-catching piece in talented hands like Sobrino’s.

Many people prefer realistic art and paintings. This work is by Wayne Thiebaud, who is best known for his paintings of cakes, pies, pastries, and toys. This type of wall art idea is a fun and whimsical addition to a space. Thiebaud started out as a cartoonist for Disney, later moving into fine arts.  His works are a little bit of pop art, but generally include realistic still life renditions of food and other items.

Food has always figured in still life paintings, but lately is cropping up in more pop art and modern pieces.View in galleryFood has always figured in still life paintings, but lately is cropping up in more pop art and modern pieces.

At the other end of the spectrum is this colorful and abstract work by South African artist Zander Blom. It’s a wild combination of colors that is a decidedly dramatic wall art idea. Blom uses modernist abstraction in a playful way and the modular sections of paint and lines create “different formal relationships,” write Artsy. The Unititled work is vibrant and eclectic, with its swirls, smears and seeming errant streaks around the edges.

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Medium-sized works like this have great impact when they are so colorful and full of movement.View in galleryMedium-sized works like this have great impact when they are so colorful and full of movement.

Repetition and the creative use of unexpected materials often come together in surprising ways. This wall art idea by British sculptor Alice Channer is “Linear Bivalves.” Made from vacuum metallized and lacquered mussel shells on custom jigs, the work is typical of Channer, composes works representing animate beings and inanimate objects. The candy color and metallic finish are unexpected when it comes to bivalves and the artwork has a bit of a fantasy feel.

Simple elements become a strong artistic expression in wall sculptures.View in gallerySimple elements become a strong artistic expression in wall sculptures.

These are just some examples of the wall art ideas we saw at the recent international art shows. When you think about art, try to think outside the box. Myriad types of styles of art exist and there will be many that appeal to you and many that don’t. The important thing is to explore the possibilities and decide what kind you like and how you can use it to style your home to express your personality.

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Vera Dordick

Vera Dordick is a global communicator, and creative provocateur. She holds degrees in Journalism/Russian and Pastry and has had a life-long affair with creativity. Her dabbling focuses on interior design, including DIY, jewelry, cakes, sugar flowers, and fiber arts of all kinds.

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