When you’re faced with blank walls in your home, filling them with the right art can be a daunting task – especially if you’re attempting the feat alone.
We’ve consulted with interior designer Bryan Yates, co-owner of Yates Desygn in Oak Lawn, to guide you through the process of incorporating more art into your space.
Collect some Pinspiration
When you’re unsure of where to start, Yates recommends collecting images of what you like to jumpstart your search. Start a Pinterest or Houzz account, and pin anything that provokes positive emotions.
“Everyone knows what they don’t like, but not necessarily what they do like. Just pin everything you like, and you start seeing recurring details or elements of design,” Yates says.
Stir up emotions
Once you know what you like, hone your tastes further by choosing pieces that incite strong reactions. In doing so, you’ll own pieces that you can love for a lifetime.
“It really needs to captivate you,” Yates says. “There’s no sense in purchasing art if it doesn’t. It needs to be intentional and something you really enjoy.”
Take a field trip
When it comes to art, scanning rows upon rows of images on your computer does you a disservice. Yates recommends discovering pieces you want in person, so you get a better feel of the texture, colors and scale.
In Dallas, there are many galleries, and even art fairs, to visit and explore.
“There’s stuff you’re going to see at different price points,” Yates says. “Dallas is so great in the art community. You’re buying from local artists, and it’s always great to support them.”
Try not to buy too many pieces all at once – you’ll acquire your best pieces if you’re patient and choose pieces you really love. Once yours, make sure the art has space to breathe and be the focus of the room.
“You want pieces to stand out for themselves. If you bring too many art pieces, no one knows where to look. It gets overwhelming,” Yates says.
For gallery walls, Yates says to have a clear concept instead of creating a hodgepodge collection. He recommends visiting galleries to get inspiration from the experts.
Hang at the right height
Pieces should be centered at the eye level of an average height, Yates says. If you’re slightly shorter or above average height, just make sure the center of your art is between 55 to 66 inches high for the correct proportions.
“You want art to be a little lower or right at eye level, because you want to be able to see the center and move around the piece. When you have to look up at it, you’re not engaged,” Yates says.
Of course, you can make your space any color you wish to choose. But if you want your art to stand out, try making the rest of the space more neutral or monochromatic.
“Monochromatic has a really bad connotation, but I like my interiors to be monochromatic,” Yates says. “If it’s paired right, you can design a room around one color. And neutral can be anything now. It doesn’t have to be boring. It’s about texture and layering.”