How to Pick the Right Work of Art for Your Space


 How many times have you found 
a special spot in your home where 
you would love to hang a work of art,
 but had no idea how to begin choosing 
a painting for that particular spot? 

Or even if you had a piece of art in mind, 
how do you imagine that particular painting 
in that spot and decide if it would work well 
with your entire room?

At, the art website for purchasing fine art that is teamed with Fineartamerica’s website, they have a most helpful app for the iPad called Pixels. This remarkable app enables you to select your work of art, pull it up into a matt and frame in the window of your iPad, and take a photo of the painting juxtaposed with your actual room. How cool is that?

You can adjust the size of the art to fit your space, and you can see exactly what that particular piece looks like hanging on your wall. You should try it out. Just get the app called Pixels. It’s pictured here, and it’s free.

Upload the app and try it out on any art you see on the Pixels app. Of course you could put in my name, or any other name in the search bar and select an art piece for experimentation. Select the piece you want to play with, then select a size and art medium that you would prefer, like “framed print” or “stretched canvas.”

Then click the little camera lens icon and up comes the art piece with the frame and matt you picked. Behind the piece is a completely clear window through which you can see, you guessed it, your room. You can play with frames and Matt colors. Then hold your iPad up in front of the space where you would like to try the art and photograph the piece in your space!

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So fun! Try different art, different sizes, different frames and matts in your space,until you hit on just the right combination. In the two photos above, I went to Apps on my And how will you know it is right?

Well, first of all, consider proportion and balance. You want a piece that is neither too overwhelming in size for the space nor too small. You don’t want a size that looks lost on the wall.

The Next, you need to consider form and color. Choose a piece that highlights colors and shapes that appear in the room. For instance, I took a photo of one of my dogwood prints and put it over my sofa in my sitting room. I tried some variation in matts and frames. Notice how the gold and white floral pattern in the sofa are repeated in the organic shapes of the dogwood petals.

A word about picking your matt color. Try to pick a color that is neutral, if possible, and not one that overwhelms the colors in the art. Try to pick one of the predominant colors in the art, if you can.

For the frame, try again to choose a color that goes with the colors in your room as well as with the art. I know it’s a lot to think about, but this app will help you out with the use of all of its options. You will know when you hit on the right combination, I promise!
And a final word of advice: Only buy art that you LOVE!

Now here’s my question to you: which matt and frame choice do you like best, #1 or#2? Why? Let me know in your comments!

6 thoughts on “How to Pick the Right Work of Art for Your Space

  1. Ryan Hale

    Jan, you are so very talented. I’m building a house and would love for you to help me make it look beautiful with a piece you do. I’ll come talk to you about it this week.


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