Eclectic Artwork in your home

INSIDE : Learn three tips on how to mix and match art for that perfect eclectic artwork in your home look. No longer should all your wall decor match perfectly, bring in a little personality.

Mix and Match artwork

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This post has been updated since it’s original October 2018 publish date.

Today’s post is sponsored by Minted.  All opinions are 100% mine.  

When it comes to picking and displaying artwork in your home, many people can feel paralyzed.  We know adding in art brings a warm finishing touch to the space, but how do you know what art to pick?

There are so many colors, patterns and styles to mix together that it often can be overwhelming.  Today I am sharing my tips on How to Mix and Match Artwork in your home.

Recognizing your room’s style

The first thing to tackle when you are looking to mix and match artwork in your home is what style is the room that you will be adding the art to?

The feel I wanted my dining room to have was an Eclectic Modern Southwest vibe (that’s a mouthful – ha).  My nearby living room leans more towards neutrals, so my dining room was a great opportunity to still speak to those same neutral colors but turn up the excitement a bit.  And I knew I could do that with the art I choose.

I loved how this Hawaiian Reef painting although an abstract of water still evokes an organic landscape feel, which ties into my Modern Southwest feeling for the room.

Every room in your home should tell a story or give off a mood.  Once you have nailed down the feel of the room, you can start to think of words that would describe it.  Is it exciting and colorful, or calm and moody?  Putting words to the room, will help you later on as you start looking at art.

Also, having more than one word to describe your space is helpful because you can mix different styles of art on a wall, if they both have a similar mood or style that is linking them together.

Choose a connecting element for your room

The second thing to consider when you are looking to mix and match artwork in your home is what do you want the connecting element to be?

There can be many different ways to connect your art.  You can select artwork that is all the same color palette, uses similar patterns, is made of the same material, or even just of a similar subject matter.  And the best thing is, this is YOUR home and you get to decided!

  • similar color palette
  • similar patterns
  • similar materials
  • similar subject matter
How to Mix and Match artwork in your home! Delineate Your Dwelling

For my dining room, I knew I wanted my art to pull in color from my new rug.  So, I was keeping my eye open for artwork in pinks, blush, creams and jewel tones.  Another way to do this concept is to use the same color throughout your art.  This creates a very cohesive grouping.

Artwork by Color

I choose to combine the artwork by color and I fell in love with the Amour, the Shubbery and the Hawaiian Reef Wall prints for this very reason.

Did I mention I had a HGTV Magazine Dining Room Feature of this room??!!!!

Artwork patterns

Another simple way to mix and match art is to choose pieces based on patterns. I have always been a fan of bold graphic patterns and mixing in graphic patterns with one more organic pattern can still be very successful.  The key factor in this pairing is that there is some type of pattern in your art.

Artwork Subject Matter

You could also mix and match art in your home by subject matter.  An entire wall or room filled with portraits, maps, calming ocean scenes, sketchy fashion images, etc… is a fun way to group art.  It can really make a bold statement instead of a more “collected” look throughout the house.

It is also the perfect way to display art that is reminiscent of your hobbies, interests, or personal preferences. Nothing gets the point across more than a large art grouping of a similar subject.

Moody Ocean artwork

Does this collection of art make sense in your space?

The third thing to consider when you are looking to mix and match artwork in your home is does this collection of art make sense in your space?

Sometimes you can follow all the above tips for creating a cohesive collection of art and when you step back and look at them all together… something is off.  Maybe one piece just doesn’t belong?

I kept trying to include pieces from Minted with greenery and plants in them because I LOVE plants.  I am very drawn to images of cactus and leaves but when I looked at my overall space, I had three real plants in there and adding plants in my artwork would have just been too much.  So being able to step back and look at your overall room is a very helpful tip.  I removed the plant image that I had put in my Minted cart and replaced it with the Blush Amour piece.  It was the perfect replacement!

Dining Room artwork

Thank you to Minted for providing the artwork in this post.  I love supporting companies that encourage Independent Artists!

Blue/Green Artwork – Hawaiian Reef Abstract 18×24 unframed
Amour Artwork – Amour, Blush 18×24 raw wood frame
Orchid colored Leaves Artwork – Shrubbery, Blush 18×24 raw wood frame

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