Artwork is a very important element of any home decor. It adds a human and aesthetic touch that can tie the other elements of the room together and make it extraordinary. It’s unfortunate, however, that most people leave the artwork as the last step in the decorating process.
If the selection of artwork is left as the last step, it can be very difficult to find. I often talk to people who spend years trying to find the right piece that will fit with the colors and designs already in place.
As a result of this, fifty percent of my artwork sales are custom pieces. A client will first pick a piece they like from my collection; and then send me fabric or paint swatches to match. I will also custom size the piece to fit precisely in the intended location in the home. This works out well, but it would be better to do it the other way around.
Ideally, one would be looking at artwork at the beginning of the design process. Unfortunately, many people are already overwhelmed by the process at the very start and can’t even think about one more thing. Buying a new home, condo, or even re-decorating and be a huge endeavor. However, if one can take into consideration the artwork from the start, they are more likely to get an extraordinary result of which they can be proud and enjoy every day.
Some of my clients will design their home or room around a particular piece of my artwork. They will request color swatches that I can provide from the artwork from which paint can be mixed to match. It is much easier to color match paint than to go out and find artwork to match the paint.
In conclusion, the next time you decorate, do yourself a favor and consider the artwork at the start of the design process. You may actually find it much easier to pick paint schemes and fabrics when you already have a theme in place based upon the artwork.
Scott J. Menaul • email@example.com • www.menaul-art.com