Ideally, we want our home décor to be a reflection of who we are and also to serve a practical purpose. For many of us, our home is our sanctuary from the rest of the world. It’s a place where we should feel safe and comforted. It makes sense that at least a few of our rooms should be designed to be calming and relaxing. Calming and relaxing doesn’t mean that a room has to be boring, however. There are plenty of ways to make purposeful, meaningful decisions that result in calming wall art.
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Here are four ways to create rooms with calming wall art:
1. Design Around a Theme and a Mood
The first step is to consider what does calm you. It might be as simple as a color. Many people find blue a relaxing color for decoration, but you could also consider cool colors, earthy colors, or pastels. It all depends on what purposefully appeals to you. Your wall color can be the foundation on which you start your art selections.
You may also consider a space that is especially calming for you. Are you a person whose soul sings when they’re at the beach, in the woods, or watching the mountains? Flowers are also a common image but with many different iterations. Nature is an endless source of inspiration, and because so many people find it so, you’ll have many options to choose your calming wall art.
2. Search for Pictures and Paintings with Meaning
Pictures and paintings are a natural place to start when it comes to wall art. Selecting with great intention will help increase the Zen feel of your room. You can do this in a few different ways.
First, you could buy something the traditional way, either online or in a store, but try to focus on how the art makes you feel and how it will fit into the overall room. Try to make it seem like a piece of the puzzle for both yourself and the room. Don’t try and make something fit that doesn’t seem ready for that!
Second, if someone important in your life, including yourself, is an artist, you could either buy something from them or have them make something for you. Then, on top of having something that fits into your theme, you’ll have happy and hopefully relaxing memories of the person who created that for you or of the experience of creating it.
Finally, you can purchase art when you travel to a place that you love. Like the former point, you’ll also have the warming memory of where you were, what you were doing, and who you were with to associate with the artwork.
3. Don’t Be Afraid to Mix and Match
You aren’t restricted to only flat images to put on your walls. You can also think tactically. You could hang soft fabrics, faux fur, tapestries, or weavings. You could consider some paper artwork that has a 3-D dimension to it. In that case, you can bring a couple of your senses into play.
There are many types of lights or light-based decorations that can add some additional softness to a room.
Think of what other materials might also fit in with your previously mentioned theme, especially if you picked something related to nature. There are plenty of artwork pieces that are made from recycled wood or driftwood. If you looked to the ocean for inspiration, you might consider seashells, sand artwork, or beach glass. Feathers or art made from feathers could remind you of nature and evoke a tactical softness. It can be helpful to remember that if you’re seeking a relaxing feel, try to avoid sharp or stark edges and bright colors that clash with other decorations.
If you’re not sure how to mount some of these on a wall, you might find a way of working a shelf into your design and placing some items on it.
4. Think Big – Or Small
Keep in mind that you also have a ton of wall space to play with if you so choose. You don’t have to limit yourself to a single item centered on a wall. However, it is good to ask yourself if a lot of items will feel busy to you or not. If you think it might feel too overwhelming, a more minimalist approach might be a better fit for you.
Nowadays, there are many types of decals or stickers that you can put on your wall and give the illusion of increasing the space.