At Rooms With Style, our team knows that using artwork to highlight the features of a space is integral to the home staging process. Artwork has the ability to define a space by giving it a sense of style and character. Decorating with it transforms a room by adding color, texture and warmth, which makes it feel inviting to potential homebuyers. Our team is excited to share ideas on how to beautifully display artwork to the benefit and enjoyment of homeowners and potential homebuyers alike.

The correct artwork really matters in home staging. Artwork that goes against the overall aesthetic of the home can work against it, making a space feel too overwhelming or chaotic. For example, picking pieces that are too bold in a classically styled space, or artwork too large in a small space, will work against your home aesthetic. Choosing the right artwork to enhance and highlight your home is critical. There are a few factors that are important to keep in mind as you choose the correct pieces for your home.

The wall art above this bed is well thought out; it spans the width of the headboard and its colors coordinate with the room which enhance this tranquil space. Source: Kylie M Interiors

You can use artwork to emphasize your home’s greatest features. Think about the architectural elements of your home. Bring attention to the grand lofted ceilings in your entryway by choosing artwork with height or a series of two to three coordinating, stacked art pieces to draw the eye upwards. To spotlight a home’s fireplace, choose a large art piece or mirror to adorn the mantle. Doing so will make this beautiful architectural feature shine.

Two tall mirrors bring the eye upwards and showcase the beautiful architectural elements in this entry way. Source: Jane At Home Blog

When choosing artwork for you home, you must consider the color, size and style of the pieces. Artwork in the right colors can really enhance a space. Think about the current colors in your home or the colors you plan to incorporate into your home. If your home has a neutral color palette, you should tend towards pieces that will compliment and reinforce this palette.

The colors in this wall art coordinate with the color of the cabinetry and appliances in this kitchen to create a thoughtful and cohesive look. Source: DĂ©corPad.com

When it comes to artwork the size makes a difference as well. Pieces that are too large can overwhelm a space, and artwork that is too small can get lost in a room. In terms of staging, a general rule is that abstract art works well in most spaces. Picking something too modern, or with very bold colors can overwhelm a space, stealing the attention of a potential homebuyer.

When it’s time to hang your artwork, the right height, arrangement and placement will make your artwork shine. The general rule of thumb is to hang your art 60-62 inches from the floor to the center of the piece. If you are stacking pieces vertically, the center of the combined pieces should be 60-62 inches from the floor. Groupings of artwork should be hung with just 1-3 inches between each piece. Other interesting arrangements you can use for your art include a grid design or a gallery wall. You can incorporate other accents to your gallery wall such as sconces, mirrors or other sculptural elements. Try featuring a single piece of artwork by mounting a picture light above it.

This set of three pieces looks great spanning 2/3 the width of the couch. Two sconces add light and
additional interest and color to this large wall. Source: The DIY Playbook Blog

When thinking about placement of artwork, consider the other large elements in the room. A wide sofa is perfect for a set of two or three pieces that span the wall behind it. A single large piece looks great at the head of a dining table or above a bed. Artwork hung in the corner of a room next to an arm chair and a floor lamp can complete a cozy vignette in your home. Art above furniture can be hung 4-6 inches above the piece and should span 2/3 the width of the furniture.

The artwork in this sitting area matches the modern lines and color of the lamp, and its stacked
arrangement adds height to the space. Source: Country Girl Home Blog

Artwork really does matter when it comes to home styling and home staging. Our team at Rooms With Style loves to pick the right pieces that will showcase and enhance the beauty of your home. Beyond our staging services to help sell your home, we also we also offer design consultations. We would love to help you bring the vision that you have for your home to life. Reach out to us via our website or social media to connect with us today; we would love to help you highlight the best your home has to offer.

Author: Marla Carlson, RWS Guest Blogger
Written By

Kelly Zabel is an award-winning stager, recognized nationally by the Real Estate Staging Association in 2023, 2021 and 2020. Whether new construction, remodeled, or in its original beauty, Kelly knows how difficult it is for potential buyers to imagine a home when viewing a vacant property. She loves taking an empty room, filling it with personality and comfort, and showcasing how homeowners could actually live in that space. Her natural eye for layout and design helps highlight the potential of any space.

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