types of paintings

Paintings You Should Consider for Your Home

When it comes to decorating your home with beautiful art, there are tons of different options that can bring your space to life. 

Paintings are especially dynamic and diverse in their ability to enliven a room in a way that speaks to you. 

There are tons of paintings out there. How should you know where to start? 

In this article, we’re going to take you through 6 types of paintings that you should consider to hang on the wall in your home, so that you can be confident you’ve found the right art piece for you. 

It’s time to get decorating!

Abstract Paintings 

Abstract art is a staple in homes around the world. 

Abstract paintings do not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of visual reality. Instead, they use shapes, colors, form techniques and gestural marks to resonate with the viewer. 

These types of paintings are perfect for the home in that they make a powerful statement without any explicit message. 

With abstract art, every guest that enters your home will feel something different. It’s likely that your own perspective will shift through time, as well, making an abstract painting a decoration that keeps on reinventing itself. 

Oil Paintings 

Oil paintings fuse tone and color for opaque, transparent, and translucent pieces of art that are unsurpassed for textural variation. 

This style of painting is ancient, first created by Buddhist artists in Afghanistan in the 7th century, before Europenas discovered how to bind pigments in oil by the 12th century. 

Oil paintings deliver a depth and mood that not many other styles can deliver. If you’re looking for a centerpiece artwork that can control a room, an oil painting is a great bet. 

Realist Paintings 

Some of the world’s most famous paintings are made through a realist approach. 

Take American Gothic or Mona Lisa—these classics attempt to truthfully represent subject matter without artificiality or speculative fiction. 

Realism is powerful in that—well—it’s just so real. A great realist painting can remind you of the brevity of life, and bring an air of certainty into your home. 

Not much for abstractions and interpretations? Realism might be the painting style for you. 

Surrealist Paintings 

Championed by artists like Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Pablo Picasso, surrealist paintings use juxtaposition and uncommon imagery to access the sublime. 

Everything about surrealist art is irrational. But when a piece of surrealist artwork is truly thought out, it somehow seems to make awful, perfect sense. 

Surrealist paintings tend to project powerful energy into a space and dictate the mood of the room. It’s easy to get lost in surrealist paintings, transporting your mind to a deeper world that speaks to something greater. 

Expressionist Paintings 

Expressionism is a style of painting that seeks to express an emotional experience rather than impressions of the external world. 

Expressionist paintings evoke deep feelings. They bring a powerful energy field into your home, speaking directly to your core being. 

Creative spaces and gathering areas are perfect places in your home to take an expressionist approach to decorating. 

These artworks will evoke passion from both you and your guests. It’s not often that a piece of artwork asks you to look inward, but for paintings that truly speak to you, it can be a beautiful experience. 

Pop Art 

Pop art challenges traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular and mass culture. 

Advertising, comic books, and mundane mass-produced cultural objects are all on the table (or should we say—on the canvas). 

In many cases, pop art seeks to make a critical statement, opening the viewers eyes to the cultural moment in which we find ourselves. 

Pop art is great for the hallways of your home, or spaces that seek to project fantastical energy. This style is also great for building a themed approach: whether it be Hollywood, a certain niche of advertising, or your favorite comics. 

Conclusions 

Paintings are designed to make you feel something. 

In fact, the right painting can change your life forever. It can teach you to live more fully, and change your perspective as its presence resonates in your home. 

Discovering mesmerizing artworks should be fun. 

At Gallerima, we’ve stocked our online art catalogue with all different styles, so that you can discover the piece that speaks to you

Let the power of original artwork enliven your home. Whether you are most drawn to oil paintings or abstract paintings, surrealism or expressionism, you can find outstanding art online for your home. 
Check out some of the best art from artists across the world today, and start building the artistic vision of your home!