Abstract art isn’t always tangible as it doesn’t necessarily have an objective reference. The roots of abstract art are found in Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Cubism. These were the trends that helped shape the idea of art as something independent from representation.
In the 20th century it was revolutionary that art like abstraction not only simplified but also created objects without much connection to concrete reality. Today, abstract art is extremely dynamic creation wise and versatile as home decor. It’s created in multiple dimensions, made from various materials on different surfaces and in many sizes.
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Is Abstraction Real Art?
It’s not uncommon for people to devalue abstraction as an art because of its non-conforming and fluid quality. But there lies a skill in making abstract art as it realizes ideas that were previously unknown because they lacked clear definition. Abstract art allows creative perceptions of the world to be expressed. The process of capturing a figure on a canvas without any references to the real world or to interpret an object by testing the boundaries of existing definitions is an art form in itself.
Abstraction is the art that demands intuitive exploration and creative uses of freedom. Not only do abstract artists dive deep into their imagination to create their art, but they also have to use the right techniques to bring it to life. It’s one thing to be imaginative, it’s another to translate those intangible images onto a canvas.
Often, when people view an abstract painting, they find it easier to understand it when they stop trying. Instead, allowing themselves to be confronted by the painting so that it can reach out to them and get its intentions heard. Abstract art is more about the questions than the answers, the goal with abstraction is usually not about being the truth but rather an instrument that helps you discover it.
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Making A Home For Your Abstract Art
If you’ve collected abstract art you’d like to decorate your home with or if you’re interested in knowing the options of decorating with abstraction, there are a few things Gallerima can let you know for yourself without a creative director:
- The power of colour and contrast
One of the most beautiful aspects of abstract art is freedom. Abstraction doesn’t always have a clear direction and this isn’t a bad thing at all – in fact, it gives you more room to experiment. Don’t be afraid to create a strong focal point that can create movement and depth to your space through sharp geometrical shapes or colorful paint. Colorful abstract art can make a stunning contrasting complement to a neutral wall in the kitchen but can also blend in perfectly with a rich backdrop in the living room.
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2. The power of softness and simplicity
- If you feel like colourfully structured abstract paintings are intimidating or just don’t fit into your personal taste – go for the neutral tones or softer forms. There are tons of abstract artists that master minimalism to give your home an effortlessly sophisticated look. It all depends on what mood you want to set for the room – while warm colours with soft brush strokes can give off very romantic energy, a bold black and white painting can give a more solid effect.
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3. Mirror, mirror on the wall
A good rule is to choose a painting that reflects the colours, patterns or forms in your chosen room. When you decorate your space so that the objects and tones in the room are in subtle collaboration with the artwork, you achieve a look that shows balance and intention. This doesn’t mean that everything should be matchy-matchy, but rather that the art should bounce off the rest of the room harmoniously; maybe one painting in your bedroom echoes the pink hues of a vase on the window across from it.
- Your art feels even more at home when it’s displayed in companionship with other pieces. You can play around with the placement as long as they look consistent in frame and size. Feel free to even mix modern pieces with traditional ones in your home. A set of artworks that look different but somehow share a theme can create a very balanced, cohesive and wholesome room decor.
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- The Matter of Size
Play with the scales within a range that you know won’t be overbearing nor underwhelming in the space you’re decorating your art in. If you want to make a decorative statement, it doesn’t automatically mean a bigger painting, sometimes it simply means a powerful motif. In the same way, smaller paintings aren’t necessarily less impactful. Choose what you know is the right size and find the painting that reflects the look of your desire – mild and big, intense and small, big and powerful or colourful and medium etc.
- Location is Key
Another perk of decorating with abstract art is that it’s an unpredictable and creative art form, which helps you to use it in the same way. The obvious choice is usually to hang our art above the bed frame or above the living room couch, but with abstract art, you’re free to tastefully place it somewhere in the kitchen, hallway or in the bathroom. Everything is allowed in the world of abstraction.
If you want to read more about what paintings to consider for your home, how to style specific rooms and what it means to decorate from an artwork’s focal point – you can find it all on Gallerima Magazine. Don’t forget to stay creative and keep safe, until next time!