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All Art

Expressing yourself is important. It’s the essence of virtually everything around you from the clothes you like to wear to the color of your smartphone case. Fashion statements tell other people something about you and also remind you of what makes you unique. That’s also true when decorating a home. At Pottery Barn, we want you to feel free to create your perfect spaces. All art gives you the tools to do just that. With a huge variety of styles to choose from, discovering pieces that get you excited isn’t hard, so consider some different possibilities.


First of all, what can actually be defined as art? Well, you’re the only one who can answer that question, which is the true beauty of art. You can decorate your living room, dining room, bathroom and other spaces with anything that you feel adds color, texture or emotion to the room. That includes traditional artwork like paintings, prints and photography. However, there are many sculptural pieces that transform a space just as well. Geometric wall art, wood carvings, tapestries, tiles, old maps and even raw pieces of metal can express your design vision.


Adding art gives spaces a layered look that feels more complete. Just like any accent piece, artwork is a useful tool you can use to draw visitors’ attention to specific areas of the room. It’s a nice way to introduce extra pops of color too. Art also plays a big part in telling the story of your inspirations for the space. It gives people a good idea of why you chose the couch or light fixture that you did.


In small spaces, artwork is worth its weight in gold. It maximizes the amount of color and excitement you can put into a room while taking up a minimum amount of floor area. It removes any creative limitations. In fact, a cozy apartment can be just as stylish and expressive as a large two-story home. Just like a gourmet meal, the beauty is not so much in the size of the portions as in the way they are plated. Have fun with art no matter how much space with which you have to work. The same thing goes for an intimate bedroom.


When trying to decide how to choose the art that’s right for each room, don’t worry about following some guide or specific set of instructions. Since amazing art is designed to reflect your personality, just look for pieces that you love. If it gets you excited now, it will have the same effect when hanging from your living room accent wall or above your bed.


Another thing you can ask yourself when picking out artwork is what purpose you have in mind for it. If you are looking for something big and bold to grab people’s attention when they walk into your living room or simply want something with a certain tone to complement an elegant rug. The answer to those questions and more will help point you in the right direction.


Art has a strong effect on the room’s ambience as well. It can give your bedroom a touch of romance, add some modern flair to the living room or even transport your dinner guests back in time to the 1920s. Artwork can be bright and airy, relaxing, energetic, exotic, traditional or just about any backdrop you want.


There are no hard and fast rules to know when positioning art in your home, especially since each space has a distinct size and distribution. Many people like to place bold art on the room’s accent wall. In a living room, that’s often above the couch or fireplace. In a bedroom, above the bed is ideal. However, there are many exceptions, so if you feel it looks better on another wall, go for it.


A suggestion that helps you to visualize your layout beforehand is to cut out brown paper mock-ups with the same size as your artwork. Affix it to the wall with painter’s tape so it’s easy to remove afterward. This is especially useful if you want to create a grouping with several different frame sizes.