Choosing the Perfect Oil Painting for Your Home or Office

Choosing the Perfect Oil Painting
The painting featured in this photo is titled “The Large White Dog” by Teresa Bernard.

Are you looking for some oil paintings to adorn the walls in your home, workspace, or corporate office? Before heading out the door to find that fabulous canvas art to accent your décor, there are a few things you will need to consider first. Here are some tips on choosing the perfect oil painting for your home or office.

5 Tips on Choosing the Perfect Oil Painting for Your Home or Office

Tip #1. Size

The first thing that needs to be considered in choosing the perfect oil painting is the size of the space where your artwork will be displayed. This can be done by taking measurements of the wall space or area. If it is a large area, you will want a larger size painting; a smaller area requires a smaller one. This is an important step that should not be neglected. If you purchase a painting and it doesn’t fit in the space, you will be unhappy with your selection. Too small, and the painting look lost and out of place in all that empty wall space. Too large, and the painting will appear crowded in the space or won’t even fit the space at all. Hence, it is a good idea to measure your wall space before shopping for a painting.

Tip #2. Color

The color scheme in your home or office needs to be considered as well. Your painting should complement the colors in the room unless you are going for harsh contrasts. You might not be happy if the colors in your new painting clash with your sofa instead of complimenting it. Also, keep in mind that colors play an essential role in setting moods. Choose calming colors, such as light blues and greens, for bedrooms and areas where relaxation is essential. Bold colors work well in rooms and spaces where conversation and entertainment take place.

Tip #3. Style

The next thing to consider is the style of your décor. Is it contemporary, traditional, or a combination of both? Why not mix and match? Not everything in your home needs to match or be the same. Think about mixing up patterns, textures, and even eras. If your home is an older home with traditional décor, a piece of modern art might look great! And the same goes for a vintage-style painting in a contemporary setting. Remember to have fun; at the end of the day, all that matters is that you love it.

Tip #4. Subject

Next, think about what types of subject matter interest you in a painting. Still life, landscapes, seascapes, or wildlife? Paintings of faraway places or local hangouts? People perhaps. Art can be a great conversation starter between you and visitors. You can choose a painting that is different or makes a bold statement. It can be fun to see what type of reaction your family and visitors will have upon seeing the painting for the first time.

Tip #5. Purpose

Make sure you buy something you love. Take your time to decide what it is you like in a piece of art. What type of paintings are you naturally drawn to? Is it a particular style, artist, or period? Browsing through galleries, museums, art books, and websites will help you to decide. This will be necessary to know if you are considering buying art as an investment. Keep in mind that paintings will take a long time to go up in value, so it is best to buy a painting because you love it rather than waiting for it to be worth a lot of money someday.

Once you have something in mind, you will be able to find just the right oil painting to suit your needs and bring you and your family years of enjoyment.

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UPDATED: 03 June 2021

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Common Paint Media Used By Artists

common Paint MediaAn artistic medium is the painting material used by artists to create their art. (The plural of medium is media.) An artist may use “oil on canvas” or “tempera on wood,” etc., to compose a painting. Each item used in the creation of the painting is media. In this article, however, we are only going to look at paint as a medium. There are four common paint media used by artists: acrylics, oils, tempera, and watercolor.


Acrylic paint is a man-made, water-soluble paint containing pigment suspension in acrylic polymer emulsion. Even though they are water-soluble, acrylics become water-resistant after they have dried. Depending on how thickly the paint is applied to canvas, an acrylic painting can resemble a watercolor or an oil painting. Clean-up involves using soap and water. Acrylic paints are popular with many painters because of their fast-drying qualities.

    • Binder: acrylic polymer
    • Vehicle (solvent): water
    • Ground: prepared (gesso) or raw canvas, paper, wood, glass, etc.
    • Dries fast/permanent
    • Opaque/translucent/transparent
    • Versatile media – can be applied to almost any surface and may mimic oil, tempera, and watercolor paints.


Oil paint is a type of slow-drying paint containing ground pigment (color) suspended in a natural drying oil (binder), commonly linseed oil. However, the binder can also be walnut oil, poppyseed oil, or other oils from plants. The artist uses turpentine or mineral spirits for cleaning oil paint from brushes. Oil paint has been the dominant medium since the 1500s. The richness and glow that oil gives to the color pigments make oil paint a popular choice with many painters.

    • Binder: linseed oil
    • Vehicle (solvent): turpentine, mineral spirits
    • Ground: prepared canvas, paper, wood
    • Dries slow/permanent
    • Opaque/translucent/transparent
    • Versatile media


Tempera (also called egg tempera) paint is a permanent, fast-drying painting medium consisting of colored pigment mixed with egg yolk and water. Because egg tempera dries so quickly, painting with it requires the painting to be worked section by section. Clean up with soap and water. Egg tempera painting was the primary method of applying paint to panels until after 1500 when the invention of oil painting superseded it. Tempera paintings are very long-lasting, and colors do not deteriorate over time.

    • Binder: gum Arabic and water
    • Vehicle (solvent): water
    • Ground: paper, prepared wood panel
    • Dries fast/water-soluble
    • Opaque
    • Dry, matte surface
    • Egg Tempera: egg yoke can be added to make it enamel-like and permanent


Watercolor is a water-based painting compound that can be either transparent or opaque. The pigment is suspended in a binder, generally natural gum arabic. It is a moist paint that comes in a tube, thinned using water, and mixed on a dish or palette. Use them on paper and other absorbent surfaces that have been primed to accept water-based paint. Use soap and water for easy cleanup.

    • Binder: gum arabic and water
    • Vehicle (solvent): water
    • Ground: paper
    • Dries fast/water-soluble
    • Transparent to translucent

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