5 Tips on Choosing an Oil Painting for Your Home or Office

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


Marine still life with boat fenders“Boat Fenders”
Marine Still life by Teresa Bernard
9″ x 12″
Oils on canvas panel board

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Tip #1. Size — The first thing that needs to be considered is the size of the space where your painting 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 the 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. As such it is a good idea to measure your wall space before even setting out to look for a painting to buy.

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 newly acquired painting doesn’t match your sofa but clashes with it instead. Also keep in mind that colors play an important role in setting moods. Choose calming colors, such as light blues and greens for bedrooms and areas where relaxation is important or deep. 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 just might look great! And the same goes for a vintage style painting in a contemporary setting. Remember to have fun and at the end of the day, as long as you love it that’s all that matters.

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 great conversation starters 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 on buying art as an investment. Keep in mind paintings will take a long to go up in value, so it is best to buy a painting because you love it rather than waiting for it 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 years of enjoyment to you, your family and friends.

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Some Things To Consider When Buying Oil Paintings For Your Home

When you are deciding to buy oil paintings for your main residence or vacation home, there are several things you need to keep in mind as you are making your considerations. Not only on the piece of artwork itself, but also the entire home. Such things as the décor that is currently in place and any other types of art that you already have in the home. This will allow you to give thought to all of the oil paintings you are considering and also help you in determining what pieces will match in the space and which options are going to best fit into the space.


Still Life with Fruit and Candle“Still Life with Fruit and Candle”
Still life by Teresa Bernard
14″ x 11″
Oils on stretched canvas

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Things to keep in mind when deciding which painting to buy for the walls of your home include:

1. The rooms furnishings — The first thing to consider is which room the canvas art will be hung in. If there is very little furniture in the space, choosing an oil painting with brighter and bolder colors will help the room pop and stand out. For a room with heavier amounts of furnishings, something lighter and with a simple or plain design will make for a subtle effect in the space. You must also consider the colors of the walls in the room, in order to ensure things will not clash and that the oil paintings match the space entirely.

2. Subject matter or theme — The next consideration is the subject or theme of the art and paintings. Whether it is something in pastels and lighter colors for a large living or dining room or an expansive landscape style piece for a bedroom or hallway of the home, these are just some of the factors to consider as you are determining what to buy. Of course each home owner will have their own taste and style, but making sure the theme and colors match the surroundings is key when choosing the right oil painting that will fit the space you are attempting to fill with art.

3. Size of the area the artwork will display in — Make sure to measure the spot or area you plan to hang a painting in and take the dimensions with you before heading out to the gallery or artist studio. Once there the gallery attendant will be able to further assist you with the painting selection that just right for the area you intend to display the artwork in. Depending on the size of the room and what other art or pieces of décor are already present in the space, making sure the oil paintings are not too large (or too small for extremely large spaces) has to be determined prior to the purchase. Another tip is marking the walls in the space before making your purchase ensures it will properly fit the space.


painting with covered wagon“Covered Wagon on The Prairie”
Western landscape by Teresa Bernard
20″ x 16″
Oils on stretched canvas

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4. Type of painting material — A final tip when buying oil paintings for your home is to choose the type of material that best fits the space. Whether you choose art that has been done on canvas or purchase a fine art print of the painting that has been printed on paper will depend on your personal preferences, budget, and the overall look of the piece. This is more of a personal choice and will vary based on the space you are placing the artwork in. Prints will need to be framed under glass and that is another consideration too.

When deciding on oil paintings for your home, you should consider these and any other factors which are important to you personally, in order to ensure you find something you will truly love and something that fits well into the space you are displaying the painting in.

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