How to choose the right artwork for your living room

The living room is the heart of any home; it is where we relax after a long day, and where we socialise with friends and family.

However, what is it that makes a living room the welcoming, relaxing and comforting space we want to spend time in? While there are many elements that combine to create your desired atmosphere, it is undeniable that art is what truly ties a room together.

The Benefits of displaying Art in your Living Room

Art is one of the most visceral elements you can introduce into your home. It is not only a powerful form of expression for the artists who create it but also for those choosing artwork for their living room. In the words of the celebrated artist Yaacov Agam, ‘There are two distinct languages. There is the verbal, which separates people… and there is the visual, that is understood by everybody’. Great art is for everyone and facilitates the expression of people’s personalities, emotions, hopes, dreams, philosophies and so much more in a unique and often beautiful way. It can help to open up and even encourage dialogues to share these thoughts and feelings that under normal circumstances, they may be more hesitant to share.

Art benefits our lives in so many ways, offering so much more than just aesthetic beauty. It allows us to take a moment from our everyday life, to reflect and pause, considering more than what we are doing in the present. Both children and adults can benefit from these rare moments of introspection, allowing us to consider new ideas, experience fresh perspectives and let the mind wander. Art can help to teach children and adults alike how to be creative and have fun.

Overall, displaying art in your living room will have an undoubtedly positive effect by improving your quality of life and helping to personalise your space in a unique and beautiful way. A living room should never have bare walls and art can help to transform a dull and cold space into one that is characterful and engaging.

How to Choose Artwork for your living room

Choosing artwork for your living room can be difficult and with so much gorgeous art on offer it can be hard to know where to start. The living room is a largely convivial space that can often seem daunting to decorate as it is often the most used room in the house. However, in choosing the right artwork, your space can be transformed into a haven which reflects your personal tastes and values.

Your living room is one of the most social spaces in your home, it is where you will spend the most time with family and entertaining guests which is something you will also need to consider when choosing artwork. That being said, the most important factor when choosing artwork for your living room is to look for pieces that stand out to you. Artwork that speaks to you, makes you think and feel something is always a good place to start. You will inevitably look at this piece every day when walking into your living room so it is important that you choose something that you are excited to view rather than something you think will attract the gratification of others. Great art is timeless and if you choose a piece that is reflective of you, evokes emotion and brings you joy to look at then it will fit perfectly into your home.

The second consideration after what speaks to you is noting the colour palette in your space and if a work of art will compliment, balance and harmonise your living room. It is important to note the colour and textures in a piece and decide whether it will clash with your décor or help to accentuate the space. Effective artwork does not have to use bright colours, it can consist of a more neutral colour palette whilst still being able to evoke a range of emotions whilst creating a cosy and welcoming atmosphere in your home.

Looking for artwork for your living room?

Toni Thornton Art is proud to offer a wide range of artwork which utilise a more neutral and subtle approach to colour, allowing the abstraction of the pieces to bring your home to life rather than overpower your space. There are a range of original pieces and giclee prints to choose from which can compliment almost any space’s colour palette.

Toni Thornton has worked with many clients to create original, beautiful and unique modern pieces that cater to your space. Artwork is available in a range of sizes with various tray framing options to suit the interior you are working with.

If you are interested in any of Toni Thornton Art’s Fine Art Giclee prints, original paintings or cushion covers to complete your cosy decor please feel free to get in touch today via the form on the contact page or contact the artist directly on 01977 809048. Our bespoke order books are currently closed due to the volume of work we have in the studio at present. Any work on our website is still available to order. For all other urgent enquiries please email where our studio assistant Meg will be able to assist you. Thank you.


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