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Scout & Nimble: Large Wall Art

Ever venture to a gallery or museum and lust over the largest art in the house? At some point in the gawking process, a sinking feeling rushes over you. You think that it could never work in your home, that there is no way you can have a piece of art that majestic, that bold or that dreamy. But why not?

You may not be able to take home that Pollock, but don’t completely write off large wall art in your home. The intimidation factor is real, we get it. Oversized wall art is typically left to the pros because of pesky measurements and loads of prep work. That’s why we wanted to share our best tips, so you can take the plunge on the biggest pieces guilt-free.

our favorite categories of art

» abstract paintings: This is our No. 1 favorite category. Framed canvases and patterns can light up your walls, or neutral hues and large brush strokes can give your space the calming edge it needs. Choose minimalistic art for consistent relevancy.

» photography: This is our No. 1 favorite category. Framed canvases and patterns can light up your walls, or neutral hues and large brush strokes can give your space the calming edge it needs. Choose minimalistic art for consistent relevancy.

top rooms for big art

» dining room: This typically formal space is the perfect foundation for a large, abstract piece of art to generate conversation and homey vibes. Try cooler tones for a neutral aesthetic, or warmer to complement chic farmhouse feels. We recommend sticking with abstract and bold to easily match table settings and mismatched chairs.

» the entry: Let’s be real, between removing jackets, tossing the keys in the drawer and greeting guests, we spend more time than we think by the door. What better way to jazz up a conversation and set the mood for the home than with a welcoming piece of art? A table with framed art, a tasteful lamp and catch-all bowl is the perfect recipe for an entryway scene.

» the mantel: Be sure your favorite pieces won’t go unnoticed by placing them here. Hang an attention grabber for a more formal setting, or for a laid-back or eclectic vibe, lean your artwork on your mantel instead of hanging. Our top tip for leaning? Select frames in varying sizes and shapes to create depth.

» the bedroom: This intimate, private space should feel like you. Choose what inspires you to relax. That oversized headboard or bed out of budget? Elevate the space with a large piece of artwork hung directly over the bed to frame the room and keep it grounded.

» the living room: If your sofa is against the wall, consider framing it with a large piece of art or a gallery wall. If you’re working with a buttery leather couch or a velvet dream, you can easily choose complimentary colors.

Scout & Nimble is a retail site and blog that aims to make expert design accessible to all. Follow at blog.scoutandnimble.com

Photo courtesy of Redmond Aldrich

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