Whether you’re a painter, a sculptor, a photographer, even a digital artist, we all want to show our best work to the world. But why not start in our own homes? If you’re lucky enough to be an artist with their own house or space, why not build that space around your art and celebrate it for what it is? Aside from being a great conversation starter when you have guests over, it can be a point of pride for you in your home and a way to bring your artistic self and sensibility into your space—like showing a vulnerable side of yourself to others. Here are some ways to get your creative self to the forefront of your house’s interior:
Hang Your Artwork
Don’t be afraid to show off your skills for everyone to see. If you’re a painter, hang up a personal piece of yours on your wall. Suppose you make items like maquettes, figures, scale models, or anything like that. You can put them out for display. If you’re a photographer, you can easily print and frame pictures that you took yourself. It might be easy to pick the pieces you’re proud of or the ones that have the least amount of flaws to you. But sometimes, deliberately choosing pieces that you could have done better or pieces with many flaws and putting them in places where you’ll get to see them every day can help you appreciate their form and their unique beauty more.
Having artwork in your living areas enhances the space, even more so when you put your artwork on that wall. Like mentioned earlier, it’s like putting a very vulnerable piece of you up for display for everyone to see. It can be a daunting yet gratifying experience to display yourself and your artwork like that boldly. But part of being an artist is putting yourself out there, and often, artists have to do that alone. Think of it like this: if you won’t be your own hype man or biggest fan, then who will be?
Design the Room Around Your Artwork
It’s easy to hang up a portrait or put your art on display, but the hard part is getting it to match with the rest of your interior. You might be proud of a particular piece and want to show it off to everyone. But if it clashes with the established colors and theme you’ve got going on in your living room, it might as well not be on display. That’s not to dissuade you from ever putting it on display, of course, but it helps if it complements the rest of the room rather than sticking out like a sore thumb.
Make your art the focal point, the main statement piece of your living area, rather than just another decoration or letting the rest of your furniture drown out your art. Pick colors and patterns that complement the ones in your artwork or contrast nicely to it, making it stand out even more. Use open spaces and subdued colors or patterns to draw the eye naturally towards it, like in a museum. In most cases, a minimalist design benefits artwork the most, as its simplicity and neutral colors make some artwork pop out.
You want your artwork to be an essential part of a room’s design and to have it in a place that is pleasing to the eye and blends well with the rest of your interior without standing out too much—or maybe you want it to stand out. In which case, you can design and optimize your room toward that too.
Don’t be afraid to take it to the exterior too. If you’ve got the artistic urge for it, you can try painting a mural on your walls or installing new sidings to complement your entire home. Show the world that an artist lives and works within your walls. Who knows, when you become famous, you might even be able to sell your house for a fortune.
Design the Perfect Artist’s Studio
Only you know your own needs and wants as an artist best. If you have the liberty to do it, why not go the extra mile and create an artist’s studio in your house, specifically designed to boost your productivity when you’re inside? You can design it to suit your needs perfectly, plus nothing puts your artwork at the forefront of everyone’s minds than showing them your studio. Here, you can show off as much of your artistic spirit as you want while making a clear line between your work and your home. Even though that might be the case, it’s still definitely an extension of your home too, and just one more way to make your house feel more like your own.
Showing off your artistic senses and putting them on display is all about confidence. Don’t be afraid to try new things and put yourself out there for everyone to see. Your work is not always perfect, but the imperfections in the process and the piece itself help people connect to your pieces and make them feel even more authentic.