Representing Character Through Wall Decor

Wall decor is an all important aspect of interior decoration. The walls in a house are expanses, empty canvasses that be worked on to completely change the feel and design of a room. Modern Interior designing allows for a mix and match of art forms, art designs, – merging, sometimes, unsuccessfully, the different designs available. Decorating wall space has been around for centuries. The oldest castles boast of the more detailed and skilled paintings, murals and tales of war and conquest depicted by the artisans of the age. It has to mentioned though, that Art has always fluctuated between the high culture, and popular culture and then between utility and show.

Art versus Culture

The art versus culture debate is deeply entrenched in one’s understanding and recognition of the words in themselves. Culture, for one, denotes a mass participation -A way of life or a choice of existence that has happened over time, decided by a group of people. Art is arguably, the representation of that culture, since art requires an inspiration and a starting point. In most art forms, be it paintings – oil paintings, water colors etc, murals, theatre, dance, film – the inspiration is always the milieu, in some form or the other. There we can safely say that one’s choice or art, in a true sense, represents that person’s tastes – which are in turn, influenced by background, culture, exposure etc.

Your soul on the Wall

Most interior designers who design living spaces will interview the residents of that space. It is important to get a sense of the person’s likes and dislikes, so that the designs in the house can, in a way, represent their characters. In the modern world of design there are at least a hundred different types of art to choose from. If you choose to go with the more traditional form of wall art – such as a painting, there are so many genres of paintings to choose from -The older landscaping to the more modern abstract art. What you finally put up on your wall should be something you relate to, something that is soothing to the eyes and relaxing.

Functionalities

The choice of art work depends on which room it is to be placed in. A living room space should typically have decor that is formal yet person. The living room is also the room that a family receives guest in. Therefore, decorating a living room wall should be done with car. The best option would be to keep the wall hangings simple and traditional, matching it with the colors of the draperies and the upholstery. It is important to maintain a sense of symmetry in the room, as symmetry creates a more formal feel. However, there are no hard and fast rules about wall decor. There are people who go completely out with their living room wall decor and still manage to get it right.

An office space would demand a completely different sort of wall decor. It would be better to keep the wall hangings to a minimum in the work space. A simple oil painting or water colored landscape should do. Again, this depends on what sort of office it is. For mainstream offices, the colors should be neutral and the wall decor must not be distracting. An advertising or film office can, on the other hand can afford to be more colorful and artsy.