I recently repainted my Master Bedroom. That one paint color choice completely changed everything about the room. Not only did I paint a wall, but I moved the furniture (some got moved out, others replaced, others repurposed – read all about that here). It also spurred us on to (finally!) add some artwork to our room. Can you hear those angels singing?!!?!?! As an artist and art-lover this is my favorite part of any room. So even before we painted or moved a thing, I made a mood board to decide what would work best in the room.
Figuring out how to choose art for a room can be very difficult.
Questions to ask when choosing artwork:
1. What color already exist in the room?
(Or if it is a blank slate: what colors do I want to have in the room?)
2. What is the over all feeling I want in this room?
(Serene, lively, relaxing, energetic, ect.)
3. What wall will this be going on?
(To determine size of piece needed.)
4. What other artwork is in the room?
(So things don’t get too matchy-matchy… or too off course from what you have.)
For my master bedroom, I started with my paint color, since I knew the paint color was going to be a deep teal (read all about it here) I decided to use that as my jumping off point for the room. I knew I wanted the feeling to be a relaxing retreat focused on water, so I choose to go with a more monochromatic color scheme as opposed to finding a complimentary color to the teal. This keeps the room calm and uncluttered. So that meant my artwork would need to be teal. Searching for artwork can be SO difficult. I don’t want to have the same artwork as everyone else, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to find quality pieces. Plus, I am super lazy and want my artwork to come framed. I do not like to decide on a piece of art, wait for it to be shipped, go to the framers, wait for it to be framed, and then get it back after weeks. Plus, framers can be really expensive. So I get it, art buying can be a pain in the backside.
My favorite source for beautiful, limited edition pieces: Minted.com. I use them for my Christmas cards too, because they are amazing! I have never received so many compliments on a Christmas card as my 2014 minted Christmas card. People are still telling me how much they loved it. I went to a friend’s the other day and it was on her fridge. Nobody else’s card, just ours…. and we’re not even THAT good of friends! But that’s how much people love the card. Sorry for the tangent, but I think it serves to illustrate how much people love Minted’s items. And here’s why: they are made my real artists. Minted.com has a built a global community of artists – all of the designs and art prints are crowd-sourced. Artists submit their designs to “challenges” and then the community of artists, customers, and wider Minted community votes on the designs submitted. Plus, each artists receives a commission from every order of their designs. By shopping Minted, you’re supporting local or global independent artists with the guarantee of high quality products. Many of you already know that shopping responsibly is one of my main goals: I want to know that my money is going to support people who are old enough to work, are paid a fair wage, and have the freedom to choose their work. (Read: no child labor, no unfair wages, no slavery.) Companies like minted help artists to earn a fair wage by getting their work in front of consumers who otherwise might not find that diamond in the rough (and lemme tell you, the internet and the art world can definitely be considered “rough”!).
I knew I needed two pieces – one for over our bed, on the teal wall; and another large piece to go on a white wall.
These are the pieces I actually considered for my room and even though I really love all these pieces, I am going to add a note after each to tell you why I decided not to get it so you can see how my design process works.
I love this piece because the colors are in-line with what I want and it feel like water, but the husband didn’t love it… so that’s part of the design process.
I keep coming back to this awesome piece. I love the huge open space. But I wanted more of a water feel.
This totally hits the water component, but I am not a huge fan of orange in general and I want to keep things monochromatic, so I had to pass. *sniff sniff*
This is such a rad piece. I love the uniqueness and how it looks like waves, but I need something horizontal over the bed.
This is what we chose for over the bed. We loved the teals and that it was an abstract ocean theme.
So now that we had the piece for over the bed we had to choose the other, larger piece which can be seen from our hallway. We knew this piece would tie the room together, uniting that big teal wall with the rest of the room, so it was important we found something amazing. Here are the pieces we considered:
This one was great, but not as bold as we were looking to go.
Note: The piece over our bed is by Lindsay Megahed too. And to be honest, this is something I love about Minted.com. I was looking specifically for a certain color, in this case teal, and I found myself choosing artwork form the same person (Lindsay) over and over again. I am in the process of designing Ava’s new big girl room and I am again on Minted, looking for artwork … and guess whose artwork keeps speaking to me? Lindsay’s. I didn’t realize it until I kept seeing her name and then searched my favorites on Minted. I have saved 6 of her pieces already. Out of like 30 in my favs, 6 are hers! I may have a little art-crush on her.
This is another artist I LOVE! I have 5 of her prints in my favs on Minted.com right now. I think one is gonna make it into Ava’s room. Just wait… it’s so pretty. But this one – we loved it, but since we already had a water color beach scene over the bed, we decided to go with a different medium, photography:
How cool is this? It is so bold and beautiful. With that bold accent wall, we knew we would need something to anchor the rest of the room, and this large format photograph really does the trick. I love how it look from the hallway (no more boring white wall!) Not only is it a different artistic medium as the water color over the bed, but the dark teal is the perfect compliment (matching, but not matchy-matchy) with the wall color behind the bed.
The room feels tied together and way more put together. There are still curtains and a plant to add (goodbye gross blinds!), but I will say, after all these years, I finally like my bedroom. And I feel like a real grown up to have real “limited edition” prints with certificates of authenticity (yes, Minted is legit guys). And this was Evan’s favorite part:
Minted artwork comes ready to hang. I know this is part of the reason we went without artwork so long. Evan hates to prep art for hanging. But he opened the boxes and praised God when he saw this gloriousness.