By Florah MUMBUA
You walk into your bedroom, drop your bags on the floor, sprawl across your bed and relax. Your bedroom is the ultimate personal sanctuary. It should feel comfortable and warm, while providing an outlet for self expression through design. Not only should you feel proud of your most personal living space, you should make it your own.
When it comes to choosing the right décor for your room, you have to remember to select pieces that represent you. Not everyone is an art connoisseur, but if you keep these four things in mind, you might be able to win over even the toughest art critic.
Like all aspects of home decorating, it is best to be prepared. Before you hit the streets for a day of art stalking, grab a tape measure and take notes. Measure the walls you want to decorate, and have a general idea of how you want the art to be laid out.
If you have pieces that you want to buy frames for, measure these too. Nothing is worse than coming home with the perfect find, only to discover it doesn’t fit.
Use your current style
Nothing can kill a great selection of wall art like a horrible style clash. Make sure you take into consideration the overall personality and vibe of your room. Furniture is just the beginning; you want to make sure that your bedding, flooring, paint and room accessories all go well with your latest artistic additions.
If you’re rocking some vintage furniture and a wall full of records, you might want to hit your local music store for some classic concert posters. If you’re wild about nature, you can pick up some landscape pieces at an art gallery or museum.
You don’t have to go too crazy with the theme, however. If you want to mix a bit of retro and modern into your design aesthetic, go ahead. It’s your bedroom!
Getting the mood right
If you are a married couple, you must think of a romantic setting that will brighten your moods when you walk in. Think of romantic art that you love. The secret lies in creativity and thinking out of the box.
For singles, this is the time to think eccentric. Avoid art that will show you are lonely and are craving love and company. Your acquaintances might think you are in desperation if you hang model posters on the wall. Look for art that will show you are proud of your single status.
Finish with great presentation
Make sure you have provided ample space for the artwork you’ve selected. Pick one wall to serve as the focal point, and use it to moderate the rest of the placement. Proper spacing and lighting are also crucial.
Don’t crowd your wall space, or neglect to use natural lighting. Larger pieces should be placed opposite windows to make sure they get the right amount of visibility. If you have several smaller pieces, be sure to space them out across your room, instead of crowding them all in one corner. Make sure that as you hang your wall art, you take a step back to make sure everything is still cohesive.
Your bedroom should represent you. Manipulate the blank space of your walls in your favour. There’s nothing wrong with waiting around for the right piece, but don’t be afraid to play around with several themes and styles before you settle down with one.
Remember, the best pieces of art aren’t the ones that cost thousands of shillings, they’re the ones that mean something special to you.