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Let’s Talk : Art

For anyone who is planning to deck the wall with Art (photo or painting), the questions to be pondered upon are: what kind of the Art should I put on my wall? How should I choose a good piece of art? What should I pay for the Art? How do I keep the freshness of the look on the wall? I will dwell on each of these questions in a series of four blogs. So lets get started!

While I will make a suggestion as to how to pick the best-feeling Art, I will restrict myself from overstepping on your right to make a choice of the piece of wall to put it on. How would I be able to do that? Choice of the Art has two components: Science and Aesthetics. I will speak about the Science of choosing the Art while leaving the aesthetics to your choice. For instance, I will restrict in suggesting picking a painting with a dark background with portrait look, while I will leave the choice of which persona/portrait to pick.

Broadly the science of picking the Art rests on: the characteristics of the wall, the unsaid purpose of the space and the mood you want to set. I will deal with the characteristics of the wall independently; let’s us for a while talk about the correlation between your chosen piece of Art, the purpose of the space and the mood to set:


Nature of Space – Social or a living space for example, a living room in the house, cafeteria of an office, reception of a hotel or a restaurant.



Mood to Set – Human behavior tends to change when they have eyes upon them. We tend to be more mature, amicable and social when we feel the presence of people around us. You can say the paintings act like a scare crow for humans ;-). More so if you have portrait of someone related to you (that should definitely have us all behave like good boys and girls)!


Nature of Space – A philosophers’ cove for example, a study room at home, research spaces at office, conference rooms at hotels.



Mood to Set – When our eyes fall on any object which is like a puzzle (whether it is Rubik cube, a mind teaser in a book, a knot in a thread) our mind immediately triggers us into talking to ourselves about how to go about solving it. So having an abstract painting in place that requires some cerebral activity should definitely help in increasing concentration and focus.


Nature of Space – A place for dreaming, for example your bedroom at home, creative areas at office, guest room at hotel.


Mood to Set – Dreams take you far and wide, unrestricted. Good scenery is capable of transporting you from here and now to a place where you can dream and let your creative side shine.

Still Life

Nature of Space – A concentration space for example, a TV/ Music room or religious / Meditation space.

still life

Mood to Set – Unlike other formats of paintings inanimate objects do not grab your attention nor do they impose any particular tone for the room so they should ideally be put in a place where they let you focus on exactly what the space in intended for.


Nature of Space – Exterior spaces for examp0le balcony, garden area, porticos or sit outs.

Mood to Set – Memoirs can be art which make you feel at home or remind you of good times at home or family. They give a sense of belonging, remind about the family or about the good times you have had as family.
So after choosing the genre of art which goes well with the mood and space, the next step is to choose a good piece of art. Let’s talk about that some other day :-).

A kind contribution from Subhash Kasturi for Housedelic!