I don’t think I am the only one that feels completely bewildered and flabbergasted when faced with the prospect of choosing art for my home. It feels like such a momentous decision and a thousand questions pour into my mind: what kind of style, personality, and mood do I want to portray? What does this piece mean to me? Will it clash with the colors in my [insert room here]? Will it brighten or darken the room? Oh my GOD, what will people think?!
The Rorschach Test: I see a battle between Id and Ego! Image via Out and About Africa.
It’s a constant battle between aesthetic and logic, the id and the ego, that goes something like this:
my id: I love it, I love it, I love it! What pretty colors! What perfect lines! What amazing serenity! It makes me smile, it makes me happy – I want it, I want it, I WANT it!
my ego: Just you wait a minute crazy id, don’t go getting ahead of yourself. Your happiness isn’t everything. Think if the cost factor – it’s way too expensive (for an oversized canvas print). And more importantly, think of the WEIRD factor. What will people REALLY think if you have a giant photograph of a horse head in your living room – you don’t even ride horses!
Image via Etsy.
my id: yeah, but…
my ego: Don’t give me any buts. Haven’t you heard of that thing called patience? It’s a virtue, you know. One day you’ll find something that fits ALL of your criteria – the PERFECT painting. Kind of like the perfect man…
my id: but, um…
my ego: I don’t want to hear it anymore!
my id: *sigh*….Okay….(as it stomps away into the recesses of my mind)
And there you have it folks.
Art is indeed a very personal and intimate thing, and the art you have in your home should somehow reflect this. But finding that art shouldn’t be paralyzing, it should be fun, it should be playful, and sometimes, it actually shouldn’t make sense. If an artwork speaks to you, if it touches your soul in a deep and unexplainable way, that’s a good thing. Buy it and hang it with pride. Kind of like these folks:
Via Design Sponge.
Via Lonny Mag.
Via Dust Jacket Attic.
I love how just a few pieces of art can create such bold and powerful focal point.
Next time I find myself gravitating towards an artwork, I’m not going to let my ego get the better of me!