“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life”:
Words: Tillana Desai
It is Art that adds beauty, serenity and soul to a house. Each painting has its own emotional connect…like an aura that you can feel.
A couple of handful art pieces duly selected for your heavenly abode will not only make your home look more beautiful, but will also add aesthetic value to your life.
When we talk about paintings specifically, they are like a mirror that reflect the character of your soul…and that is why you must personally choose them.
- For those who spend more time at home, paintings with landscapes, fields and mountains are the most ideal.
– For couples, marine life and landscapes are a good choice.
– Party animals can opt for still life like fruit, wine or flowers.
– City landscapes are often associated with fun and relaxation.
Paintings radiate fire, which are conducive in engaging conversations.
A quick guide to selecting the right art for your home:
1. First, pick the right walls. They should be prominent and visible. Also, it is not necessary to have something on each and every wall.
2. Select art that fits the size and shape of the wall. If you have a long horizontal wall, you can pick a long horizontal piece of art. By accentuating the length of the wall, you can make a room look bigger.
3. It’s okay to cover the entire wall! Go big … experiment with the biggest paintings available.
4. Pick the right colours. Light greens and blues are serene colours which are best for rooms meant for rest and relaxation – like a bedroom. Entrances with warmer tones are welcoming.
5. Art work at the entrance or the living room that is deep in colour draw visitors in. You can place them in family rooms also to invite conversations.
6. Mix and match! Contemporary art can look amazing in traditional homes. Traditional art can look amazing in modern homes.
7. Experiment with different textures. You can blend photos, paintings & canvas art and make your living room look bright and colourful.
8. Frames are the main game. Use elaborate, bold frames to define your art. You can top them with yellow spot lights to illuminate the wall.
Tillana is the Sub Editor of Urban Vaastu, and is an avid reader and creative writer. She can be reached at
DR. RAVI RAO
Every object in your house has its own unique energy and a strong influence on the people staying there. Paintings are meant to connect you to your personal life and your culture. One of the best ways of bringing in supporting energies to your home is by adorning it with paintings and sculptures.
Artwork adds an extra spark of elegance to your house and provides you the vibrant energy that you need to have a great day! Although painting preferences may vary from home to home, there are still some basic rules to kept in mind while choosing a painting.
A painting reflects the sanctity and the decorum of a house. It also reflects the mood of the artist who created it. When a painting is being conceptualised, it may reflect the past, present or the future of the creator. While every piece of art has its own value, a few suggestions which are easy to follow will add to the harmony of your abode:
– Abstract paintings, Brown, Black & Dark paintings are not recommended for residential display.
– Exteriors murals, rustic iron, broken statues are not advisable for display inside homes
- Paintings with devastating or disturbing themes can cause health issues in the house
– Sculptures of wrought iron, rustic iron or one’s in a triangular shape or odd shapes are not recommended for residences, they are better for institutions.
“At one of my client’s house abroad, I saw a huge painting with a broken boat going towards the ocean. The painter had set the mood of a sunset – which to me depicts increased expenses. I told him, it looks like your expenditure has gone up and your savings have gone down since the last one year. He immediately said yes, my wife lost her job. A few minutes in to the discussion and he realised that it was just two months after the painting was brought home… sometimes such stunning revelations come to light and that is why I say you must be very careful before you accept paintings – whether it is a free gift or whether you purchase it yourself.”
Sometimes, we tend to get emotionally attached to paintings – which may or may not be good for the energy in the house, in which case you can put them on display outside the house, in the outhouse or at the place where the stay of the natives is very temporary in nature.