Art has the ability to transform your living space, imbuing it with style and character. It can give you the power to recreate or reconstruct your identity – in a manner of speaking – and can be highly evocative depending on how you choose wall art.

When you select art for your interior, it’s not just about aesthetic, it’s also a reflection of your personality and taste.

Whether you’re an extrovert who loves vibrant, bold artwork or an introvert who prefers more reserved, introspective works, there are artists and art to be found that resonates perfectly with your personality.

In this blog post, we’ll explore how to choose art that expresses your individuality and enhances your home and living space.

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Knowing who you are: Understanding the many facets of your Personality

The first step in selecting art that matches your personality is to know yourself.

It’s not possible for anyone to be complete in any way and we’re constantly evolving as we grow and age.

But, there are common personality traits that pinpoint a type that you ‘sought of’ resonate with.

It might feel too generic and cliché, but don’t get bogged down with specifics just yet.

Here are some common personality traits and how they might possibly influence your choice of art:

Introvert

Introverts tend to enjoy more reserved and contemplative artwork.

Colours may be more carefully considered and less bold.

Delicate brushstrokes and soft watercolours may be a general preference. But, they may also find that the minimalist aesthetic of sparse white, negative space and minimal content – like drawing or line work – equally resonant.

Generally they may prefer pieces that evoke a sense of calm and introspection, such as serene landscapes, abstract art with muted tones or large-scale, but subtly executed botanical art.

It’s about balance and the overall effect would need to be thoughtful and considered. The effect needs to be an expression of something (subject matter) that is executed with subtlety and modesty.

Frame Art from the Map-Journey Collection; One black and white drawing with wide cream border framed in bronze frame on a brown wall next to a window with white sheer curtain and clear vase with light brown flowers that resemble hydrangeas, placed on a pile of vintage book, resting on a small table covered with a white cloth.
Frame Art: Map-Journey Collection ©Maxi-minimalist.art 2023

Extrovert

Extroverts often gravitate towards bold, vibrant artwork that not only makes a statement, but is a genuine reflection of their fearless nature.

They might choose colourful abstracts, dynamic pop art, or art that reflects their outgoing and energetic nature.

Extroverts could even choose art that is political, subversive or represents an ‘activist’ inclination or set of values.

Analytical

These individuals appreciate art that challenges their intellect and pushes their intellectual boundaries in a way that it either expands what they already know or challenges it.

They may opt for conceptual or thought-provoking pieces that spark intellectual curiosity.

A good and timely example of this would be NFTs and the computationally generated art coming out of this genre.

There are many examples of generative art that is thought-provoking and sometimes quite sterile in its aesthetic. Except, it’s not sterile in its conceptual substance. It might appeal to the more analytical-minded from an aesthetic point of view in that the art is objective and unsentimental, and the focus is on the conceptual nature of the artwork.

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Creative

I find this an almost tricky one to ‘pin’ down as creatives tend not to want to be boxed into one style.

I think the best way to describe this inclination is someone who has an open mind to many aesthetics and ideas, but has a good understanding of how those are defined.

In other words, they know that it is malleable and they can pick what they want from many styles to create their own – a creative experience in and of itself.

So, one could say this borders on offbeat, eclectic, maxi-minimalist and perhaps a couple more.

Wanderluster

I’ve included nature-lovers here as well as those with a constant yearning for travelling and far-away places.

People who have a deep connection with nature and a yearning to live and be in harmony with it will favor art that showcases landscapes, flora, and fauna.

This style of art can evoke a sense of tranquility and connection to the outdoors as well as all things organic and natural.

framed print of pink and black nature inspired art of plant and floral life in natural wood frame on wall
Retro Nouveau Collection | ©Maxi-minimalist.art 2023

Think botanical art, oceanic art, animal art, wilderness art and anything that isn’t manmade.

Romantic

People with flair for a romantic aesthetic may lean towards art that conveys emotive qualities and a romantic or sentimental narrative.

They might be drawn to romantic paintings, figurative art, or pieces that tell a love story.

Minimalist

Minimalists as well as maxi-minimalists appreciate simplicity and clean lines. Though, the difference with the latter is that they balance it out with a bold, colourful and expressive element or two. They often do that with two dimensional wall art or free-standing sculpture.

Monochromatic abstracts or simple geometric designs, on the other hand, are more the aesthetic preference of a minimalist.

Think simple black and white drawings and sparse line work with lots of white space. Conversely, even sparse line work on any solid colour can also be considered minimalist.

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Eclectic

Eclectic individuals have varied tastes and may enjoy mixing different art styles and genres. Their art choices can be a reflection of their multifaceted personality.

Think quirky, offbeat interior decor where you’ll definitely discover a gallery wall filled with collections that tell a story or depict the flamboyance of a personality with lots of anecdotes to tell.

Here you’ll find art that does not conform to any particular aesthetic standard and usually collected based on the collector’s accumulation of experiences and indulgences.

Traditionalist

Traditionalists have a deep appreciation for classic art forms. They may opt for timeless paintings, sculptures, or fine art prints that align with tried and trusted artistic techniques especially with regards to medium and format.

Choosing traditional art certainly does not imply ‘boring’. In fact, having a diverse range of of art styles in your art collection can be wealth-building as well as

charcoal drawing of fruit bowl in clear quartz crystal vase on black archival drawings paper, framed and displayed on wall in home interior
Charcoal Drawing Fruit Bowl | ©Maxi-minimalist.art 2023

Consider the Aesthetic you want to create when you choose wall art

Art has the ability to set the mood and atmosphere of a room.

Think about the kind of ambiance you want to create in your living space:

Relaxing and Calm

If you seek tranquility and relaxation, opt for art that creates an atmosphere of serenity.

Soft colours, soothing landscapes, and abstract pieces with gentle curves can help create a calm and soothing atmosphere. A Boho aesthetic could also be interpreted as relaxing with its earthy, organic and natural textures.

Energetic and Vibrant

To infuse your space with energy and vibrancy, choose art that is bold and colourful.

Abstracts, pop art, and high-contrast photography can all contribute to an energetic ambiance.

Here’s an opportunity to be fearless with colour and choose wall art that is unexpected and evocative.

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Intellectual and Thoughtful

If you’re looking to stimulate intellectual conversations and contemplation, select art with depth and meaning.

Conceptual art, thought-provoking sculptures, and pieces with layered symbolism can encourage thoughtful discussions.

Cozy and Comfortable

Perfect for ‘homebodies’, this aesthetic evokes feelings of warmth and familiarity. Landscape paintings – whether impressionist or expressionist – portraits, and figurative art often evoke a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

This is all about creating a sense of comfort and immaterial luxury.

Innovative and Inspiring

If you’re drawn to innovation and futurism, seek out contemporary and avant-garde art that challenges conventions and inspires creativity.

Perfect for autonomous forward-thinkers, this direction can inspire art choices that could have both functional and artistic merit combined.

This genre is a great example of the intersection of art and design.

Timeless and Classic Minimalism

Minimalist art, with its focus on simplicity and reduction to essentials, often resonates with individuals who prefer clean, uncluttered spaces. Minimalist art can create a sense of calm and order.

These places often have unique and affordable pieces that can serve as focal points for your gallery wall. Keep an open mind and let your imagination run wild as you explore different art styles, textures, and materials.

Allow your life experiences to guide you when you choose wall art

Art that holds personal meaning or tells a story can be more impactful to a viewer. So, keep your personal experiences, interests and values in mind when choosing art.

These are the most popular and obvious life experiences that should make it easy to choose wall art:

Travel Memories

You could search for artwork that reminds you of a memorable trip or travel destination. It can bring a sense of wanderlust and adventure to your space, especially in times when you are unable to travel.

This could be especially powerful if it involves a romance or a wedding destination.

Family and Portraits

Add a sentimental and nostalgic touch to your living space or gallery wall with commissioned family portraits, whether traditional art or photography.

If you want to be more spontaneous – which is very much dependent on your personality more than your mood – you could use casual, unstyled photos or sketches of your loved and frame it to create an offbeat or Bohemian aesthetic.

Bear in mind that an offbeat aesthetic can also be considered quite fearless, in a more lighthearted and casual way because it’s perceived as unconventional and highly individualistic.

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Hobbies and Interests

It’s easy to channel the love you have for your hobbies and passions though art.

Whether you’re making art or buying it, think of how natural it would be to seek out art that reflects your passion for example for food, walking in nature, children, botany, etc. These are just a few examples, but you get the idea.

I’m sure you can think of art that relates to your particular hobbies and passions. This is an easy strategy for choosing wall art especially if the others don’t appeal to you.

Quotes and Typography

These are still very popular as a wall art option, particularly because you can buy so many of it as digital downloads or printables.

Art featuring inspirational quotes, meaningful phrases, or bold typography – think slogan design – that resonates with you can serve as a source of motivation and inspiration.

It also adds a very contemporary design aesthetic to a gallery wall.

Space and installation are key considerations

Practical aspects are sometimes the last things we think about when buying art.

It’s quite normal to get caught up in the excitement of investing or ‘shiny object syndrome’ that we assume the physical installation will be figured out after the sale is made.

Here are a few general factors to consider. The reason these seemingly generic, practical aspects are listed in this particular article is that some nuances might work with your personality or against it.

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Size and Scale

This can be an interesting characteristic to play with. Art does not need to conform to frames and canvas blocks only.

It can be transferred to walls as a mural or large-scale weaving or tapestry.

While oversized art can dominate an interior, if you are bold, extroverted or fearless by nature this could be a great way to cultivate a form of self-expression. I find that its quite an underutilised option as interior decor and especially art – for example, a mural is literally wall art.

Color Compatibility

There are two types of wall art you can invest in:

  1. Wall art that is chosen for or part of your interior decor plan.
  2. Wall art that was chosen and bought as standalone pieces which have no relevance to your interior decor scheme. In other words, it was bought as art for art’s sake and to build your collection which exists independently.

If the first option is your choice of wall art, then you must consider how the colours in an artwork might complement or contrast with your existing decor, specifically its colour scheme.

When displaying your independent art collection in your living space, you don’t really need to consider too much in terms of colour and other interior design principles. But, you will instinctively be conscious of whether the colour content in your artworks are either complimented or overpowered by your decor.

Either way, creating a visual balance in your living space between art and decor is a key consideration.

Framing and Presentation

We all know that framing can get really expensive, especially if you’re having it done by the professionals. The truth is that it can significantly impact the overall effect of you art and it makes a difference when you’ve invested a lot of money into purchasing it.

So, choose frames and matting – matting makes an artwork look more valuable and makes the artwork more of a focal point – that enhance the artwork without overpowering it.

Lighting

Art lighting is essential for showcasing art, though you don’t have to purchase these to display art, but I find that it really does justice to a gallery wall.

Art is an investment and you should preserve and cherish that in ways that add to the appreciation of it, not only in monetary terms.

Consider the placement of lighting fixtures to ensure that the art is well-lit and its details are visible.

Mix and Match Artwork

Don’t get stuck on a single style or genre. Mixing and matching different pieces of art can add depth and complexity to your living space.

Eclectic combinations create visual interest and reflect the multifaceted nature of your personality.

Experiment with arranging art in clusters, galleries, or even a salon-style display to create a curated and personalised look.

Seek Guidance and Expertise

Choosing art for your living environment can be a deeply personal and sometimes challenging endeavour.

If you’re unsure about your direction, forge relationships with art consultants, interior designers, or gallery curators to ask for guidance.

They are usually quite willing to give advice, especially if you show you are a keen art investor (buyer).

Curators and gallerists can provide valuable insights and make recommendations if you’re willing to openly share details about what you like on a deeper personal level ie. how you perceive your tastes and aesthetics as a collector and of your living environment.

Conclusion

Selecting art for your interior based on your personality is a meaningful and rewarding process.

By understanding who you are as a person, what you like and what your don’t like, how you see your interests and taste evolve, you can curate a collection that not only enhances your life but also reflects the essence of your personality.

Art is a form of self-expression, whether your are an artist or a collector.

It can make your interior a true reflection of your passion and allow you the opportunity to make commentary on the world around through your art choices.

When selecting and ultimately buying art, let your chosen art pieces speak to your soul and that authenticity will reflect outwardly in your collection and express your unique personality.

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Wall Decor Ideas – how to look after your art investment

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