If you’re in search of the ultimate modern décor, contemporary wall art is the way to go. Wall art can give your home a current upgrade without breaking the bank. Hanging a print in a contemporary style will elevate your space in the blink of an eye. When it comes to affordability and ease, wall art can’t be beat. From abstract brushstrokes to modern minimalism, there are tons of diverse options to suit your individual aesthetic. Modernism encapsulates a wide range of design styles, and we’re going to share our top picks for every interior. Follow our expert tips to give your home a professional touch.
Contemporary Wall Art Styles
Consider the modern “brush stroke” trend, curated by our art director, Tirzah Goodman. These pieces combine minimalism and abstract brush strokes to create a highly versatile piece. The beauty of these prints is that they can match practically any décor.
Contemporary Wall Art: Pro Tips
View an excerpt from our article on how to use abstract wall art in your space:
“Nothing enhances the look of a living area quite like abstract wall art. Abstract artwork represents freedom, and it complements a wide range of interiors. This ultra-creative style of art will add a trendy touch without taking over your home. It’s up to you to choose between a piece with bold colors, or muted neutrals. Ensure that your piece is large enough to act as the focal point of the room, and don’t hesitate to explore crazy, conceptual designs.”
The Best Rooms for Modern Wall Prints
The beauty of modern wall art is that it can easily suit any room. From your bedroom to your living space, contemporary artwork is a great way to refresh your entire home. Consider hanging contemporary art in high-trafficked areas where guests tend to congregate. Your dining room is a great place to experiment with the modern art trend. Hang a large piece of artwork in the center of your dining space to create a dynamic focal point.
Color Palettes for Contemporary Art
Wall art can tie together your current color scheme. Look for a piece of contemporary art that incorporates your preexisting colors. The simplicity of modern art will balance the multi-colored appearance. For an alternative that is equally modern, let your furniture serve as the pop of color and keep your artwork neutral.
Gray Wall Art
Gray is the ultimate contemporary color. Check out this passage from our expert article on how to decorate with gray in a modern space:
“The ultimate use of grey is the understated, modern look. Make grey look effortlessly luxurious by choosing cool grey tones with lustrous finishes. Embrace concrete flooring and metallic accents. Incorporate a touch of industrial-chic, and experiment with silver-toned greys. Paint your walls a deep grey for a truly contemporary look.”
Contemporary Wall Décor: Sizes
When choosing the right print for your space, it’s imperative to select the right size. Read through our guide below on how to choose the right canvas dimensions for your wall:
Your wall art should take about 60% to 75% of the available empty wall space, the portion not covered by moldings or furniture. Measure the height and width of the wall. Now, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. As a result, you will get the range of canvas print sizes to suit the space.
Wall art that you want to hang over furniture, such as a fireplace, a bed or a couch, should be between 2/3 and 3/4 of the furniture’s width. To measure the ideal art size above your furniture, consider this example: If your couch is 6 feet wide, multiply it by 0.66 and 0.75. You need a canvas between 3.96 feet and 4.5 feet wide to fit impressively above the couch.