Refresh Your Home for the New Year with Wall Art

Instead of choosing a typical, hard to stick-to New Year’s resolution for 2016–losing weight, getting fit, earning more money–we’d like to suggest something a little more fun, and with potential to impact your life every bit as positively as your self-improvement goals: making your home a true reflection of you, and a place you love to spend time. Not only will having a beautiful home boost your mood on a daily basis, it might even help you save money (a great New Year’s goal!), since you won’t be dying to leave your dated, ugly space all the time.

According to Feng Shui, one statement piece is better than a gallery wall. Image via One King's Lane.
According to Feng Shui, one statement piece is better than a gallery wall. Image via One King’s Lane.

If you’re on board, consider your first step re-evaluating the wall art your currently have hanging up, and then putting the below tips to the test.

Vow to eliminate bare walls. Bare walls are for hospital rooms and asylums, and they’ll give your home a similar institutional feel that’s anything but warm and welcoming. If you’ve been procrastinating because you can’t figure out how to hang your art, hire some help. Or, if expenses are the case, take to Pinterest, where you’ll find thousands (maybe tens of thousands) of DIY wall art on the cheap.

Consider a Feng Shui overhaul. If your walls are currently occupied with paintings, photos, and mirrors galore but something still feels off, try re-arranging them according to the principles of Feng Shui. For example: the wall art in each space should reflect its usage. Which means your energetic, brightly colored works might be better suited for entertaining spaces, while soft, soothing pieces will work perfectly in the bedroom. Another idea: try cleaning up your gallery walls. Feng shui considers clutter a no-no and balance to be key, so rearrange your art so that there’s an equal ratio of art to wall space.

Make room for what you love. Just because you bought a piece of art at some point in your life doesn’t mean you have to hang it. The only things on your walls should be things you truly love to look at, and that are a reflection of your style and the style of your decor. If you’re over a piece you have hanging up, give yourself permission to toss it, sell it, or replace it with something else. Life’s too short for ugly art!