Art for the New Home
Anticipation of warmer weather, festivities around Easter, more time spent outdoors and of course our spectacular spring fairs - yes, the spring season is well and truly upon us! But what a lot of people don’t realise, is that it’s actually a very common time to pack up and move house – for both renters and those looking to take that big step onto the property ladder. Perhaps due to the better weather (no one wants to move in the rain!) or the lack of long summer holidays getting in the way, estate agents and removal men all report that late spring and early summer prove very popular times of the year to up sticks and move into a new home.
Despite being extremely exciting, moving house is up there with one of the most stressful life changes there is. With this in mind, we’ve been thinking about ways to celebrate or commemorate a housewarming — and what better way to lift the mood, de-stress and cheer up any stressed movers in your life, than giving the gift of art! Read on for some of our favourite picks from our online marketplace to help jazz up and de-stress a new home.
Art to de-stress
As always, we’re big believers in the power of art to change and lift the mood of a room. And with moving often proving a stressful time, giving art with the intention to help soothe stressed movers and calm difficult moments seems the perfect gesture. And in those moments, having a few pieces on the otherwise empty walls can really lift the atmosphere, and help to make a new place feel like home.
How about Felix Aftene’s gorgeous Meditation from Pavot Gallery? With its simple pen and ink style and inspiration drawn from ancient figures, there’s something instantly soothing about this piece. Or, we can’t stop staring at the stunning mountains in Jafar Chalipa’s All Grey, showing with Capital Art London; bound to calm even the most manic of movers!
Sometimes, we rely on art to transport us somewhere else, even if it’s just for a fraction of a second. So, give the gift of getting lost, with a work such as Emma Jackson’s Finland no.20 ‘Wanderlust’, with its brilliant sky blue and vivid brush-strokes that you can really lose yourself in. Or, if it’s a spot of sunshine that’s needed, we love Michael Sole’s Cap D’Antibes No 4. — sure to cure any house-moving anxieties in no time!
Art to anchor a room
When moving, we have all sorts of grand plans. Renovations, redecoration, upcycling, DIY — but sometimes, life gets in the way, other things take priority, and we get distracted. Buying a friend or family member a piece of bright, bold art is a brilliant way to help fill an empty wall space wall, or even an empty room, giving it a little love and helping to bring a space together. It’s also a wonderful piece of inspiration for the interior design and shape that scheme the room might take follow in the future.
For something a little unusual, how about Weedon Williams’ whimsical work, made from 1940s vintage bus tickets. Eye-catching and sure to brighten up even the emptiest of rooms. Or, go for something with some unusual dimensions, such as Geoff Catlow’s Multitude 1. With its bright colours and vertical lines, a piece like this can serve as a room’s focal point, anchoring the space and the furniture around it.
Or, for really large empty rooms which need a wow factor, how about Mark Beattie’s Neon Spiral — it just needs a plug socket — and can help turn your room, temporarily at least, into a mini-art gallery all of your own!
Giving a gift with a room in mind
Sometimes, house warming gifts, however well-meant, can just serve to clutter an already crowded home. Giving artwork which has a very clear room in mind can really help a recent mover, so that the question of where to hang their new piece is a real no-brainer.
The kitchen is a great place to start. Buying a piece which can easily be placed in a room where a lot of activity takes place will help the house feel like home. So how about some beautiful, food inspired art? We love Sarah Bowman’s beautiful Pear Trio, with its pretty blue and white tones, or Marie Boyle’s more abstract Cobalt Bottle. Likewise, we love the sense of sophistication and style that Lemons in the Glass by Tobias Harrison effortlessly embodies.
If you’re thinking about commemorating a new start for someone special who is moving over spring, art might be just the answer! Make sure you check out the multitude of inspiration over on our online marketplace »
Felix Aftene, Meditation, ink on card, £600, Pavot Gallery.
Jafar Chalipa, All Grey, oil on canvas, £677, Capital Art London.
Emma Jackson, Finland No. 20 ‘Wanderlust’, mixed media on canvas.
Weedon Williams, Bus Tickets 12: Hammond, mixed media on paper.
Geoff Catlow, Multitude 1, acrylic on canvas, £2,495, The Art Movement.
Mark Beattie, Neon Spiral, neon light on wood, £1,950, Degree Art.
Sarah Bowman, Pear Trio, oil on canvas, £2,600, White Space Art.
Marie Boyle, Cobalt Bottle, oil on canvas, £1,200, Amanda Aldous Fine Art.
Tobias Harrison, Lemons in the Glass, oil on board, £1,150, Signet Contemporary Art.
Header image: Michael Sole, Cap d’Antibes No. 4, oil on canvas, £4,995, Marine House At Beer.