Disclosure: The artwork featured in this post was provided by Minted. All opinions, images and love of gorgeous wall art are 100% mine.
We’re talking all about choosing new artwork for the new house today. Yep, you read that right. We haven’t moved yet (I actually haven’t even been to Springfield yet), but I’m already decorating the new house in my mind. It’s a happy place.
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If you missed the moving news and am wondering what I’m talking about, catch up on that here. (And If you saw my Instagram story last week, you know that aqua vase is from the Dollar Spot at Target. Run there now and grab one or ten, I’ll wait!)
Based on our online
stalking searching of real estate in Springfield, I’m guessing we’ll end up with an old, outdated house just begging for some updates. And we don’t know anyone in Springfield so we’ll have PLENTY of time to redecorate from square one so I’m starting to pick out a few pieces now.
I figured some artwork and other decor pieces are small enough to pick out now and sneak onto the moving truck, right? Right! Which led to looking at artwork on Minted’s site. (You may remember our pretty Christmas cards we got from Minted last year.)
Well good news, friends. Minted has a few great promotions going on right now (through April 3, 2017) in honor of their anniversary event, and you know I can’t resist a good deal. Especially when you can shop independent artists’ work online while sitting at home in yoga pants. You can get 15% off their entire site (use code NINE) or free shipping on non-custom art (use code SHIPFREE)!
There are other deals, too, on stationary and party supplies, so be sure to check those out if you’re planning any wedding or baby showers. Tis the season.
When I showed them to Kalen, he liked them but commented he didn’t know we were a boat family. I would love a boat, but he’s not interested so I’m thinking this picture is the closet I’m getting to one. 🙂
I have a few (okay, a lot) of my other favorite prints pictured and linked below in case you’re on the hunt for pretty new wall art, too. I kept a few things in mind though, which really helped me to narrow down my choices instead of getting overwhelmed by all the beautiful artwork.
Tips for choosing the perfect wall art:
1. Pick a decor theme.
Sometimes it can be hard when you like so many different pieces of artwork, but it helps to have an overall theme in mind. I’m leaning towards more of the coastal/beachy style, which may not be the typical middle-of-Illinois decor style, but I like it. I’ve been wanting to trend in that direction for awhile, and the move is the perfect excuse to do it.
As I was looking through all sorts of artwork and declaring I liked almost all of them, I kept reminding myself I wanted to create a costal look in our house. That little reminder helped me stay focused in my search and not end up with a bunch of gorgeous artwork that would look random when paired together.
Basically, looking all of the beachy prints (more below if you love them, too) convinced me we need a lake house or a beach house to decorate! Wishful thinking since I can’t even get a boat!
2. Focus on a color scheme.
You don’t have to have it narrowed down to a specific paint color or anything. I have no idea what color we’ll be painting our new walls yet because I haven’t gotten that far, but I do know I want to hone in greens, blues and neutrals. A few times I picked out some artwork that had some pink to it, and I ended up closing those tabs and forgetting about them.
Or, if you love all sorts of bold color, go for it, but stick to a general color scheme.
3. Photographs or watercolors?
This may not matter to you, and you can certainly mix the two. But sometimes just thinking about whether you prefer photographs or artwork can help you to narrow down the selections instead of getting overwhelmed with decisions.
4. Check the size.
With a whole house to decorate, I didn’t pay much attention to this honestly. Rectangle medium-sized prints will pretty much work somewhere in a house full of blank walls.
But if you’re looking for artwork for a specific space, definitely look at shape (square vs. rectangle) and size.
When I was playing around with my new prints just to see what they looked like on our walls here (paint color is Camelback by Sherwin Williams), I placed one of our end tables underneath this one. Obviously the table is not wide enough to be under the print permanently, but I just wanted to see what it looked like with some decor pieces near it.
5. Get a second opinion.
Kalen is happy to weigh in, but really, he usually just says he trusts me to pick out whatever I want. So if I’m overwhelmed with decorating choices, I usually go to my mom. I texted her about a million artwork options, and she picked a few of her favorites. Which, as usually happens with the two of us, were pretty aligned with my favorites. It’s always good to get someone else’s opinion though.
You’ll notice the different frame options Minted has, too. My favorites are the Whitewashed Herringbone and the Distressed Cottage White, but I’m sure you’ll puzzled that together!
I have a few more of my favorite wall art options below, which are just too good not to share with you guys.
There were a few more travel-focused prints that caught my eye, but I held off on those for now to stick to my dreams of having a more beachy decorated house. I still had to include them below though because they’re so pretty!
Cincinnati has a bridge that looks similar to this, so this one caught my eye.
Which ones are your favorites? Do you have any other tips for choosing the perfect wall art?
You can see even more prints from Minted’s limited edition art prints here. Remember to order by April 3, 2017 for 15% off (use code NINE).