How to Select the Perfect Art for Any Space: Warpool Court Hotel’s Peter Trier Outlines Concepts

We all like to decorate our homes with art that expresses our personal style, interests and aesthetic. It makes our space feel inviting and welcoming and it’s no different at our Pembrokeshire hotel. We have a large collection of local art that hangs throughout our historic building, chosen to reflect the beauty and history of the region.

The beautiful countryside and dramatic coastline mean Pembrokeshire and St. Davids have been a magnet for artists for centuries. Says Warpool Court Hotel's Peter Trier, "There are so many galleries to visit in our area. When you’re not an art curator or gallery owner, galleries can seem intimidating and buying art can feel unnatural."

There are no rules about what’s best for a space – the options are truly limitless. How much time do others spend in your home? You live in your home, so be sure to choose pieces that you like, regardless of what you think others may say. Trust your instincts. Perfect matches are not required to present a beautiful room.

Trier suggests considering the following to select what you consider to be the perfect pieces.

  1. Decide on the room, or rooms, you're going to be focusing on. Do you have the measurements for the space? Take pictures and bring them along when shopping, to help you better envision how a selection will fit, by theme, style, size and colour, into the current floor plan.
  2. Do you have a favourite clothing designer? Often people decide to emulate the look of a specific designer. When considering a piece, think about the emotions it evokes. How do you feel when you look at it? When you step back, how does it fit in with the overall scheme?
  3. Look online to explore artists. When you find one with a style you like, learn about him or her. If it’s an emerging artist, you might even be able to commission a piece.
  4. Measure twice, before heading out. There's nothing more frustrating than buying a work of art, only to discover when you get home that it doesn't fit or look the way you want it to. Consider the measurements to centre it at eye level, and whether viewers will be standing or sitting in the space.
  5. Wall art can serve as the focal point of a room. If oversized, it may stand on its own; a large piece can be complemented by balancing by other art on either side. Smaller pieces work well when part of a group. Note that for oversized art, the rule of thumb is no larger than two-thirds longer than a sofa. 
  6. If it's framed art, you can choose to have pieces reframed to complement each other. Often mismatched frames can make a statement on their own. Even art that incorporates words can underscore what you want to communicate.
  7. In decorating, there is a difference between the colour palette of a room and the palette of a specific piece of art. Bold colour schemes and brights are frequently relegated to accent walls. The most impressive rooms are those with four colours or fewer. Refering to a colour wheel is useful too. The most prominent piece of art should display a background colour that matches or complements wall colour. Consider using different shades of the same colour, or incorporate black and white. With rooms using small amounts of colour, the art should reflect a simple splash of colour. If you have neutral wall, watch out for overly bright, neon colours. Mirrors are also a good option to give the illusion of a larger space.
  8. Try pieces with different textures or mixed materials such as wood and metal.  Structure your design around a theme, idea or an inspiration piece such as a quote. With a theme, it's easier to eliminate objects that won’t be a good fit. An inspiration piece helps narrow colour to three or four, or combinations of patterns, geometrics, and solids. A budget-friendly options is to showcase high-quality textile across a blank canvas.

If you’d like to come and enjoy the fine art of west Wales during your holiday on the Pembrokeshire Coast, why not book one of our luxury rooms or a stay in our private, self-catering Garden Cottage here at Warpool Court Hotel? Simply book online, send us an email or give us a call on 01437 720300.

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