Just as everyone has a completely different fingerprint, no two people have the exact same personality. When it comes to interior décor like artwork, you can let your personality shine through every time you choose a new print or wall poster that fits your art style. You can tell when a person doesn’t know their style; their house becomes a mish mash of styles that usually clash and end up looking messy.
With our help, you should be able to more clearly define what home decor art prints will work best on your walls. Knowing your style when it comes to decorating can be very useful. Once you know where you belong on the art style scale you can draw inspiration from an endless amount of resources.
But how do you decide what art style is right for you, based on what you know about your own personality? We have created this guide just to solve that problem, linking up the five most clearly defined personality traits with the art style that goes hand in hand with them.
Are You Curious and Open to Experience?
If you are the type of person open to new experiences you may be more apt to choose artwork as a decor item in general. This is because openness encourages an appreciation for art, emotion, adventure, unusual ideas, imagination and curiosity. Abstract styles of painting may appeal to your curious and open personality.
Abstract art is a style of painting that tries to convey an idea or make a statement using shapes, colours or textures in unusual ways, usually without recognizable images. Abstract art is highly subjective. What a piece might mean to one person may be viewed as something completely different to another person, or even to the original artist. Some of the most popular abstract artists include Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Brett Whiteley, and Denise Duplock.
Are You Conscientious, Dependable & Organized?
Do you have well-honed organization skills, almost always arrive on time at appointments and take deadlines very seriously? You may like artwork that fits into the realism category. Conscientious personalities prefer planned to spontaneous behaviour and realist artworks have a stability that would appeal to your conscientious personality type.
Realist artists use the medium of painting to convey ideas that are grounded in reality and often work with subjects with the intent of showing them how they really appear. Realism can have very little room for interpretation and this appeals to those with personalities that are conscientious and organized. Some of the most popular realists include Eduoard Manet, Winslow Homer, Philbeck, and Ray Hendershot.
Are You Energetic & Outgoing?
For those of you who are outgoing, energetic, enthusiastic and enjoy a lot of action and activity, you may like artwork or photography that is bold, colourful and daring. Artwork that is considered expressionism or fauvism often compliments your outgoing personality.
Expressionism is closely related to realism in that the subject is usually a person, place or thing. But expressionists do not feel the need to show the object as it truly is and instead might use colours that are not present in the actual subject. Colours are instead chosen because they convey an emotion or idea that the artist is trying to paint. Some of the most popular expressionists include Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, and Vincent van Gogh.
Are You Agreeable & Compassionate?
If your dominant personality traits include compassion, understanding and empathy, you may favour a more contemporary art style. This personality embraces social harmony and an optimistic view of human nature, which can be depicted in modern art.
Modern art is the name given to the succession of Avant-Garde artistic styles that have been dominant in Western culture throughout the twentieth century. It can be found in the works of Paul Cezanne and Andre Derain. Contemporary art is very much about representing the world in new ways and creating a very unique abstract style.
Are You Innovative and Thoughtful?
Are you an innovative, thoughtful and sometimes chaotic thinker, barely able to keep control of your inspirational ideas. Some of the most brilliant minds in history fall into this category. Innovators are always thinking outside the box and if you think you might fit into this category, you may enjoy the Impressionist style of painting.
Impressionism is a style of artwork originating in France in the 1860s. It was created to capture the impressions and emotions of a scene by emphasising the relationship between colour and light. Painters used free brush strokes to depict colours, shapes, and textures to describe that which is inherently indescribable. Their selection of everyday scenes over traditional historic, religious, and romantic scenes was revolutionary in its time.
Claude Monet is a famous name associated with Impressionism, but other popular artists include Alfred Sisley, Edgar Degas, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
What if That's Not My Style at All?
Just as art styles can be ever-changing and fluid, so too are personalities. No person can be placed in a single box and not everyone who is looking for home décor art prints will adhere to one specific art style. Some may be drawn to an artistic style radically different from their own personality. This is perfectly okay.
The point of this is to give you a starting point so that you can decide which style of home décor art prints suits your personality. There is certainly no rule that says that you have to stick to just one style for your entire house.
Choose artwork that speaks to you, art that you can't - or don't - want to live without. In the words of collector Dan Fear: "Buy art because you like it and because it moves you, and because it enhances your life."
Richard Tarrant - Bio
Richard is founder and CEO of PictureStore and has worked since October 2000 to make wall art accessible to all Australians. Google+