What would you think if you walked into a friend’s home and every piece of wall art was missing? Would you guess she was planning to paint to the entire house? Or, would you believe that she had a sudden urge to change every piece of artwork throughout the house?
Without being faced with your friend’s blank walls, you might have considered the lack of wall art as frivolous. Of course, once you’re faced with only the wall paint color to capture your interests, it’s extremely noticeable that something is missing.
Typically, a house without a framed mirror or a canvas painting or even a wall clock exhibits an unfinished look. For the homeowner whose house is rocking floor to ceiling windows, you’ve got instant art from the outdoors. I envy you.
But, let’s face it. Art is an essential component to creating a cozy, attractive home. But it’s also one of those “nice to haves” in a house. Wall art isn’t going to comfort you when you finally have time to kick back and catch up on episodes of “This is Us”. It won’t hold your steaming cup of tea when your dog nudges you for play time.
You or your best friend might think you’re off the hook when it comes to sporting blank walls. Think again.
Experts believe art does more than add character, balance and sometimes, a touch of spunk to the space. According to the Business Insider article, a study done in the Brain and Cognition Journal indicates that viewing art boosts creativity, learning, visual understanding, and triggers emotions.
Who knew an abstract painting, or a landscape photo hung in your living room could tell your home’s story, and enhance their well-being, too?
With the benefits of wall art, why would you ever want to list your home without it?
Lifestyle Adds Value
Blank walls are nostalgic. Unfortunately, nostalgia isn’t going to boost the value of your home. In college, I visited friends who lived in an apartment near the campus. The whole space lacked wall art, oh, except for the Bon Jovi poster that hung in a friend’s bedroom.
The place screamed ‘temporary living arrangement’.
Buyers expect more from a listed home. Naked walls give the impression that you live a nomad life, or you’re carrying on a college like lifestyle. Create value in the house by fulfilling the dream lifestyle you know your home buyers believe they can own.
Less is More
Excitement growing about hanging art? Great.
Before you get started, don’t forget that you’re selling a house. Home buyers aren’t expecting to step into the Norton Simon Museum. Yes! Now that should be music to your ears.
With gallery wall art trending now, you can dump the added pressure of choosing and hanging multiple pictures to stay on trend.
And as you consider how much to add in each room, follow this rule of thumb…less is more. Too much artwork concentrated in the same space poses a distraction for buyers.
Oh, and if you love the gallery wall look, you can always put it together in your next house.
Here’s a tip: Before hanging artwork, determine the room’s focal point like a bed. If possible, hang the artwork directly above the bed (make sure it’s proportionate to the bed’s size). Depending on the size of the room, place art on another wall to create balance and visual flow throughout the room.
What to Add
Stumped on what to add to your wall? You have several directions to go with wall art that will engage the viewer. You can choose framed or unframed paintings and/or photographs. Also, you can go neutral with art like metal sculptures and framed mirrors.
Choose a theme or personality in the artwork that attracts your type of buyer. Coordinate the subject’s colors with other decorative pieces in the home. And make sure to avoid sensitive topics like politics, religion, eroticism, and sports. The goal is to make buyers feel positive emotions that help them imagine living in the house. The last thing you want to do is make the buyer feel uncomfortable.
Embracing wall art is not difficult when you realize it from the buyers perspective. Even if you think it’s one more thing to worry about…in the long run…it’ll be worth it.