Should you buy art to match your room or should you decorate you room to match your art? Or maybe you should just buy art that really speaks to you, evokes an emotional response, buy it because you LOVE IT?
Generally speaking If you always buy things you really LOVE then they usually go together. Have you ever heard of anyone buying a painting with colors they hate? NO! Have you ever heard of anyone buying furnishings in colors they hate? NO! I generally find that people’s possessions - or what they gravitate to buying - usually sit well together.
I come from a family of art lovers and collectors so i would never buy art I didn't absolutely LOVE. But what about the piece that hung in your childhood home? You don’t LOVE it, it’s not exactly “you” but you have a deep connection to it? Maybe it hangs in a guest room or maybe you build a room that you do love around it, all of a sudden it shines with new life.
Or what about the art collector who buys for value first, then love? When art is bought for value, it is then an investment and often the purchaser has many pieces they have collected that need to hang together - but do not relate. In this case, a neutral pallet for interior design might be the best foundation for an eclectic collection. Maybe even colorless so the art can shine. By hanging art in a room in which it clashes, the art is by no means de-valued, the space is. The piece will not be appreciated fully, nor will the room…in that way the art can devalue the space. When art doesn't look good in a room it’s very clear that something’s wrong. There’s no harmony, the room looks disjointed and people’s enjoyment in spending time in the room will literally be diminished.
So with this said, if your not a collector by profession, should the art match the room? Not necessarily. However, it should compliment the room. Or to put it another way, the room should compliment the art. There should be a cohesive feeling. Often it can complete the room even if purchased first (which came first the chicken or the egg). Keep in mind; If you LOVE the piece of art, you may not want it to blend so much that it loses its voice.
The last problem not touched on is what to do when your husband or wife has favorite art that you hate? As I have done with many clients- give them their room to hang the art and design the room as they see fit- an office, a man cave (or woman’s version). If this doesn't work then there’s always divorce???