Everyone seems to love the changing of the seasons. By the time winter ends, like it is now, everyone is ready for the warmer temperatures and flowers of spring. Most people change certain accents in their decor along with the season. Things like tablecloths, centerpieces, and maybe a garland or floral accents on the mantle or elsewhere around the living room. But one easy way to change with the seasons is to change the art on your walls.
I've written previously about the benefits of hanging landscape and nature photography in your home or office. But embracing the changing seasons by also changing the art on your walls is a great way to mentally and emotionally accept and prepare for the change, and even celebrate it.
Highlight an Artist
One great way to change your decor with the seasons is to highlight an artist. For instance, a painter for one season, a photographer for another, and a watercolor artist or maybe a printmaker for another. This is a great option if you have a feature wall, with several pieces of art, or several prominent walls in your living room or dining room that could highlight your favorite work from a particular artist.
If you have one feature wall, a collage of several smaller pieces surrounding a larger piece can make for a beautiful conversation starter, and if the subject matter matches the season, it will always feel fresh, while also reminding you of memories of past seasons when those pieces were on display.
I have a friend who is a painter, and she regularly rotates the prints in her home with the seasons, and the focal point is always the piece above the fireplace. It never fails to impress me no matter which season I see it in, and it always sets the mood.
Highlight a Style
If you prefer not to settle on just one artist, perhaps selecting a style will appeal you to more. For instance, for the spring, you could select the work of several photographers, while in the summer you could transition to oil painters, or watercolor artists, Then in the fall, choose another style of work.
Summer could be the season you choose vibrant sunsets and sunrises over a beach from photographers, or watercolors depicting fun at swimming holes, or fields on sunflowers always prevalent in the late summer. Then choose another style of painting for autumn, or another style of photography for winter.
It can be a lot of fun discovering new art styles, and finding which ones you love, by selecting different styles to feature each season. And don't worry if originals are beyond your budget. Many artists are now offering beautiful museum quality prints of their work, enabling them to appeal to those with any size budget.
Highlight a Theme
If you like to have several different styles on display, maybe you'd prefer to highlight a theme that permeates the pieces you show. In autumn, you could choose to show old barns adorned by trees in peak fall color, or mountain streams with colorful foliage. Or perhaps be even more specific and highlight a location with different pieces of the same area during that season.
Winter could emphasize mountain scenes with snow-covered peaks, or barns with a fresh blanket of snow, or perhaps New England villages with snow falling. In the Spring, blooming trees, flowing waterfalls, vibrant green fields, and colorful pastel flowers can transform your walls into a celebration of new life that Spring always represents.
Ultimately, I think it's fun to find art that highlights what's important to you for each season, and depicts what you love about each season.
Highlight a Color Scheme
Each season always seems to have its own color scheme. Spring time has bright pastel pinks, blues, yellows, greens and purples. Summer tends to be more vibrant blues, yellows, reds, and oranges. Autumns colors are deeper reds, burnt orange, brown, and burnt yellow. Winter's colder temperatures are echoed in cool blues, whites, and greens, while the warmth of the hearth and home is echoed in reds and warmer tones.
There are many ways to determine what art hangs in your home or office, but changing the display for each season is a great way to keep the decor fresh, and a great way to display art if you already have limited wall space but enjoy collecting art from artists you follow. If you have a wall that's already full, but have more work you'd like to show, it may be time to start rotating the art with the changing of the seasons. If this is an approach you'd like to try, but haven't yet begun your collection, I put together a guide for buying art online you may find helpful.