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Choosing Abstract Wall Art: My Top 5 Tips

on June 03, 2024

Here are my top 5 tips for choosing the best abstract wall art for your space.

Selecting the perfect abstract wall art can transform a room and add personality. Here are my five tips to help you choose the best piece for you.

1. Consider the Color Palette

Start by considering the color palette of your room. Choose artwork that complements or contrasts with your existing decor. Harmonious colors can blend seamlessly, while bold contrasts can make the art stand out as a focal point. Think back to gradeschool art class and the color wheel—complimentary and analogous colors. Need a refresher?

color wheel to help choose abstract wall art

2. Reflect on the Mood

Think about the mood you want to project. Abstract art can range from vibrant and energetic to calm and serene. Bold, dynamic pieces (my personal favorite) can invigorate a space, making it lively and stimulating. On the other hand, softer, muted tones will create a tranquil, relaxing atmosphere.

3. Size and Scale of the Abstract Wall Art

Size matters when it comes to wall art, and especially abstract wall art. Large pieces can make a statement and dominate a room, perfect for spacious areas with plenty of wall space. Smaller works are ideal for more intimate settings or can be grouped together to create a cohesive gallery wall.

abstract expressionism abstract wall art by Galerie Stein artist Beth W. Stewart
'A Place for Stories III' by Galerie Stein abstract expressionist artist, Beth W. Stewart. A good example of a large, vibrant painting.

4. Personal Connection

Choose art that resonates with you personally. One of the things I love most about abstract art is that its abstraction allows each of us to experience it in our own unique way. So, select paintings that evoke good emotions or memories. Your personal connection to the artwork will make it meaningful and enjoyable.

5. Explore Different Styles

Abstract art comes in many styles, from geometric patterns to fluid, expressive forms. Don't get stuck looking at just one style simply because you're most familiar with it. Explore! And enjoy the diversity. See which styles align best with your aesthetic preferences and the overall design of your space.

abstract expressionism artist Joan Mitchell abstract wall art

Abstract artist, Joan Mitchell, has a distinctively expressive style.

By considering these five factors, you can find abstract wall art that enhances the aesthetic of your space while also reflecting your unique style and personality.

Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
Contact: Pete Stein at