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Wall Art and Paintings for Office Walls: What You Need to Know

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Wall Art and Paintings for Office Walls: What You Need to Know

Above: Joanne Short museum-quality framed 70x100 cm vintage style art poster print of Paris in an office setting with the colours selected to work with the art print.

If you're looking for wall art office ideas that will inspire, motivate and brighten up your day, you've come to the right place. In this article, we'll discuss everything you need to know about office artworks, canvas prints and original paintings for the office. We'll cover topics such as choosing the right style of art, finding affordable art and paintings, and where to buy office wall art online. So whether you're a business owner or an employee looking for some new inspiration, read on for some helpful tips!

How do I choose office art?

When choosing art for your office, it's important to keep in mind what type of message you want to send. Do you want to come across as creative and expressive? Or professional and serious? The art you place on your office walls will convey a lot about who you are and what kind of business you run.

Joanne Short art print of Camel estuary in Cornwall

Above: Museum-quality framed 70x100 cm vintage style travel art poster print of the Camel Estuary, Padstow in Cornwall by Joanne Short

Each space and business is unique, so make sure your selected art reflects the look and feel of your company. Art that is too wild or abstract may not be appropriate for a law firm perhaps, while a more subdued image might not keep the energy up in an advertising firm or new startup business.

Art prints with people in as the subject can help personalise your walls and are full of narrative and stories making them a great talking point for employees and clients, while abstract or modern art can add a creative touch. There are also prints that feature beautiful and aspirational cities such as Paris and London, seascapes and animals to choose from that will keep your walls interesting while keeping them professional.

John Dyer orangutan rainforest art print

Above: Museum-quality framed 70x100 cm vintage style travel art poster print of Borneo orangutans by John Dyer

What type of art should be in the office?

There are many wall art choices, so make sure that you take into account the style of your business, the type of business you are in and what will be most relaxing and productive for you. With these wall art tips, you will be sure to create a stylish look that is both welcoming and professional. It is worth considering a mix of original paintings and high-quality wall art. Displaying original art in a business shows your clients you support the arts and creativity and also shows you align with premium quality art and artists. In addition to at least one original painting, you can add signed prints and wall art posters.

John Dyer seascape painting of Cornwall

Above: John Dyer feature original acrylic painting of Perranporth beach in Cornwall

What is popular in art right now?

Framed art posters with contemporary art, crisp type and a vintage-style design that echo travel posters from the past are a popular choice for business premises walls. They offer a touch of class and elegance and can brighten up any space on a budget. In addition, they provide an opportunity to support local artists. Well known Cornish artists John Dyer and Joanne Short are two of the most popular artists whose work is featured in Cornish travel art poster form.

Where do I buy office wall art online?

When considering how to spend your money on art and before you checkout you should look for affordable quality art from individual artists. You can find affordable art at many places, but one of the best places to start shopping for art and paintings is online. There are a lot of websites that sell art and paintings. Rather than searching for 'office art' online or in shops search for local galleries and start to research the artists that appeal to you and your business. The John Dyer Gallery is a great place to start your research and wall art poster prints start at very affordable prices. Take a look at our Art for Home Offices article for inspiration.

Joanne Short painting of Cornish sunflowers

Above: Joanne Short feature original oil painting of Cornwall

What can I put on an office wall?

Select office wall art to decorate with from a range of ideas including canvas art, wall stickers, nature images, tree images, framed prints of London and other cities, images of flowers, patterns and other ideas, maybe even superb reproductions and enlargements of kids drawings if they fit with your organisation and interior space. As long as everything is beautifully presented and framed then lots of ideas will work. For guidance and help with a large project The John Dyer Gallery is able to offer consultation advice and will help to guide you through the process. Many clients have taken this approach and we have many examples that you can view on our article about art for business.

What is the best wall art for office settings?

For many organisations, and for healthcare settings selecting framed posters with a really interesting narrative can really help to engage and relax people as they wait in a reception area or waiting room. The art collection of posters from artist John Dyer is perfect for this as his art is full of people, dogs, boats and birds enabling an endless conversation about what is going on in the art, and the images naturally jog memories and remind people of summer holidays and family fun. Art has been purchased from The John Dyer Gallery by dentists, hospitals, therapy centres and surgical wards for exactly these reasons.

As an example in King's College Hospital in London a large wall sticker was used with the art of John Dyer at the entrance to the surgery suit.

Another example, we know of are dental practices that have John Dyer art framed and attached to the ceiling over the dentist's chair so that patients have something to concentrate and focus on!

In a business setting, colourful contemporary Cornish art also works well as it creates a real sense of warmth, fun and aspirational colour and content.

Frames can also have a big impact and framing your chosen art independently opens up a world of possibilities with the style, colour, width and look.

John Dyer original painting of Tresco

Above: John Dyer feature original oil painting of Cornwall

If your business is looking for art to be hung in a boardroom or executive area then we recommend a large original painting as it carries stature and presence. All of the artists at The John Dyer Gallery have had their paintings purchased by public galleries and institutions and organisations such as the Eden Project and Save the Children UK have original art from our artists in their headquarters and boardrooms.

Where should I hang art in my business?

  • Hang wall art next to or above desks, workstations, conference room tables and seating areas. It can really help to define a workspace for an employee and instils a sense of belonging and personality.
  • Hang wall art in business lounges and reception areas to create a professional impression of your business and also to engage your clients whilst they wait.
  • Use office prints for decoration in kitchen and break rooms as well as corridors and stairwells to create an overall sense of well being and to remove any sense of the office space being unloved or austere.
Covent Garden art poster print of London by Joanne Short
Above: Museum-quality framed 70x100 cm vintage style travel art poster print of Covent Garden in London by Joanne Short

Office decor tips:

A well-styled office can help you and your team to be more productive, creative and relaxed. Here are some tips to create a style that will show off your wall art and help you to relax and get more work done.


Decorating with light colours, pale shades of blue, green, white and yellow can help to create a calm and relaxing environment in your business. They also reflect natural light which can improve moods and productivity. Take a look at the furniture too, this is a great time to consider modernising and selecting furniture that works with your new room style.

Reduce clutter

When you are planning your revamped interior take a look at storage space too. Providing extra storage will leave desks and walls clear and will help your employees to work efficiently and will visually allow your new art to shine.

Add plants

An easy way to improve your space is with plants. Plants not only add greenery to your space, but they also clean the air and provide a relaxing atmosphere. Try placing potted plants on shelves or desks near your wall art for an added touch of style and the experience of watching them grow helps with the joy of being at work.

Hang office wall art pictures at eye level

Pictures hung too high or too low on the wall can make a room feel unbalanced. Aim to hang your selected art at eye level or just below for the best effect.

John Dyer original painting of Rock, Daymer Bat in Cornwall

Above: John Dyer feature original oil painting of Cornwall

Make your space yours

A main piece of art hung over a desk can really add personality to a space and help to define the area as your personal office within the company, so choose something that is very special and an original painting would be ideal for this location.

Art is one of the most important elements of interior design. It can be used to create an inspiring and productive work environment or to help guests feel welcome and relaxed in a business or hospitality setting. In healthcare settings, art can be used to create calm and healing environments for patients and staff. When choosing art for your business or healthcare venue, it's important to consider the style of your space, the mood you want to create and the message you want to communicate.

We hope this article has helped give you some ideas about how to use wall art, paintings and other types of art to enhance your office design. To view a fantastic collection of contemporary art that you can search by subject, artist or location and for a fast delivery to your business do view The John Dyer Gallery online where you can create an account, choose your art and checkout your order today. 

If you would like to talk to the gallery about a specific project you are planning then we would love to hear from you and you can contact us by sending us a message or you can give the gallery a call as we would be delighted to help.  All our artists are happy to discuss your requirements and are happy to talk about commissioned paintings that would work in your business setting.

The John Dyer Gallery has worked with many business clients and you can find out more on our art for business page.

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