If you’ve been stuck at home during the last several weeks, your interior might start to seem a little stale. Maybe you haven’t updated your decor in a few years, or maybe you just never bothered to personalize in the first place. Either way, this could be the opportune moment to give your interior a little TLC. That’s why we’ve gathered talented artists and photographers from Sacramento to Philadelphia to offer their tips on displaying artwork for the home, often using their own work as an example. Read on for expert advice and freshen up your home’s interior today!
Art is the heart of the space, evoking intrigue and wonder. Select an artwork that resonates with you, then simply pick a pop color from the art and repeat it throughout your home décor to bring a lovely harmony between your space and the featured artwork. – Liz W. Fine Art
To incorporate art into your home my two most important considerations are style and color. Consider the style of your room which will help narrow down the type of artwork you want to go with the theme. Are you clean, modern, abstract, minimalist, chic? Or are you classic, vintage, or Victorian? After you decide if you want a modern/ simple abstract piece or a classic landscape portrait style artwork, then consider the colors. Do you want a statement piece that pops from the room or do you want the piece to flow with the room’s existing colors?
Once you have figured out your style and color you can move onto size. Lastly, and sometimes an option, you can consider if you want your piece to “say something”. When people look at it do you want it to become an instant conversation piece, or would you like the piece to have some sort of personal meaning to you? – Paints By Kait
Homeowners with a large, empty wall should consider piecing together many smaller art pieces to fill the space rather than one large hanging. Using smaller, varied art sizes will provide many opportunities to display your different interests and change out art frequently. Sticking to a neutral color like black or white for all the frames and mats in your array will allow you to match art pieces with varied color palettes without clashing. – Boxing Bear
Trust your instincts and take your time. Choose work that reflects who you are over what matches your couch; style and design change, but works selected to reflect your philosophy will endure. Allow the time for work to haunt you. If you can walk away but the work sticks in your mind, you know you’ve found work that can evolve with you and will always mesh with your personal aesthetic. If investing in art, review the Artist’s CV to weigh Artist’s exhibition and acquisition record against price. – jdc Fine Art
Contemplation deals with themes of balance, self-assurance, and inner strength. This piece would be perfect in someone’s home office or meditation space. Having Contemplation would bring peace and inspiration to any living space. – Carole A. Feuerman Sculpture Foundation
Everybody loves a good gallery wall. There is no better way to show your creativity and originality than displaying it on a wall for everyone to see. Since every collection is different, you’ll have to create different unique wall layouts based on the number of pieces you want to hang and the design of your room. – Virtosu Art Gallery
There are so many ways the art and imagery in your home can disclose, without words, your inner mind and express your personality. Combining a variety of art styles shows a well-balanced home, but you should always make sure to keep a cohesive look. For example, having a variety of art in similar frame styles helps to declutter your space while still adding a lot to the room. Your home is your sanctuary: always fill it with the art and things you love! – Camilla d’Errico
When working with new collectors, we always recommend utilizing blue painters tape to map out the exact size and shape of the artworks they plan to commission or purchase. This simple tip helps clients visualize how the final piece will fill-up the wall. We typically recommend a larger statement piece, so it doesn’t feel like the wall is eating up your investment. We’ve found that when customers have decided to go with a smaller piece, they usually come back after it’s hung saying they wish they’d gone bigger. Taking a few extra moments to use this very affordable blue-tape tip will help alleviate space regrets long-term.
We also like to get creative with configurations of our art panels. Sometimes a diptych, triptych or gallery wall of panels brings in more visually stimulating configuration to the room. And, perhaps adding textures, gemstones, or other structural elements to the art helps bring a 3-D effect to make it pop. The key is to truly think outside the box before you decide you know exactly what you want – even on color. I always love digging through color pallets on Pinterest for inspiration and suggest creating a mood board. Brainstorming ‘big’ and then narrowing down selections can be a very fun and rewarding process the collector can navigate with his or her artist(s). And finally, we also advise discussing budget up-front. It’s important both the collector and artist are aligned on a price range both feel comfortable with so there are no surprises or upsets after you’ve both invested significant time in your brainstorming sessions.
We have found the curation of artwork to be such an intimate and personal journey for each individual we work with. And, parallelly, it’s an intimate and personal journey for us artists as well. During this time of severe economic uncertainty I can imagine all artists (and other small businesses, actors, musicians, waiters, etc) are aligned in our mutual gratitude for collectors seeking out our work – I know we certainly are. – Christina Twomey Art + Design
You can create a warm environment and tell the story of your family by using family portraiture as art in your home. A small, intimate space might benefit from a traditional framed image, or you can go modern and bold with a stunning metal collage. Displaying family pictures in a well-thought-out design space is one of the best ways to turn a house into a home. – Ever After Photography
The best way to create a home that reflects your unique personal style is to only buy artwork that you LOVE! Do not worry about it ‘matching your sofa’; your home decor can be built around that crazy painting that lights you up when you look at it or the one that brings you a sense of serene calm. You can tie your space together compositionally by purchasing a pillow, a throw or painting a wall that showcases common color elements in your art pieces, perhaps getting an architectural lamp or plant that mimics a line, if it is a sculpture. Lastly, from time to time, move pieces around, you will see them, anew! – Anne Leuck Studio
Veltz Fine Art recommends buying and caring for one-of-a-kind paintings and limited edition prints. If you collect and celebrate truly original art, it will confer authenticity on your home: the furniture, the decor, the atmosphere you hope to create. To create the mood you’re seeking — in a reading nook, a conversation setting, or a dining area — think about the scale and placement of art. We can custom-scale art that will create an atmosphere that feels genuinely authentic, unlike so many others — unique in all the world. Your family will absorb it. Your guests will take notice. – VELTZ Fine Art
Having art in your home brings pleasure to you as well as anyone who visits. Buy art you enjoy. Don’t worry about how you display it in your home. There is no right or wrong way. – ArtzLine
Select and buy work with which you resonate. Buy paintings that speak the same language you speak. How do you feel when you look at the work? If it evokes positive feelings and emotions, then it’s likely a good choice.
Think of the work you buy as you would a relationship, because you may be in this relationship for quite a while. Would you choose a friend or potential partner because someone suggested you do so? Or would you rather be in a relationship with someone who you see as being of potential benefit to you in the long run?
Along these lines, how does the work relate to your space? Does it feel like it belongs in your already existing decor and art collection? Or is it an outlier that you may soon grow tired of? Sounding a lot like a relationship, right? – Dennis Perrin Fine Art