Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Displaying Art

One of my favorite British magazines is called "Living etc" (I get it online through the fabulous digital magazine website Zinio along with a slew of other magazines) and they had this great article on different ideas for displaying art. When I break down a room, it really is that the beauty in it comes from a sum of the parts, not one particular one. So that naturally puts the pressure on someone like me to make sure that all of the details from paints, furniture, lighting, art and accessories are all perfect in that room. But knowing how best to display art in different rooms and homes is part of this whole puzzle to beauty. I've always loved the mix of photography and art on a wall in mismatched frames, but I also love one giant feature piece of art when called for. As far as I'm concerned there are really no set rules except for knowing what height to hang art at and a good eye to decide what will work best for particular space.

Love this corner concept with a great mix of etchings
and photography

This canvas make a statement sitting on the floor
and works perfectly with the mix of old and new 

 I've actually done something similar to this before for
a client - having a canvas painted to suit a room
and hung it like a headboard to define the bed space
 An otherwise blank wall is filled here from floor
to ceiling just about with one large photograph
separated into four pieces to make a fun vertical
This would be a great spot for family pictures too
and the stairs make it easy to view all of the pieces
upon ascending or descending.

Pretty silhouettes in a structured layout
but different sizes perhaps for a kids room
The pop of color in the matting makes all
the difference here and if they were all in
black and white it would feel quite different

I love this look, mixing art and photography all in the same
frame for the most part, but different sizes. Just wait until the kids
are older so that they don't rip the lower ones off the wall!

BIGGER is better in this case and the clean lined
sectional with a low profile is perfect to show off
these gorgeous art pieces.

And if you're into a "do-it-yourself" project take a peek at a few pictures that I added to my living room recently. I wrapped the Ferm Living tea towels around Artists canvas' and they look nothing like what they are intended for. They are fun and playful and added some interest to this wall at a super low budget cost. Now I would have hung these a tad lower, but I am trying to keep some sweet little grubby toddler paws off them for now.

Ferm Living tea towels available through "Lekker" in
the South End. I got mine on "Joss and Main"
on one of their sales.