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Have you ever walked into a home that feels lifeless, empty and unloved even if it has nice furniture and rugs? Were you able to put your finger on what made the interior feel incomplete?
A home without art and books is a home that is missing its soul. It’s a sterile environment that speaks of a lack of interest or engagement with the world outside the door. Art and books provide the homeowner with an opportunity to put their personal stamp on their environment in a way that no other decor items can adequately do on their own. Accessories can help, but accessories on their own without careful consideration of scale, proportion and placement, without art and books can make a space end up looking like a flea market stall.
Art doesn’t have to be “important” like those painted by famous artists whose work is out of reach for most of the population. But art can literally be found everywhere, and those with a good eye can find art, or objects and artefacts to be used as art, in the most unlikely of places. Which is why it can serve you well to work with a home decor pro. They have the experience and often the training to bring things together that otherwise might just not hang together. But if for whatever reason you can’t work with a design pro, the following might help you think of art in a new way.
In my own home, one of my favorite paintings was found in a second hand shop in a pile of junk, leaning up against a wall. It’s an oil of a Paris street-scape which caused my heart to lurch as soon as I saw it. It may not appeal to others, nor will it pass muster with “serious” collectors, but I believe art is not only an investment or an asset, it should evoke emotion and touch the owner in a personal way. And having adored Paris when I visited, when I saw this painting I could almost hear the street noises and smell the cafe au lait from the boulangerie!
Some of the biggest faux-pas I see with the display of art in homes is a piece that is too small for the wall or the piece of furniture that it is hung over, it’s too high, or the proportions are off.
A triptych, like the one above, which is a work of art that is divided into three sections, originally historical Christian carved panels that were hinged together, should ideally be hung a little further apart so the panels stand on their own but bear relation to each other. And in the photo above, the panels are too high above the buffet. Too much wall between the art and the furniture could be fixed with a flower arrangement or a larger piece of art flanked by lamps or wall sconces so the whole grouping is almost as wide as the furniture beneath like these two possibilities:
Or, wall decor can be a combination of prints and paintings hung in a group framed by wall trim like this fabulous room:
Follow the guidelines below for some options on how to display art so the proportions and composition will be pleasing to the eye:
Next week: how to add books and accessories to the mix to round out your home’s decor. Do you have any “found art” stories you can share? Where do you look when you need something to hang on a wall?