“You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art”. This was a quote from the movie, “Herb & Dorothy”.
The art displayed in your environment is the energy, personality and tells a story about you and how you live. It makes a powerful statement!!! Below are a few suggestions about selecting and collecting art, then statements about mistakes choosing and displaying your art and lastly pictures showing art…artfully displayed in each room. Enjoy!
• YOU’VE GOT TO LIKE OR LOVE IT- here I urge you to let your WILD CHILD take charge. Select from your heart and eye. Choose for color, content and texture/materials
• UNDERSTAND CONTENT AND CONTEXT- Get to know about the artist and the subject of your piece. Do not overlook Rugs, Sculpture, Mirrors, etc. as art
• BUY SEVERAL PIECES OF GOOD/ORIGINAL ART- If you think you cannot swing the cost, ask the artist to let you pay over time or barter with a talent that you could trade with them for the art.
• BE READY TO ACT FAST OR LOSE OUT- Original art is unique and one-of-a-kind. If you snooze, you may lose. I often think of a few pieces I missed out on several years ago. The artist tried to reproduce one of them…I paid what the other one cost and if failed by compare.
• FOLLOW THE ART SCENE IN YOUR AREA-Go to exhibits of emerging artist and art shows. Best place to buy fantastic and affordable original pieces.
• GO TO ESTATE SALES- They are fantastic arenas to secure wonderful framed art pieces at a fraction of their real cost.
• FRAMES CAN BE AS EXPENSIVE AS THE PIECE ITSELF- Always use acid free mats on original pieces as the artwork will be ruined by less expensive mats staining the piece over time. Always search out beautiful frames at sales and stash until you find a wonderful art piece to mount into it. This is half the fun!
MISTAKES MADE IN DISPLAYING/HANGING ART-
• Hung too high on wall.
• Chose wrong scale…either too large or worst yet, too small and looks like you pasted a postage stamp on the wall.
• Too matchy-matchy. I love to say, “GOOD ART SHOULD NOT MATCH YOUR SOFA”!
• Trouble creating a collage or gallery wall with balance.
• Artwork lacking variety and texture will lack interest
• Filling up every void space and filling up every wall. Understand the importance of NEGATIVE SPACE.
• Not layering your art into the entire visual space. This includes considering your floor lamp, end table, etc. into the overall display. IMPORTANT to have some pieces a bit in front of another to add texture and depth. Layering creates sophistication!!!! It also connects all the elements in the room.
• CONSIDERING ONLY ART ON THE WALLS- ART and the way you put it together is every part of your home, tables, floors, etc.