My first job out of college was at an art gallery on Newbury Street. I’ve always loved art- whether creating it myself or studying the works of others- but that did not necessarily mean I was great at SELLING it. My favorite times in the gallery were when we’d get a new shipment of paintings in and design the layout of the show- opening boxes of work like Christmas morning. But when it came to selling, I always felt like people would let me know when they wanted a painting. After all, to me, you fell in love with art the same way you fall in love with a beautiful face or smile of a stranger. You just know and you can’t help it. So I never pushed people or tried to convince them that a piece was a great addition to a collection or something that would increase in value over time. I always asked them how it made them feel and told them to go home and if they were still thinking about it and desirous of it then it meant they should have it (to the dismay of my boss). I find art to be a very personal, emotional purchase- especially when you’re talking about original pieces that cost as much as a Honda!
Now, as an interior designer I have a new frame of reference when it comes to art. Some galleries hate it when I come in and say “I need a painting that matches this fabric” and wave a swatch of bright blue velvet in front of the sales person. But hey, sometimes that is what I need! There is nothing wrong with looking for art that matches a room you’ve already decorated! But you can also base an entire room ON a painting too! If you have a piece you absolutely love, why not use that as your inspiration and palette? I saw this fabulous piece by one of my favorite artists Amanda Talley and decided to design a room around it.
Here is the piece, a very large work great above a long sofa:
Other images that makes some great points about art in the home-
You CAN hang pattern on top of pattern:
Use fine art in an unexpected room, like the kitchen:
Use it INSTEAD of furniture- like this piece as a headboard:
Hang pieces NOT on walls, like on bookshelves to help calm clutter:
Hanging small pieces in a grid or randomly gallery style each look amazing: