If your ideal weekend is hopping through galleries and museums, you might be tempted to add a bit of art to your own white walls. And you don’t need blue-chip originals to curate a spectacular home gallery. Our skilled designers have these tips for curating your art collection.
Why settle for a single piece of art when you could create a gallery wall? Choose from a range of black and white photos or a colorful collection of prints. To make your space cohesive, hang all the pieces using the same frame style.
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Stick to one topic
If you are hesitant about choosing works of art for your home, it is best to choose a single artist or style in your space. We placed abstract, primary colored pieces in this Westchester family home to add a colorful accent that blends the modern and familiar elements of the space.
Customize your existing accent pieces
Finding the right art is about more than just finding a piece that speaks to you. An art collection should complement and enhance the existing elements and colors in your space. Abstract art is great for more modern spaces, while representational pieces are great for more traditional and temporary redesigns. Check out how the pillows in this luxury San Francisco apartment match the abstract work of art hanging behind the couch.
From the wall
While paintings, prints, and photographs are certainly the most common pieces of art, consider how to get your art collection off the wall. Hanging phones are a popular option, but we also love sculptural objects. Check out how we put a red alligator in the living room of this stunning townhouse. This not only gives the room a dose of color, but also creates a separation between the cocktail corner and the dining room.
On the floor
Just because you can make a frame doesn’t mean you have to hang it up. While a gallery wall or well-placed piece of art will always look great, art should be stacked on the floor or on a table. Stack framed pieces against each other or let them glow in a single row.
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When a trip to Christie’s isn’t planned, consider other ways to bring your favorite blue chip artists into your home. We love art books. Not only are they great for books with coffee tables, but they’re also a great way for you to show off everything you learned from college art history class.