This photo portrays how most people add art to their homes. However, by using the dark wall as a foil, choosing four pieces in the same style and tone, and hanging them at the same level the result goes far beyond the impact of the art itself. When you add art to your home, do you just think that you want something on that bare wall, or do you consider taking the next design step as these people did?
This photo shows more than art – it is an art installation, with as much thought to hanging the art as was taken in selecting it. As a result, we learn something about the personality, style and taste of the people who live here. What do you want your art to say about you?
The next photo, right shows how art can take over a space, defining it and expanding the drama. It starts with a large-scale modern piece which is used to define the colors and style of the entire room. The result is exciting and contemporary. Notice how the brown, black and light green add depth and keep the space from being too expected. Would you create a space like this one in your home?
Finally, don’t limit your thinking of art to two dimensions. The three African carvings below, when positioned together, add a strong focal point against the white backdrop. Separating these three pieces or not providing the strong-contrast background would diminish their effect.
Look for opportunities to showcase your culture or your travels with art. Instead of standard souvenirs, how about selecting something special that represents the best of the folk art of the area?
When you select art for your home, look for pieces that reflect your interests, taste and personality. Also, whether it’s an antique quilt from your family or your second cousin’s block print, make your art stand out by your choice of position and backdrop. That way your art reflects more than something on the wall, it reflects you.