Inspiration comes from many mediums. For me, this week’s inspiration came from this post I did on Facebook.
Amazingly, this simple quote “Art does not have to match the couch” went on a viral voyage that enormously jolted my stats; oh the joy of reaching so many people is like an intoxicating elixir. So to pay homage to what obviously hit home for many, I thought it only appropriate to keep this conversation going…
“Yes – Finally someone said it! Be Different…your house does not have to look like a cookie cutter version of a Villa in Tuscany, i.e., clearance shelves from Home Goods. Buy unique art from local artists or make your own!”
“I personally prefer dogs playing pool…that matches the dog hair on the couch, but not the couch or any couch for that matter.”
“I was once asked to do a painting that would match someone’s couch.”
“Best comment on appreciation of art I’ve seen in quite a while!”
“ I’ve had to make clients aware of this too many times. You purchase artwork because it speaks to you.”
It is so true; Art does not have to match the couch
Art — it’s multi-lingual, interpreted in infinite ways, knows no boundaries, its spectrum endless, and its effects powerful. It comes in all forms — painting, sculpture, objects, furniture — it breathes life, adds depth, and has a very powerful point of view.
The definition of art is individual. Its beauty is found in the eye of the beholder. Art can be shocking. Art can be graceful. Art can be thought provoking. Art can be controversial. Art can be a collection of objects. Art can introduce a bold pop of offbeat color into a decor. Art can be the thread that ties a room together. But please, don’t buy decorative pillows to match each hue in a painting. Let your artwork speak, allow it to have a point of view; it’s much more compelling and attractive.
Many times a beloved painting will be the source of inspiration for the design of a room. The style and era of the artwork may dictate the style and personality of the collector’s décor. A room may remain very minimal so the art is profound and takes its place as the sole focal point of the space. Or perhaps a room is very loud with an abundance of color and pattern; this is a place where a quiet work of art is much more effective. Balance is vital. Where there is chaos, you lose focus; your eye should have a gentle place to fall.
In a home where light and windows are not abundant, artwork depicting natural elements becomes the gateway to the outdoor world. Photographs of scenic views, colorful paintings of flora & fauna, or a soothing painting of an oceanic view, breathes fresh air into a less than luminous space.
Art doesn’t necessarily have to hang on a wall. A hand-painted or intricately detailed piece of furniture may take center stage. A powerful collection of paperweights or vintage lighters beautifully displayed is also a form of artistic expression. Sculpture and textiles are also a commanding way to convey life into a room.
Coffee table books are all the rage in the creation of vignettes. But perhaps those books are getting bored sitting around in piles? Why not bring those gorgeous pages to life? Extract your favorite pages and frame them. I did this for a client. I happened upon an antique book of beautifully illustrated shells and pulled out 20 pages to create a gallery on a very large, focal wall. We selected gold gilded frames and mounted each photo under linen matting; the result was stunning.
The quickest way to elevate an inexpensive piece of art is quality matting and framing. There are so many options and creative ways to frame artwork so don’t be afraid to experiment. Also, think about lighting. This is the perfect way to make the piece look important and it also brings out the brilliance of the artwork.
When you’re hanging individual pieces of art, be sure not to hang them too high. A good rule of thumb is to hang the center of the picture at eye level; approximately 58″-60″ above the floor. When it comes to arranging groups and collections, planning is paramount. Create paper templates; arrange and rearrange until you are completely satisfied with your schematic.
Collecting “True” Art is essential for so many reasons. It supports a community of incredibly talented people, and it
gives your space authenticity and credibility.
Eradicate the mindset that “real” art is out of the realm of affordability. There are so many artists just starting out and selling their masterpieces for a bargain. And there are venues to support up-and-coming artists. Every city or town has art fairs throughout the year, and there are estate sales and auctions; these are great places to start building your collection.
Every home deserves to live vibrantly. The life of a home is conveyed through its contents, surroundings and the memories built within its walls. Art gives a home soul. A Home Without Art is a Home With No Soul.
Take the Art away — Now, how does that feel?