Many people have difficulty finding the perfect place for artwork within their home. April Russell, of April Russell: The Art of Interiors , specialises in spaces designed around a client’s art collection. Here she shares her expert advice with The LuxPad on how to house an art collection…
Frame around a space
How you style a space in your home is personal to you, even if an interior designer is on hand to help. It is important that your home reflects your personality, without looking cluttered. When considering where to hang each piece of artwork, take into account the purpose of the room you are in, and what it will be used for. This will help you to make a more informed decision, and ultimately lead to a more seamless view of the work, allowing you to create a scene and an atmosphere that you love, without overcrowding.
Hang at eye level
When hanging art, do so at eye level. Have all of your tools – measuring tape, pencil, leveller, hammer and hooks and nails – in one place, and hang at double level points to avoid tipping, and to ensure the painting is level at all times. Remember that large pieces need space, while smaller pieces can be hung closer together.
Consider the lighting
Lighting is very important when showcasing a piece. The art should have a good balance of light, avoiding any shadows that might obstruct the subject and frame, whilst also avoiding direct sunlight. Taking the lighting into consideration will also reduce the risk of reflection in the glass, something that can damper the viewing experience. If your lighting is causing a reflection even after careful placement, consider investing in non-reflective glass.
Don’t be afraid of colour
One fun tip is to take a group of black and white family photos and hang them on one wall, choosing simple frames, and painting them in a ‘wow’ colour such as hot pink, or bright red. However, watch out that you don’t mix too many patterns! The more important the art, the more important that it can be viewed without conflict of other objects, patterns and colour.
Title image credits: – Chelsea Pied À Terre by April Russell: The Art of Interiors, image courtesy of April Russell.
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