Thursday, November 15, 2012

Living with contemporary art

Now that you know that you want to decorate with art and lighten things up in your home, you need to know good ways of actually placing the piece. Where does it go best? How do I do it? Here are a few tips for dealing with the new addition to your home!
Framing and displaying

It will all depend on the particular piece that you have in your hands, whether is an sculpture or a painting. Let’s say for practical reasons that you have a painting. Yet, there’s a whole range within paintings, sizes, color schemes, too many things to consider!
Well, as far as framing goes, if you purchased the piece in a gallery, they will be the best advisors for this. If the piece is not already framed, they will tell you what type will go well with that particular item and maybe even the artist’s wishes for their art. It is up to you to follow those guidelines, but they’re usually right on the money.
Large pieces of edgy photography belong better mounted in acrylic, while stretched canvases don’t really need a frame at all.
If you made the conscious choice to purchase a contemporary art piece to go along with something in particular in your home, make sure to place it together. This will depend on your house’s dimensions, but as a general rule of thumb, in order to accompany or enhance features, they can be separated as much as six inches, especially for very large pieces.
As far as height, the piece should be hanged or placed at eye level. This is much more enjoyable.
Although the first place that comes to mind to place an art piece is the living room or even a foyer, don’t overlook wonderful other opportunities.
Bathroom and kitchens can hold their art. The more unexpected the place for the painting, the more thrilling the experience for guests. These spaces will call for much smaller pieces.
Your bedroom should be a sanctuary and for that, it is a space for complete relaxation. You do not want to get tired or overwhelmed when looking at something before going to bed. Pastel pallets or black and white or sepia photography is best.
The hallway is a great opportunity to go wild. Mix and match pieces of different sizes, frameworks and styles. Of course, don’t go too crazy! Keep the pieces of a same era, but mix the artists and color pallets.
A good tip on doing this is: cut up a piece of paper with the exact size as your hallway wall (or the amount of wall that you will use for hanging the paintings), lay it on the floor and put the frames; this way you can actually look at it, see what goes best where. Make marks with a pencil and tape the paper to the wall. After you put the nails in, you can slowly rip off the paper and you’ll have the exact location for your art!

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