Art helps to fill out and finish a space. But for some of us, we hesitate, we wait, we don’t want to spend the money, we don’t know what “counts” as art. Here are five of my favorite tips for finishing your space with art.
1. Get professional help
Use your local frame shop to create matching, custom frames for family portraits or art. In New York City, when I want to create something special for a client – a particular color, a curated collection, a dramatic size – I use Frames New York for their expert advice, workmanship, quality and service.
Already have the art, but feel overwhelmed by getting it up on the walls? I work with iLevel to install artwork in NYC client homes. Want advice on where to place art, and what type of art to consider? As an interior designer, this is something I love to do.
2. Art doesn’t need to be expensive or precious
A collection of rug beaters arranged in a modern space, a collection of sun prints (remember these from grade school?), anything brought together in a richly hued lacquered frame will create the right effect.
3. Use mementos
Something small and meaningful deserves a spot within your daily view. In my own home, I have a wall of family art – children’s drawing and photos mostly – hung in a prominent, yet private hallway. I also added a small seashell, collected at the site of an important family event.
4. Use color as your guiding force
If you’re stumped, think of a color you’d like to add to your room – just like an accent pillow, but much cooler, more unique, and meaningful.
5. Use a Favorite View in a Different Context
In my home we have many images connecting us to Sydney, Australia. One typical image is the Harbour Bridge on a perfectly sunny afternoon – which reflects the real place on many days. But one of my favorite images shows that same view on a wet and windy day – reminding me of the beauty of the architecture, beyond the sun and blue skies.
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