ARTWORK AT WORK
What’s on your walls sends a message — and you don’t want that message to be that you need a cheesy motivational poster in order to get your work done. Here’s what to aim for.
• Avoid extremes: You don’t want boring reproductions of masterpieces and bland landscapes that belong in a waiting room, nor do you want art that’s so bold it
becomes distracting. • Consider the context. If your office is modern, minimalist, and white (think creative director), opt for bright colours in your wall art. If you have a darker, more traditional office with lots of wood (think lawyer), look for art with rich jewel tones, like sapphire blue or emerald green.
• Consider scale. Don’t place one small piece on a large blank wall. Decide between a statement wall, which has one bold image, and a gallery wall, which has a collection of small similar-themed pieces in interesting arrangements.
• Try a vintage ad. Not a shiny reproduction poster, which looks cheap, but an original oversized lithograph that highlights an interest, like an ad for cars, cigars, skiing, or a travel destination. The depth of colour in these vintage prints can’t be matched by modern-day printing; try internationalposter.com.
• Invest in an emerging artist. Showcasing art from a young artist or photographer you discovered is an easy conversation starter, so read up on him or her online first. Buying contemporary work is a bit of a gamble in terms of financial return on your investment, so it’s best to buy something you genuinely want to see every day, not something you’re hoping will increase in resale value. A good source of emerging artists’ work is affordableartfair.com.