ART­WORK AT WORK

Men's Style (Australia) - - Manual -

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.

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