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Is there a ‘right’ way to use art in in­te­ri­ors?

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Peo­ple tend to fall into types when it comes to art. The first chooses works to match their decor; an­other makes their in­te­ri­ors suit the art. You can, of course, be a lit­tle of both. But re­gard­less of whether you’re hang­ing flea mar­ket finds or old masters, there are a few tips to en­sure your choices cre­ate max­i­mum im­pact.

1 Only buy art you love. You prob­a­bly aren’t the one who forked out nearly half a mil­lion for Goldie’s Kapi Kapi (an Arawa Chief­tai­ness) last month but, if you were, one would hope you’re cur­rently sit­ting at home eye­balling it. What you hang on your walls should give you — and your guests — a buzz ev­ery time you look up. The art in your home tells a story: yours.

2 Be open to dif­fer­ent medi­ums. Mix oils with pho­to­graphs, prints with tapestry, weav­ing with wa­ter­colours.

3 Step out­side your usual “likes”. Con­sider con­tem­po­rary pieces for tra­di­tional in­te­ri­ors and vice versa. It is ex­cit­ing to step into a room dec­o­rated in swags and tails that he­roes a beau­ti­ful, mod­ernist ab­stract.

4 Don’t skimp. You might not be able to af­ford a pro­fes­sional to hang paint­ings but spend­ing money on qual­ity fram­ing can make in­ex­pen­sive prints look pre­mium.

5 Hang prop­erly. Use qual­ity hooks to keep works straight and hang at eye level — the cen­tre of the work should be about 1.5m from the floor, which is a lot lower than peo­ple think. Hang­ing at the right

Lean­ing art­work against the wall, rather than hang­ing, adds a touch of in­for­mal­ity to a well-dec­o­rated room. The right choice of wall colour can pro­vide the per­fect back­drop. Walls and shelves in Du­lux Goy­der Green and trims in St Clair Quar­ter.

height con­nects the paint­ing with the main fix­tures of the room — fur­ni­ture, etc — adding bal­ance and cre­at­ing har­mony.

6 Be care­ful about co-or­di­nat­ing. It’s nat­u­ral to con­sider match­ing art to a room, but con­trast is of­ten a bet­ter com­ple­ment. If you love your art, you might not want it to meld into the back­ground. Tracey Strange

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