ART THAT REALLY WORKS
So you have bought a new house or renovated an old one? One of your priorities, once you have ensured the boiler is working and the mail has been redirected, is what to put on the walls, writes Simon Round.
You will have some pictures from your old place, but you need to pay careful attention to what those paintings will look like on your new walls.
Gallery owner and interior design expert Kuldip Chohan believes that personal taste, while an important component in your decision, needs to be allied to other factors. He says that it is crucial to decide on what kind of mood you wish to create in any room before you commit yourself to buying new artwork. “Do you want it to be relaxed or upbeat? What is the sentiment that you are trying to create? After all, different rooms have different functions. You can identify a picture which aesthetically is very strong, but does not connect with the room.”
Chohan, the owner of Gallery Rouge in St Albans and Harpenden, Hertfordshire, adds that often his clients will see a painting they love, but choose not to buy it because it does not fit in with a room’s dynamic – or it may be the wrong dimensions or colour scheme.
Equally, he finds that people often go against their first impulse. “You would be surprised how many people think they have a preference and then actually choose something completely different. Nine out of 10 times they end up choosing something completely different from what they thought they would buy.” Above all, he suggests that you sit down and look at plenty of pictures and analyse what it is you like about some and dislike about others. “Actually seeing things you don’t like is as beneficial as things you do like. It’s important for clients to say ‘no I don’t like that’ and for me to say – ‘why don’t you like it?’. Then we can have a conversation about the things they actually do like and why.”