Take care to find best art­work for your home’s de­sign

The Palm Beach Post - Residences - - Front Page -

The art that you choose for your home will be one of the ma­jor fo­cal points in your decor. How­ever, the range in styles, medi­ums and col­ors is end­less and can make the task of se­lect­ing the right piece or pieces very chal­leng­ing. There are guide­lines that will help you to nar­row down the search. My first rule is that you love what you buy. Price is not nec­es­sar­ily a fac­tor ... a paint­ing from a new artist can make as big an im­pres­sion as the wellloved masters. Art is highly per­sonal; go with what speaks to you, and it will light up your home.

Take col­ors into con­sid­er­a­tion, as they set the mood for a room. Gen­er­ally, you will want calm, rest­ful shades for the bed­room, a scene that de-stresses you and pre­pares you for sleep. The liv­ing room is the place to hang art­work that com­ple­ments your per­sonal life in­ter­ests. More vi­brant hues and quirky sub­jects that fire up your imag­i­na­tion wel­come guests into your world. Think about dra­matic pieces for the din­ing room that tell a story, im­ages that beg to be dis­cussed, as they will draw out con­vivial con­ver­sa­tion with fam­ily and guests.

Be­fore you buy, take the time to scout out art gal­leries and sales, other peo­ple’s homes, mag­a­zine lay­outs and the In­ter­net. This will help to ed­u­cate you about what’s avail­able, and you will dis­cover what ex­cites you. Then take the di­men­sions of the wall or space where you in­tend to hang the art. Fol­low the shape of that space with your art to achieve bal­ance. Fill a long hall wall with ei­ther a wide, nar­row paint­ing or line up a se­ries of smaller pic­tures. Don’t be afraid to fill a wall with a large paint­ing. And keep the bal­ance with art hung over a fire­place man­tel.

To learn more about what’s on trend in the art world to­day, I spoke with Ami­tai Sas­son, vice pres­i­dent of mar­ket­ing and de­vel­op­ment for www.over­stockart.com, a busy and in­for­ma­tive on­line site that sells re­pro­duc­tions of the most pop­u­lar masters, in­clud­ing Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Klimt and De­gas. Their goal is to make copies of the most fa­mous and sought-af­ter works of art that look and feel as the artist in­tended. The repli­cas are each hand-painted in oils so that the smell, tex­ture and shine are rem­i­nis­cent of the orig­i­nals. Sas­son be­lieves that fine art is not just for the rich, and prices range from around $250 plus fram­ing to higher for cus­tom pieces. Frames link the art to the wall, and best com­ple­ment the room’s style. The site has frames and a tool whereby you can pick a room and see how your paint­ing choice will look hang­ing on the wall.

Shown here, a tra­di­tional, neu­tral liv­ing room is brought alive with French im­pres­sion­ist Claude Monet’s “Gar­den Path at Giverny.” The fa­mous set­ting is burst­ing with color and ren­dered in a size that fills the space ma­jes­ti­cally. Look­ing at a com­pletely dif­fer­ent style, the col­ors and form of sym­bol­ist painter Gus­tav Klimt’s bril­liant paint­ing “Mal­ce­sine on Lake Garda” are echoed in the shapely or­ange chairs and flo­ral dis­play be­neath it.

“Our liv­ing spa­ces change over time,” said Sas­son, “and so can our art. Be dar­ing with your art. Move it around, make a big state­ment.” And one fi­nal point: Be sure to light your art­work so that it is seen to ad­van­tage. This can be achieved with spots or am­bi­ent light. En­joy the process. It is ex­cit­ing!

Deb­bie Travis

House to Home

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.