Display Art Like a Pro
Buy art you love and surround yourself with it. Learn interior designers' tricks for creating stunning art displays throughout the home.
By: Anne Krueger
The painting's subject matter in this Ammie Kim-designed dining room is perfect for a dining area. The frame picks up the golden tones that are used throughout the room and the art is hung at the perfect height (just slightly above eye level of seated diners).
Frame It Up
Designer Elissa Russo creates this hallway focal point with a photograph in a burled wood-trim frame to connect architecturally to the antique chest underneath. Alone, the photo would have been too small, floating in space above the heavy piece of furniture. But the trim, and the carefully placed objects underneath, create a stunning scenario.
Designer Simon Temprell demonstrates how art can transform a plain-Jane space. The Renaissance-era painting in a dramatic, gilded frame and the oversized candelabra sconces bring instant character to the room.
Sometimes it's a struggle to find the right kind of art for the bathroom. A common theme is to go nautical, but we prefer the modern mesh sculpture in this bathroom designed by architect Andreas Charalambous. The figural sculpture is hung from airplane wire so it moves gently, creating different shadows throughout the day, thanks to a skylight above. The mesh also nicely complements the charcoal-gray slate floor.
Sometimes one really is better than two when it comes to art. It's tempting to hang twin photos or paintings behind a bed, like one per pillow. But one larger piece — in this case a modern graphic on a primitive sign — adds a punch of color and drama to the monochromatic color scheme created by designer Gregory Augustine.
Living With Art
A statuary is the star against the cool blue walls of this 1920s Tudor cottage living room designed by Jaymes Richardson and Don Raney. For all the drama of the statue, the vessel on the mantel and the wall sconce, the result is surprisingly inviting and comfortable, and not at all staged.
The size and clarity of a white mat against a wide black frame is what makes this abstract art so right for this space designed by Ann Wisniewski. The mat connects with the surrounding woodwork, the black grounds the piece and the colorful art picks up on colorful accents around the room.
On the Lowdown
This bedroom corner, designed by Gregory Augustine, provides a comfortable spot to rest and read in the afternoon. But, notice the interesting placement of the artwork. Art was hung below the windowsill to be enjoyed at eye level while seated. It's a great idea that adds sophistication to comfort.