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Decorating With Wall Art

August Newsletter

Wendy_Altshuler_G_025Artwork, as a decorating element, often becomes an afterthought for many people. But it really should play a larger role. It is usually the final detail added to a finished room. Among the various forms that it takes are paintings, photos, posters and wall sculpture. The choice or choices you make should be based upon your own personal taste.

If you want to hang one-dimensional artwork on a wall or walls, you should pay attention to the colors of the mats and frames. With the right matting, fillet and frame, you can dress up even a simple photo or poster and turn it into something special and unique. It’s important to select framing elements that work well with the piece of art as well as with the fabrics, flooring and furniture in the space.

Working with a design professional will help pull the whole room together. If you choose the right colors, the visual impact will amaze you so much so that when you stand back and look at the finished room, you will experience that “aha” moment.Wendy_Altshuler_F_004

The first rule, though, is to choose what you love. Art is often the interior design element that most closely reflects who we are and what we’re passionate about. Also remember that if you find something you truly love but it doesn’t quite work in the room, the fix might be as easy as changing some other elements, like wall colors or curtains. The same holds true for art that you might already own. If you still like a particular piece of art, but it doesn’t seem quite right anymore in the new space, all it might need is some freshening-up such as adding a new frame, fillet and mat.

Art can be a great way to add depth and dimension to a room. Sculptural or three-dimensional pieces can add texture and movement to otherwise somewhat ordinary spaces.

For example, the photo below was taken in my client’s home. We added excitement to a master bathroom with older tile by hanging three large bronze flowers on the wall. The freshness of the art caused the eye to focus on it, effectively causing the old original tile to disappear. This is another example of how art can transform the ordinary into something extraordinary.