Housing an art collection in a way that is both elegant and personal can be a challenge – especially if you have eclectic tastes, or are combining your works with that of a partner. April Russell, of 'April Russell: The Art of Interiors,' shares her invaluable advice for displaying artwork within the home.
1. Choosing the Right Pieces. Artwork is incredibly personal to the individual, and is a wonderful way of sharing a piece of yourself with the room
that you are in. For me, the first rule of being an art collector is to choose
pieces that you truly love, and feel you can’t live without. This will make
hanging each piece easier, as you will want to see it every day.
Location, Location. There are a
number of important factors to take into account when considering how best to
display your works, especially if you have a large collection, limited space,
or are combining your own taste with that of another. Perhaps most importantly,
you must always take the entire room into account, in order to create a
seamless viewing experience – remember this is your home, not a showroom – and
carefully consider the placement of every piece.
Before You Hang. Something I like to do is to start by laying out each
piece according to where they would ideally hang. Doing this allows the
opportunity to stand back and reflect upon your choices and, even more
importantly, to change your mind. Details that are often overlooked are very
important when placing a piece – is the view completely unobstructed? Is the
lighting good enough to appreciate the details? Does the art fit with the
surrounding décor? If your answer to any of these questions is no, consider a
different location. Remember that placement is key – large pieces need a lot of
space, while smaller pieces can be hung together.
4. The Importance of Framing. In regard to
aesthetics, the framing of a canvas can make all the difference. It is worth
every penny to get the proportions and design right for a specific piece, and I
always recommend choosing a frame that matches the era of the art it is
housing, in order for the piece to truly shine. Lighting is also
extremely important – avoid shadows, and ensure there is no glare. If glare is
an issue, consider investing in non-reflective glass!
5. Experiment. A fun tip is take a group of black and white family photos and hang them on one
wall, choosing simple frames and painting them in a ‘WOW’ colour such as hot
pink or bright red – a wonderful, yet simple, way of expressing individuality –
something I find to be incredibly important in both artwork and interiors.