Another important element of a home, one that is frequently treated as an afterthought, is art and the way it is displayed. Below are some inspiration images showing art being displayed in interesting and effective ways. In interior design, hanging art falls under accessorizing, something you do when the room is nearly complete, kind of adding jewelry to the room. On a project I recently worked on, we actually designed the room around a few pieces of pre-existing art. We selected the wall color, fabric and furniture all based on what would work best with the images. It turned out beautifully and is also a really effective way to create a room.
This final photo is of my mom’s house. As an amateur photographer, her art is constantly changing. In the past, everything constantly needed to be rehung. I solved the problem with picture rails. This way, she can change everything around with the seasons, monthly or whenever she finds something new to display. This photo was taken a couple years ago, it looks nothing like this now. I am working on getting her to use frames that are all the same color to give the display some unity – it is always a work in progress.
*Pardon the weird reflection on the wall, it is from the mirrored top of the coffee table. When ever I try to photograph an interior, I realize how brilliant professional architectural photographers are.