Displaying Art

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.

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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.

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About sanctuaryhome

The Sanctuary Home blog was created in May 2009 to augment my interior design business, Jamie Foley Interiors. Below is the design philosophy that guides my business and this blog. A beautiful house isn’t a home unless it speaks to its occupants and fits their lifestyle in appropriate and unique ways. I believe that design can be approached in two ways. The first is from the gut, what feels right. The second is from a logical methodical perspective. I design using the second approach. I feel that having a reason why a piece is selected, having similar elements in the room or throughout the home makes it feel unified even if the similarities are not obvious to the casual observer. It makes a home feel special and contemplative. Building the interior of a home is a process. I create a plan for investment pieces that will last a lifetime, filling in with less expensive, less important pieces that can be replaced when they wear out or look dated with additional investment pieces or of the moment trendy items that update the home. Using vintage or antique pieces with new grounds a home. If everything in a home is new, it feels like a model home, it has no soul. If you use all old pieces, if feels like you live in a garage sale. The beauty is in the mix. Creating timeless interiors involves using pieces from all design styles. It gives the home a layered look and allows a home to look as if the pieces have been acquired over time. Using furniture from all one style or period makes a home look fussy and intimidating. I look forward to working with clients with all budgets and design aesthetics to create a home that special to their family. I encourage clients to express their individuality throughout the entire design process, this ensures your home fits your needs and will delight you every time you walk through the door.
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One Response to Displaying Art

  1. that first photo made my heart skip a beat!

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