Five common problem spaces and how art fixes them

by | Apr 24, 2018 | Decorating Tips | 0 comments

Whether you are building, buying or decorating your home, they will all share common problems – walls, and your need for inspiration!

Did you know that some walls can be incredibly hard to decorate?  Walls like pesky stairwells and art niches, tall skinny walls or super-sized walls as found in large rooms with cathedral ceilings and what on earth is going to be the best solution for that TV Wall?

Getting the right fit helps, but you will also want art that expresses, well, YOU and, you will want a “Wow!” to exude from anyone who enters the room! Absolutely!

So, how do you get those desired oohs and ahhs and where do you start?  Did you know that many interior designers begin with art as inspiration?  Art does so much for your décor and how you feel about your space.

Your ideal artwork will define your colour palette and confirm the layout of the room, i.e. informal or formal. Art is vital for establishing the style of your area be it minimalist, mid-century modern or art deco!

Art will illustrate the theme of your room in keeping with its purpose, i.e. a cuisine theme for your kitchen dining area. Art done right will add missing elements to your decor like texture, contrast and soul and art can create relevance for you and your family. What could be more beautiful than having artwork that is all about your favourite holiday destination!

Here are five common problems that most people struggle with, most of which are resolved through merely commissioning art:

  1. Lounge room walls – Hanging a grouping of items over a lounge may fight with the many lounge cushion shapes, so simple is best, one large artwork that will act as your focal point! To work out your artwork size, place markers on your wall relevant to its shape and scale, i.e. landscape for landscape.  Measure the canvases bottom roughly 20cm (two fist heights) above your furniture and its top lining up with a window/door architrave to create a streamlined grouping – not a disconnected artwork floating up in space. Take the canvas’s edges to the ends of your lounge suite. A typical artwork above a three seater may be 180cm x 90-100cm. If your wall is much broader than your lounge, measure artwork to fit the wall proportionately and plan to place side tables under the artworks overhangs to balance the overall grouping.  Always dress the wall first! Choose a frame that matches your timber and/or metallic accents to pull the entire scheme together. Your artworks frame is the jewellery for your decor, linking to your timber and metallic finishes, never leave it out!
  1. Dining Room Walls – The latest trend for dining rooms is to hang an artwork that is longer and slightly deeper than your dining room table! This technique creates a fabulous and hugely impressive backdrop for you and your awed guests. Never hang a mirror over a lounge or dining table as you will see backs of heads and yourself talking, which is most distracting and a wasted opportunity! Another idea is to have a mural hand painted that will create a gorgeous atmosphere and increase future sales appeal. Hand-painted murals are so much more exciting and value adding than wallpaper which often, still requires art. Do it once and do it right!
  1. High ceilings – Cavernous spaces are the result of high ceilings and can prove extremely challenging to dress. The solution is not only a canvas proportioned to the wall, its height and architectural lines, but in the design of the artwork itself through line and the distribution of tone. A series of horizontal lines or shapes nearer the bottom of your artwork will draw the eye down away from the height of your ceiling as will having the darkest areas of tone down low, so it does not feel top heavy.Much of decorating is about leading the eye around the space through lines, shapes and colour vibrancy and art plays a significant role, all easily done through paint!
  1. TV Walls – The problem with TV walls is that usually furniture and TV placement presents a low staggered arrangement of shapes contrasted against the wall’s height. TV furniture configurations tend to cause a top-heavy, upside down u-shape void above them that annoys the heck out of you and is nigh impossible to dress! The best solution is a hand-painted Murals designed for TV walls will ideally be asymmetrical, meaning that both sides of the wall will be different, but overall, balanced. With a mural, there is no need to hang art, no need for wallpaper and it will be awe-inspiring! Ooh and ahh!
  1. Art niches – Pesky art niches are defined shapes built into your wall, be it from ceiling to floor or a confirmation like 50 x 100cm and 10cm deep. If its very deep, that is where you place sculpture. Art niches are not where you hang a cluster of family photos!  Whatever your niche size, it is always the hallmark of a formal space and typically requires an artwork with formal For instance, one niche centred on a wall will best suit art with a centrally balanced composition. It is about going with what is already established to achieve a streamlined result. Having your canvas built, so that its edges are equidistant to its shape is the only way to perfect your art niche.
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