Things I Love: Oversize Art
For the second installment in my month of “Things I Love”, I thought I’d talk of my love of art, specifically as it relates to interiors, and since there are so many schools of art I love, when choosing art work for myself or a client, I have just one rule: The Bigger, The Better.
Some clients already have works of art they love, and I will always incorporate those pieces into their homes. For other clients, owning art has never really crossed their minds, so I always encourage them to leave room in the budget for large pieces of art as nothing anchors a room like a large painting.
A great way to bring large-scale art into a room without wondering how you’ll get the canvas through the door, is to hang multiples that will create the look of one large piece. .
Most of us don’t inherit tapestries that our grandfather commissioned Picasso to make like the Rockefellers did, but colleges with art classes have at least one sale a year of student art, usually at Christmas time, or the end of spring semester. A great way to pick up unique art for a reasonable price, and who knows, maybe you’ll discover the next Picasso!
Another great way to bring in art is via large-scale photography. If you have an eye for photography, you can even have your own photos blown up and printed for a relatively affordable price. There are also numerous sources online for fine art photographers, and you can custom select the size, remembering my one rule of the thumb, The Bigger, The Better!
Remember, to be creative, it’s art after all, and don't be afraid to mix your media, too. Too many paintings can be overwhelming, so in the home I designed with Drew Scott on HGTV’s Brother vs. Brother, I hung a giant East Indian latticework grille in the small breakfast area. I really loved this touch of the unexpected in a coastal retreat.
For more artful inspiration, please visit my “Oversize Art” Pinterest Board!