Selecting art is one of my favorite aspects of designing a room and it is typically last, unless I know it’s perfect for the space or the client has fallen in love with it. Perhaps it’s my love for art, but when I find that special piece, my heart begins to beat faster and I become so excited I can hardly contain myself. Many clients have confessed they feel intimidated and leave the decision up to me. They wonder if they’ve chosen the right piece, if will it suit their space or if will it be an investment or a loss.
Art has an emotional impact on us; like color, it can evoke feelings and moods. Have you ever walked through a museum and stopped in your tracks when a particular piece caught your eye? Although they paint different styles, Degas, Monet, Kline, Rothko, Max Beckman, Toulouse-Lautrec, Robert Delaunay are only a handful of artists that evoke feelings for me. I walk through Musée d’Orsay and Louvre with tears in my eyes at times because of the emotional impact some of the artwork has on me. I feel like such a nerd sometimes!
Art can bring out your room’s best features and should be chosen wisely. While getting a hair cut recently, some of the hair stylists and the salon owner were debating over a piece of artwork hanging in the salon. The stylists were giving their opinion and trying to convince the salon owner the piece did not go well and should be taken off the wall. The salon owner said he bought the painting because he liked it and decided to hang it in that spot to fill a void. Listening to the debate and hoping to stay out of the discussion, I had no such luck. Soon, my “professional” opinion was asked. I gave my honest opinion and the owner took down the painting. Although it was lovely, placing it in the wrong surroundings took away its impact and beauty. I also feel it took away some of its value. It didn’t complement the color, design and the size was too small so it made the space look awkward. Although the art wasn’t big in size, it made a big impact not in a good way.
Has any of the artwork in this post made an impact on you? Do you purchase art that makes you happy or has a special meaning, or do you struggle with choosing the right pieces?