Interiors advice - pieces of art are important in bringing a home design together

PUBLISHED: 00:52 22 May 2013

art with sofa

art with sofa


Pieces of art are important in bringing a home design together says Justine Kirkham head of design at James Brindley, Harrogate

More and more people are favouring neutral-toned backgrounds and fabrics punctuated by colourful accents. The role of artwork and accessories to inject excitement, bringing visual interest to a scheme, has taken on greater importance. A lively abstract painting housed in a simple, razor-thin frame looks neat and trim against neutral walls.

In today’s interiors, the use of art is as much about the manner in which it is presented as it is the style or character of the content. An empty wall, alcove or table are great backdrops to display art. Remember to keep it proportional. Large pieces that fit snugly into an alcove look better than smaller ones that look abandoned in a lofty space.

Traditionally, art has been displayed as a focal point for a room, such as large pictures in ornate frames placed over fireplaces. Today there are more imaginative and unexpected ways to display art, such as in a bathroom or by creating an area with many different pieces of art grouped together. Collections of smaller pieces can be used in overlooked, awkward places, such as hallways and office nooks. This adds interest to utilitarian or transitional smaller spaces and integrates a room into the rest of the house.

If you prefer to group images on a wall, try to keep your frames in co-ordinating sizes and finishes so as not to overpower the desired effect. The best backdrops are subtle, understated and flattering. I worked with a photographer who liked to display style of homeowners. The beauty of art, apart from the aesthetics, is that it can be used to create a harmonious flow throughout a home.

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