This week, I'm writing on how to install paintings in your rooms. First, like a recipe that uses quality ingredients and creates a wonderful meal, start by using QUALITY ART (all paintings in this blog are offered for sale by Anne Irwin Fine Art; just contact me for sizes and prices).
And, to clarify, all of the wonderful vignettes shown were installed by: PETRONILLA PEMBERTON, Visual Display Coordinator at Baker's Showroom at ADAC. Petronilla has a discerning and creative eye, and we talked about how I as a designer use some of her "tricks" of displaying art in my own installations.
Hanging a large painting over a sofa might sound simple, but you'd be surprised how many people hang art-over-sofas TOO HIGH! Measure the distance of the top of the sofa to the ceiling. Rarely will you install right in the middle; instead, "weight" the painting closer to the top of the sofa, 6 to 8 inches most-always works. BTW: same applies to hanging art over a bed.
Perhaps you have a small painting, framed or unframed, that just seems too small to hang on your walls. Try leaning it against a lamp or mirror; the light from the lamp with give it a nice, warm glow. You might want to place a book or small object to keep the painting from falling, OR just put the small painting on a black plate-stand.
And while we're on the subject of art and lamps, there is NOTHING WRONG with hanging a large painting behind a lamp. So the lampshade "covers" part of the painting: "Big Deal, only if you cover the artist's signature or an integral part of the painting do I see this as a problem."
3 Paintings from the Same Artist: you might like the idea of 3 small to medium-sized paintings instead of one large painting. AOK! Just space the paintings 4-6" apart from each-other; Voila!
3 Paintings, Different Artist: this can get trickier. Either experiment on a bare floor, arranging and spacing, OR, there's NOTHING WRONG with hiring an EXPERT (that would be I) when hanging wall art becomes anxiety-ridden or overwhelming. It's What I DO!
Maybe it's time to treat yourself to a new painting or two. Give me a ring (404-274-5091); I'd be happy to help!
Keep Calm And Invest In Fine Art!