I loved this post from Huff Harrington. And, no they don't rep me...Yet!
Recently, at the kind invitation of one of our artists, we gave a presentation to a large group of artists, collectors and art enthusiasts at a prestigious club in Atlanta about breaking the rules when you’re buying art. We know there are lots of preconceived notions that people have about buying art, and we love to stir them up! Despite our initial jitters about speaking to such a grand audience (and a looming fear that some of our personal emails would pop up on the big screen while we were shuffling through slides!), we had a great time breaking the rules for this nice audience and decided to share the presentation with you.
So here are the top 10 rules we love to break when buying art — and the one overriding rule that we will never ever break.
Old Rule: A large room needs a large painting (and a large painting needs a large room). Wrong! Look how impactful it is when you put a large painting on a small wall, like hung between the two windows below:
Be impactful! Huge painting fills space between two windows, designed by William McLure, from Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles.
Be daring! Huge painting in small room creates drama, from The Minimalist blog
Set the tone, like this beautiful painting does in a Suzanne Kasler designed entry
from Elle Decor.
Old Rule: A small space needs a small painting, or small paintings need to be in small rooms. Wrong again! You can add visual interest by building around the painting, creating a collection of smalls on a big wall or hanging the painting alone on a big wall:
For a big space and a smaller painting, fill in around it! Painting by Andrea Costa in
Michael Ladisc’s home , from AH&L.
Have fun with it! Small painting creates drama and humor, from State of the Art blog
Layer groupings of small paintings or photographs on a shelf to create their own visual painting space, from State of the Art blog
Old Rule: Paintings need to be hung, over mantels, or consoles, or on walls. Wrong! You can have so much more fun and flexibility if you don’t limit yourself to just hanging art.
Who says you need to hang paintings on a mantel? Layer them, like William MclLure did
(from his website)
Or stack them … even in front of a window! From AH&L.
Or lean them on the floor, as Alabama designer Betsy Brown did (image from her website)
And by all means, hang them on a book shelf.
From Design Magnifique blog on Pinterest.
Old Rule: The style of the painting should match the style of the room, i.e. traditional art in a traditional decor and contemporary art in a modern decor. Really? That’s our favorite rule to break, because nothing looks better or creates more energy than a dynamic mi
Mix it up! Here we mixed 1950’s with a gorgeous 19th Century French chandelier (cut off from the pictures) and a beautiful floral painting by Nancy Franke. From Huff Harrington Home, Emily Followill photo.
“One makes the other sing.” – The wonderful mix of Louis mirror, Louis Philippe chest, and gorgeous modern abstract art from Theresa Girard and Angela Nesbit. Emily Followill photo.
The perfect marriage: Traditional art with a beautiful abstract painting by
Melissa Payne Baker, in AH&L.
Old Rule: Paintings should work with the theme of the room. You mean, nudes in bathrooms and still life paintings of fruits in a kitchen?
We love the mix of the 19th C. landscapes in a pretty, modern kitchen. From Country Living Magazine January 2016
And we’re crazy about the unexpected portrait of Uncle Herbert, among the kitchen utensils! From State of the Art blog.
Or the refreshing painting by Charles Ross, in this beautiful bathroom (belonging to Meg, and published in AH&L, photo by Erica Dines)
And why not turn your ‘loo into a shrine to art with floor to ceiling paintings, for the captive audience to enjoy? From Apartment Therapy blog.
Old Rule: Groupings should be of similar paintings or “Objets.” No again! We love the mix, and the more elements, the merrier!
Look at the fabulous mix of paintings, sculpture, mirrors, sconces, bas reliefs and other “objets” that fill the wall of designer Stephen Shubel’s previous apartment in Paris?
From Stephen Shubel’s website.
Or check out this wonderful grouping of paintings and objets from Atlanta designer Bob Brown, robertbrowninteriordesign.com
… and we love the humor and fun that accompanies this eclectic colletion of frames, creating a huge tableau of art. From Apartment Therapy.
Old Rule: Keep gallery walls symmetrical. We say, why?
Surprise ! There’s nothing symmetrical about this collection of disparate plates that create a warm and welcoming front hall statement in this home from “My Desired Home” blog.
Ditto for this impactful grouping of paintings by Bob Brown, again, from robertbrowninteriordesign.com.
Or check out the growing display of paintings from Bloglovin’. No excuse for running out of wallspace here! Just keep adding on organically to the wall and let it grow and grow.
Old Rule: You can’t match the sofa! Aha, gotcha. You know we’re supposed to tell you not to match the sofa, but guess what: There’s nothing wrong with it! We like our colors to work together, so whether the art drives the sofa (our preference of course!), or if the sofa drives the art, we’re good with matching — as long as you keep our number one rule that we never break in mind.
We love the way William McLure let the painting drive the color of the accessories
in this room.
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? We’ll have to ask William McLure again — but whichever it is, it’s fun, bright and stylish
(and what a great piece of art!). From WilliamMclure.com
And this interior from Brown Davis Interiors shows how much fun you can have matching colors of your room to a beautiful bold painting, pulling in unusual hues
like purple, orange and saffron.
Old Rule: If you don’t buy it now, the artist can always paint another one like it. Don’t believe that for a second! Just talk to any artist about how they feel about repainting a painting, and you’ll get the answer to that rule. Remember the paintings that got away from us? We’re still haunted by our desire to have them!
I’m still regretting Nancy Franke’s beautiful painting Clementine, that got away in 2008!
And the painting of “I Wish” by Lorraine Christie.
Those are our top 9 rules we love to break … and the one rule that we’ll never
Buy what you love! Because when you buy the art that you love:
Check out their website, https://huffharrington.com/. They are a great gallery and they rep two of my art friends...Nancy Franke and Charles Emery Ross. Enjoy!