The Dallas Morning News recently asked me to chime in on collecting art and how to budget for it. Most of my clients worry about finding art that really pulls the space together without breaking the budget. Not everyone wants to spend a large percentage of their budget on art, so finding pieces that look like a million bucks is always the task. Most of the time we end up using smaller pieces on canvas or even simply framed to make a statement. I love layering with the smaller pieces of art on bookshelves, behind an awkwardly scaled lamp or accessory on a table and even inside nooks that need a bit of color.
“There is no right or wrong way to collect art in my opinion. If you love it, invest in it. And the reality is that something is only worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it”
Personal pieces are my favorite. Try adding artwork from your children or special pieces that you find out shopping, it really does bring a personal aspect to the space. If you have something laying around but the size isn’t right, frame up your favorite part of the piece and let it take on a whole new look.
Grouping a few of your favorite pieces together is another way to visually fill the space without having to worry about finding a large pieces. It is a great way to add pattern and color within the right scale for a small or oddly shaped space.
Don’t overlook the opportunity to do something custom and unique to you and your space. There are quite a few illustrators and artist that can be found on etsy.com and digging around through Pinterest will also expose you to artist that can create something personal for your space.
Going big can also be fabulous! I love the impact that one or more large scale pieces can make in a room. Going big can be a bit more of an investment, but wow does it look fabulous!!