ASSESS YOUR SPACE
We get so used to living in our homes that sometimes it’s difficult to see the forest for the trees. Maybe it’s time to take a fresh look. Walk out your door and around the block then enter your home as if you are seeing it for the first time. Stand in place and notice what your first impression is. Notice the most prominent features of the room. Do you see clearly to walls? Do you notice furniture, art, lighting, flooring, stairs or other features first? Identify what you think may be the most visually dominant space in the room. It may be a perfect feature wall for your personal art collection.
As you look around your room, identify the things in the room that most feel like “you.” Do you love the color of the sofa? Do you love the openness? Do you love the fabric of the window treatments? Consider what it is that you love about your room. Ask yourself, “Does this room reflect who I am and what’s important to me?” If your answer is no, perhaps its time to consider some changes. Find the focal points in the room. For example, a large wall behind a sofa, a narrow wall at the end of a hallway, a gallery space in a long corridor or a space above a fireplace. Simply rearranging the furniture can open up the room or bring attention to a wall you may have overlooked. Try a few arrangements and remember it’s the furniture, you can always move it back.
FIND OUT WHAT INSPIRES YOU
You may have a few treasured pieces of art. They might be a family portrait, a painting you purchased on vacation or an original work created by a dear friend. These things are important to work into your plan. Pull your art images off the walls and begin to bring the ones you love together in a collection on the floor.
Ask yourself, “What do all these images have in common?” It may be color, texture, form, subject matter or that they all relate to a common theme, like family or nature. Identifying what you love will help you learn what inspires your choices.
BUILD YOUR ART COLLECTION
Now that you’ve identified the images you want to retain in your collection it’s timeto build on that collection in a meaningful way. Remember what it was about your art that inspired you. Perhaps it’s themes like, vintage, family, or rustic images with warm colors. Now you’re ready to search for new images to bring you collection together. You may want to plan for each wall or section of wall by arranging the
art you already have on the floor first, then noting the spaces you need to fill.
FRAMING AND ARRANGING
Once you’ve brought your collection together, it’s time to make some decisions about mating and framing. You may want to use your existing art as a basis for your new purchases. For example, if the pieces you already own are framed in warm wood tones, then you may want to continue along that path and even expand upon it by adding some wood frames with just a bit of gilding. You can build a collection that is substantially similar or one that uses a very loose theme of “wood frames” as the element that holds it all together.
Consider mats and frames that enhance the art rather than distract from it. If you are unsure, simpler approach can be better. The Fashion and Canvas site will show you the outside dimensions of the framed art piece so you can plan to display your art work on the walls with confident precision! Deciding how to group your art also requires some skills. The best way is to lay everything out on the floor to create just
the right mix of work. Keep a tape measure handy to ensure that your new arrangement will fit perfectly on your wall.
SEE YOUR HOME WITH A FRESH PERSPECTIVE
Once you’ve hung your collection, it’s time to revisit the first phase of your journey. Leave your home, walk around the block and reenter your new, refreshed environment! Did your changes help your house feel more like a personal home Does your art reflect you, your family, your lifestyle, dreams and ambitions? I hope so! Let art inspire all who enter your home.