The proper decoration of a gallery enhances the visual experience of the presented art. For the art lover, the right display of pieces adds to the enjoyment of a work. Whether it's a sculpture, painting or photographic piece, the environment in which it is placed makes a difference in overall quality.
When decorating a gallery, one of the first considerations is the type of work being displayed. For modern art displays, create parallel lines in the room. Select one wall to display all or most of the works. Frame your art in all the same size frames and hang in straight lines, centered on the wall. Leave out further decoration around the art on the selected wall. This stark look emphasizes the modern look. If the wall feels too bare, consider painting thin stripes on the wall above and below the art. Center the lines between the top of the paintings and the ceiling and between the bottom of the paintings and the floor. Pick a color from one of the art pieces for the lines to complement the work.
For the art lover whose tastes range from modern to classic to impressionist styles, asymmetrical decorating is an option. This style of decor allows for different size frames for painted or photographic works and leaves room for statues and other art forms. Mix and match different size pictures along one main room. Intertwine lighting or candle sconces or other wall decorations between the works to give a visual divider. Place furniture such as buffet tables or tall end tables along the wall under the art. Decorate the tables with small statues or knickknacks. This busy appearance may be counteracted with an opposite plain wall and small, nondistinctive type furniture.
Best Seat in the House
When decorating a gallery, seating is often an issue. Chairs and other types of seating are typically arranged so that viewing of the art is possible. Using large traditional family-type furniture may make this difficult to achieve. Consider dropping the sofa and loveseat and go for small padded armchairs. Small rocker-recliners or Victorian style chairs can be arranged in a semicircular form so that all present may have a visual aspect of the chairs and the other people in the room. The addition of small tea or coffee style tables gives the room a more finished look. If the gallery is filled with pop art, consider stepping completely out of the box and selecting beanbag chairs. These floor seats will give a different view of the presented art while keeping with the genre of the art.
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