Do you get chills down your spine when you purchase art and hang it on your wall? do you feel upset when not in contact with art? or do you secretly research about art in the middle of the night?
Larrys List, a leading art market knowledge company, created a list of signs that they believe determine that you have contracted the art collecting obsession:
✔️ You start converting your windows into walls to hang more artwork.
✔️ You have appeared to stop decorating your walls and instead take down older works to replace them with new ones.
✔️ You have multiple storage spaces.
✔️ When buying a painting you also buy the oil study and the drawing.
✔️ You stay up late at night to communicate with a gallerist in a different time zone to get information about artists.
✔️ You have attended more art fairs than your kids’ recitals.
✔️ You decide to get a second house to hang more works.
✔️ When visiting a new house, you only check whether there is enough wall space. The pool and backyard are no priority to you.
✔️ You have your art dealer/gallery on speed dial.
Can you relate to at least one? We believe that art collecting is not an obsession, it is a passion. But what to do if you run out of the walls? If the Artwork is good enough, you’ll find a place for it!
Well, firstly, you may need to adjust your mindset – your home is capable of much more than you give it credit. Small-space living is becoming an increasingly common way of life, be it out of choice or necessity, and while it may be tricky to navigate maximizing these spaces without making them feel cluttered, they offer lots of exciting opportunities alongside some unique challenges.
1. Incorporate Artwork Into Bookshelf Displays. If the shelves are open, you can hang pictures on the wall within the confines of the furnishing, and the rectangular and square bookshelf compartments will nicely frame your artwork. You can also put some framed art on top of the shelves.
2. Get creative with the layout and take advantage of narrow spaces for mini-galleries. If you have several smaller pieces you love, group them in a gallery style. The key to a successful gallery wall is selecting art pieces that evoke a consistent mood. Hang the pieces in either a grid format or an organic, free-flowing formation.
3. Hang art in unexpected places.
Smaller spaces are deceptively well suited to a growing art collection; they simply require a little extra creativity. Art is a great way to employ colour and design to trick the eye into perceiving space as bigger than it is. A few cleverly curated paintings can have a truly profound impact on even the tiniest of homes.
If you're not sure what to hang where or how to use your limited wall space wisely, don't worry! Contact us to get a free art consultation to select art that will make an impact in your space.