Curating your Art Collection

Rooms in museums and galleries are carefully curated to draw the eye in a specific way, to create a story in each viewer’s mind. As an art collector, you have a similar ability to curate your home — the careful placement of each art piece has the ability to convey an emotion, energy or story.

With each new art piece, consider where in your house it could go and why — how is the room furnished? What is the light like? How do you want to feel within this room? Will the art be a conversation starter, or more subtle?

1. Start with a Blank Slate

To start fresh, paint your walls white or another neutral tone to allow the eye to focus solely on the artworks. In addition, try to maintain a consistency with framing. For example, if you collect photographs, have them all in a black frame with white mat to create unity.  In addition to not overwhelming the art, consistent framing ties the pieces together, providing a blank slate to let the artwork speak for itself.

Similarly, within each wall or room, stick to one color palette. While the pieces don’t all have to be the same color, there should be some aesthetic cohesion between the works, tying colors together to generate a sense of unity within the collection with a rhythm and theme that feels whole.

2. Stick to a Theme

There are a myriad of ways to hang your artwork — each visual option will deliver different sensations and reactions. More dramatic pieces should be in pronounced areas of the home (like a stairwell or entryway) to create focus the eye.  As if your wall was a dinner party, consider how well will the artworks sit together, and examine what each piece brings to the visual conversation. There may be themes within the works, or similar styles or materials used.

3. Be Organized

If you’d like to hang multiple pieces on the same wall, it is helpful to start at the top of the wall, keeping the tops of frames in a straight line. Working your way down the wall, make sure there are even gaps between each art piece.

Curating a gallery wall or home will take time and find the right pieces. Don’t compromise, and always keep your eyes open for emerging artists in school, art fairs, and art exhibitions. No matter how you decide to curate your collection, it will reflect your taste and eye — take time to try different combinations, and don’t be afraid to change things around! If you want additional support, or a professional’s opinion, please contact us!

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