Art In Interiors
- Posted on , by David Bjørngaard
Artwork is the central focus to many of our interiors. With pure and elegant designs for interiors, we create spaces that enhance, organize and provide sophisticated backgrounds to art, and our client’s lives. Here are a few of our tips for living with art.
Art sets the stage. A quiet mix of materials, colors and textures allows for artwork to take center stage and animate a space. This is effective for clients with existing collections, and those looking to explore and purchase artwork.
Focal points. I often use artwork as focal points, drawing our eye to help guide one’s progression through space. Long hallways, entry paths, exterior views with trees (or sculpture) can be useful tools.
Contrast art with color and pattern. A dynamic dialogue can be created with a mix of color, pattern, scale and collectible furniture, often expressing deeper interests of the client. The result can be a visually rich and compelling space, expressive of the joys of collecting.
Quiet moments. Smaller pieces can best be appreciated in isolated moments, often to be viewed up close. Intimate spaces created in larger rooms are ideal locations for art, helping to provide focus and clarity.
Accentuate art with color. Sometimes more is more! And rather that overpowering a room, an enveloping space of color and texture can really make a room come alive.
Gallery setting. Installing art in a way that allows for life to be lived is key to a successful collection, whether it is one painting a group of pieces. By creating useful pieces that serve dual function, art and life can be mixed with ease.
Getting started. My client-centered process of design is one of discovery and deeper conversation about aesthetic preferences, which translates easily to starting to think about buying art. I encourage my clients to visit (now virtually) museums and art galleries, recommend a particular piece for a space, or enlist the involvement of an art advisor.
Working with collectors. An art collection helps jump start my creative involvement on a home design, by bringing the clients personality into interior focus. I like to tailor interiors to showcase clients’ existing artwork, often using artwork as the basis for determining colors, guiding furniture arrangements, and defining space. I’m also interested in creating different moods in interiors, and artwork can be used to create a rhythm in space.
David Bjørngaard, September 2020
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