Sotheby’s International Realty has revealed some key steps to curating an art collection that not only speaks to the homeowner, but is displayed at its best.
Identify art taste. A minimalist may prefer just one or two pieces. A bona fide enthusiast might pepper a dwelling with an eclectic mix of paintings, photography and sculpture. Some things speak to the homeowner — and the homeowner alone. Instead of trying to conform to an idea of what should be in the art collection, homeowners should instead go for what instinctually draws them in.
Focus on mood. How should one feel walking into a room? Excited? Relaxed? Art can not only shape how a room looks, but also how it feels. Perhaps the wave-like quality of a smooth marble sculpture is reminiscent of peaceful shores, or maybe the mirrored shards of a mixed-media piece help shift one’s focus to self-reflection. Homeowners can embrace, amplify or transform moods with an art collection.
Frame it right. It isn’t just about an actual frame: It’s about what works within the space. Great arrangements draw in the eye and invite it to explore nearby, but loop it back to a focal point. Decide what that focal point would be: the art, a breathtaking view, a sculptural sofa, a prominent lighting fixture. Wherever the eye should start and finish, fill that area with complementary — but not overpowering — furnishings and works.
However the art is curated, it should reflect the homeowner’s personality and show another side to their life.
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