I saw this recent houzz tour online (first two images from top) and was blown away by the stunning oversize art and dramatic placement. Getting abstract in the bathroom, why not?
When it comes to art, I am cut from the same cloth as this CA family, the bigger the better. We have a large painting in our living room right now and I would love to add some additional pieces to our collection. Rather than an accent wallpaper, or wall color, why not utilize the entire wall to hang a painting? You can easily swap it out if you change your mind on decor or buy a new sofa. Just pick it up and carry out, no need to repaint or paper.
A few things to consider before making your purchase:
-Measure your space. And then measure it again! I am a repeat offender of the incorrect measuring crime. Tall ceilings are usually necessary but not always a requirement.
-Think about lighting. Will it be near a window? Natural light is always best but not always possible. I love these battery powered lights for artwork and shelf detailing- we have them perched on top of the shelves in our office. The light we have over our living room painting is from Hudson, in the South End (last photo above). Hardwiring was an easy option here because the painting covered an outlet for a sconce that was removed. Getting an electrician in can be a pretty penny, so for me, battery is usually the way to go!
-Framing can either make or break a piece. Is the work vivid? Abstract? Less is often more when it comes to the frame. Antique, perhaps? Pick something that complements the composition and tone while meshing with your current space. My favourite local spot for all things frame is Framers Workshop in Brookline. They have great pricing, a huge selection, and will even walk you through building your own frames- much easier than it looks or sounds.
-Add the item to your homeowners or renters insurance policy, usually within 60-90 days from purchase. If it is worth investing in, it is worth protecting! I use Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers locally for insurance appraisals, but your insurance company can likely recommend someone.
-Transport! How? Will it fit? Can you package it to safely travel? Our painting is so large we could not fit it in our SUV. Or our friend's SUV. Or our other friend's SUV. Finally, like goldilocks, we found a truck that was just right (my father in laws oversize van). If that had not worked, we would have rented a van from U-Haul and moved it ourselves. Likewise, if you purchase from out of state, the gallery can often pack and ship or recommend someone reputable who can take care of this for you (for a fee).
-And most importantly, where to buy? If you read the blog with any frequency, you know I typically frequent Skinner Auctions in Boston for my art and antiques. The fine art department is stellar and they get an eclectic mix, from Warhol, to Picasso and everything in between. Is there a gallery you like? They can often work with a buyer to narrow down selections in line with their taste, that importantly, work in the home. Finally, there is another local lady doing amazing things for the art acquisition scene, Amelia Eichholz of Colour Bloc. She often shares finds on her own blog and has a way of making art infinitely approachable- from prints under 50.00 to fine art with a fine price tag. I always walk away from her site with a new idea or artist to check out.
Other places you like to look? Daydream? Let me know!