Art as Decoration

Whenever possible, we love to get involved in the art curation of the design projects we take on. And the time at which a piece of art is introduced to a home is always different. Sometimes we are working with a client that has been collecting for some time, and in this case, we carefully consider their pieces from the beginning of the project, sensitive to the color and material of each and how it relates to the interiors we are creating. Other projects begin with virtually no art and we are tasked with helping the client amass a collection. While the color, pattern, shape and texture of the furnishings, wall coverings, and floor coverings always reflect the client’s interests and tastes, often times the truest representation of their personalities and interests comes through the art on their walls; it’s what makes each space feel so unique. In this woman’s study we designed for an executive who often works from home, we were able to pull off a black blue paint color knowing that the artwork on the prominent wall would be this bold and graphic composition.In Lauren’s apartment, she and her husband have a growing collection of contemporary art and are constantly putting new pieces up and rearranging old ones. On one wall they paired a large Jonas Wood print next to a watercolor by Kim McCarty. For the Hampton’s Showhouse Entry and staircase, we selected the work of Nathan Coe, a  Nantucket based photographer, specializing in fine art and fashion photography.For a well-traveled gentleman’s study upholstered in chocolate brown linen, we hung the work of Edward S. Curtis, an American photographer whose work focused on the American West and on Native American people.In this family room for a house in Carroll Gardens Brooklyn, we curated a collection of 19th century Japanese woodblock prints of braided knots, framed them cohesively and hung them in a tight grid. In this serene, quiet bedroom, the work of photographer Roni Horn mounted above the mantel has a calming effect. It is paired with a smaller painted piece by Lily Ludlow on the opposing wall.In a Greek Revival style house with a relatively traditional living room, we selected this large framed Josef Albers “Homage to the Square” from the 1970’s. It was just what the room needed to throw things off-balance.Thinking about how you can enhance your interiors with art is really important. At the end of the day, it’s about finding pieces you love, that mean something to you. You’ll cherish them forever and always find a place for them in your home!

  • Kate Wolin

    Have loved Kim McCarty’s work from the moment I saw it on the cover of Bodies of Work. Fun to see it in a home!

  • Chris

    Some great ideas for using art as decorations. Thanks!