Frame by frame - Interior design for art collections

Our new design studio at the White Hart is almost ready for us to move into and as we add the finishing touches, it got me thinking about art – or more specifically about displaying art collections in the home.


It is always an exciting challenge when a client has an art collection as it is often the catalyst for determining the mood and colour palette of a design scheme. The key to success is to harness the dramatic impact which art can create. For example, when thoughtfully positioned, large pieces can draw the eye through the spatial sequence, as we did in the London apartment pictured below. In the same way, grouping works of a similar size and tonal range creates a whole that feels larger than the sum of its parts.

Pared back schemes can benefit from an injection of colourful and eclectic pieces.  When creating this look in the home, the key is not to hang artworks too high – my grandfather was a painter and I learned it’s best to appreciate paintings at eye level. I also relish the opportunity to source pieces that compliment a collection. One of my favourites is the antique tapestry painting which I found for our clients at Riverside Townhouse. It has a wonderful richness of character and brings depth to the scheme with details picked up in the fabrics and upholstery.

Fingers crossed, I’ll be able to share the latest photos our of new studio at the White Hart next month - watch this space or follow me on Twitter @emmasimsh

Warm wishes,
Emma

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