Choosing the right space for a painting is always an interesting challenge. I had the opportunity to exercise my “visiting rights” of a large work in an art collector’s home recently. This painting is across from an open staircase and allows the viewer to see it easily at various heights from up and down the stairs as well from various locations in the open plan room. The ability to basically shift the viewers perspective from sitting to standing, depending on where they are on the stairs works extremely well.
Have you ever considered how art work in your rooms will be mostly be viewed?
Will people be transitioning from one room to another?
Will they often be sitting on chairs or sofas?
Is it a standing working area or an entrance?
Does the work require a brief glance to “get it” or does it require time to study and contemplate?
What is the work’s purpose in the room?
Does the work calm or energize?
Is the art of significance by itself or has it been paired to support other decorative aspects of a room? Or both?
Just a few quick thoughts to bring to your art collecting mindset when choosing where to hang a painting. Maybe these questions will lead to a whole shift of the art in your home or office? A fresh review of the work possibly?
I am happy to assist with hanging and arranging art if and when I can. Sometimes in challenging spaces, I even bring paintings to homes for a “trial hang” or if a collector is just not quite sure how a painting is going to work. Of course, I generally try to avoid this option if plane tickets are involve. But the new augmented reality tool I mentioned last issue might be of assistance in these situations as well. Something to keep in mind.
Note: normally we don’t want to hang an original painting above a fireplace. In this case the fireplace is highly functional and as well as seldom used, leaving the painting at minimal risk of damage.