The art we love
When a home is being refurbished and interior design is underway, it is the art that people often immediately focus on when they enter a room, writes Dr Vanessa Brady OBE, International Interior Designer
When a home is being refurbished and interior design is underway, it is the art that people often immediately focus on when they enter a room. The overall ambience is created by the colours of the décor, the scale of the room, ceiling height, size of windows, etc. However, as you enter a room, it is the space that surrounds the items within it that gives a feeling of luxury or presence or cosiness, safety etc. It is only when a designer has left (or in association with the owner) that the personal touch emerges.
The owners personality is often stamped on a property or in a room within a home through family photographs and choice of art. It is the art and books that an owner displays that often show their passion and understanding of the arts in general.
Art does not have to cost a fortune. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and art – like music and wine – is not right or wrong, good or bad; it is a personal preference. It is a preference that separates us from the crowd and therein when I pass an estate agent’s window and see everything painted cream I think where is the owner in that space? Property seems impersonal and that’s where the art comes in.
I had thought that Tracy Ermin had forgotten to complete her work of art and merely pointed to her bed and said that’s it! In shock disapproval the nation and then nations, looked at this unmade bed and asked if it was art and an unmade bed became a subject of debate, discussion and mock. I think that is often what art in a room or in a home aims to achieve. It should please or shock, and if its really good in a young occupier’s home it will do both; in an older person’s home it will reflect appreciation.
In an interior world of cream, white and gray it is so pleasing to see brightly coloured oversized pieces of art, sculpture and photography taking pride of place in the home and at all price-points. Art appears to have come of age and lost its superficial elitist stance, it is for everyone.
In the home it is important when positioning art to think about the space surrounding the piece. Think about scale, colour, heat, sunlight and its impact on the art to protect it. Each of these considerations will show off your art at its best for maximum impact and pleasure and it will bring your neutral interior to life giving it your own personality.