RIGHT AT HOME: Home decorators embrace big, bold wall art

By KIM COOK, Associated Press

Not long ago, the only homes in which you’d see big, bold art hanging on the walls tended to be those of serious collectors. For everyone else, filling up a blank space meant going with something attractively innocuous that didn’t jangle with the sofa color.
But something exciting is happening; we’re losing our trepidation over hanging larger wall art with more impact.
“Personal platforms like Instagram and Pinterest, and online forums like Core77 and Dezeen have made it really easy for people to find and share pictures of things they love,” says Alyson Liss-Pobiner of the New York firm Dineen Architecture + Design. (www.dineenarchitecture.com )

This April 2017 photo provided by New York based Dineen Architecture + Design, shows a room designed by Dineen at the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse in New York. Alyson Liss-Pobiner of Dineen says homeowners should consider playing with unconventional room layouts when they want to introduce large scale art. Liss-Pobiner and the team at Dineen centered this large David Maisel photograph from Yancey Richardson Gallery over a credenza by Patrick Weder and kept the styling with accessories and objects minimal, in their Kips Bay Showhouse space. (Peter Rymwid/Dineen Architecture + Design via AP)

“I really love using Instagram to share our own work, and images that we find beautiful, interesting and inspiring,” she says. “As a result, images of designer projects have become much more accessible and reach much larger audiences.”
Caleb Anderson, principal at Drake Anderson Interiors in New York, says a room doesn’t look finished without art.
“Artwork establishes mood, defines personality and impacts emotion,” he says. It can connect furnishings and architecture, and draw people into a space.

“Oversize pieces work particularly well above a sofa or bed,” he says. “Large art makes an impactful statement in an entry or at the end of a long corridor, making the otherwise void hall an interesting destination of its own.” (www.drakeanderson.com )
Large-format work can create focus points throughout a home, making an impression “without creating a lot of visual noise,” Liss-Pobiner says.
When you’re positioning large art, she says, don’t be afraid to try something different.

This April 2017 photo provided by New York based Dineen Architecture + Design, shows a room designed by Dineen at the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse in New York. Alyson Liss-Pobiner of Dineen says homeowners should consider playing with unconventional room layouts when they want to introduce large scale art. “In our room at the Kips Bay Showhouse this year, we selected a 42″ diameter blue concave mirror from Bernd Goeckler Antiques and installed it above the sofa, but off-center. The convention is to center the wall art above a furniture piece, but by freeing up that wall with an asymmetrical composition we were able to keep the eye moving around the room and give each piece it’s own prominence without losing the visual connection between the two.” said Liss-Pobiner. (Peter Rymwid/Dineen Architecture + Design via AP)

“In our room at Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse this year, we centered the bed on one wall with a large sofa on the opposite wall,” she says. They then placed a large blue concave mirror from Bernd Goeckler Antiques above the sofa, but slightly to one side.
“The convention is to center the wall art above the furniture, but by ‘freeing up’ that wall with an asymmetrical composition, we were able to keep the eye moving around the room,” she says.
Large-scale art with typography can be affordable and add a dose of humor, say Mat Sanders and Brandon Quattrone of Consort Design, a bicoastal design firm.

This April 2013 photo provided by New York based Dineen Architecture + Design, shows a room designed by Dineen at the Kips Bay Decorator’s Showhouse in New York. In this Showhouse project from 2013, Dineen added big art to a tiny walnut wood paneled bar room. “We framed a large print by Margaux Walter from Winston Wachter gallery with floating shelves, using an off-center strategy to give the piece a prominent role,” Alyson Liss-Pobiner of Dineen. (Peter Rymwid/Dineen Architecture + Design via AP)

“If you’re looking to take the room in a more sophisticated direction, we also love large, painterly abstract pieces,” the duo said in an email.
Their online shop includes the figurative expressionist work of Kristen Giorgi of Atlanta’s NG Collective Studio, and Los Angeles artist Matt Maust’s kinetic mixed-media work. (www.consort-design.com )
Anderson has some source suggestions, too, including the Loretta Howard Gallery in Manhattan. (www.lorettahoward.com )
“They represent artists from some of my favorite movements and often in dramatic scale. I’m drawn to abstract expressionism, op art, minimalism and color field movements,” he says. He also recommends New York gallery Danese/Corey for its large-scale paintings by artists of note, like Larry Poons and Connie Fox, and suggests 3-D compositions by artists such as Jeff Zimmerman, Matthew Solomon and Olafur Eliasson as alternatives to conventional paintings on canvas. (www.danesecorey.com )
For budget-friendly pieces, Anderson recommends Saatchi Art, Twyla, ArtStar and @60″. (www.saatchiart.com , www.artstar.com , www.at60inches.com )
Liss-Pobiner cited a wide variety of galleries and websites for researching, buying and framing art.
“We’ve had good luck finding interesting work on Etsy as well,” she says.

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