Art in Design – The Home
What makes a space unique, warm, inviting? A place that draws you in and evokes an emotion so strong you can’t barely stand to leave?
There are so many elements I could talk about that make up a beautiful space you want to live in, but one thing stands out above the rest that comes to my mind and has the power turn your pad from drab to chic in the blink of an eye: and that is artwork!
As an artist myself, a musician by trade who dabbles in watercolors, jewelry, photography and even stained glass, I have been seeking out beauty through art all of my life. In fact, I can’t live without some piece of art in my daily routine! I’ll let you in on a secret; I have pretty bumper stickers on/in my car, collages of art all over my walls at home and even spent 3 hours this week looking for a new calendar app that would let me add beautiful visuals, so yes, I consider myself a huge connoisseur of all things art!
Now, what does this have to do with you, you ask? I’ll tell you; there’s a huge secret to enjoying your everyday life and it’s called art. ART = LIFE in my eyes. You say you could take it or leave it? Well, do you like beautiful furniture? Then, you’re an art lover. You love to listen to music? Then you love art. You love to read books? Writing is also a form of art.
Now that we’ve established that fact, I won’t ramble on because now we know, we’re all art lovers.
Art in the home
So, you aren’t a fine art fan but, you need something for that big, blaringly white wall over your bed. Then, let’s talk about how to decorate those walls. I have asked several authorities on the subject to weigh in their thoughts and help me bring some tips and information to you today for choosing art.
In speaking with these amazing artists the past few weeks, I’ve found that while they all have different styles of art and different methods of working with clients, they all love to collaborate with designers and homeowners to create a one of a kind piece for their home.
Sydney Hall, says, “I work with galleries, designers and clients in a wide variety of facets where they come to me as well as me seeking them out. In essence, I both design for a space and I also create with future unknown spaces in mind, either commercial or residential.”
Artist Debbie Viola loves to work remotely and uses things such as fabric swatches, colors and photos to create a commissioned masterpiece for her client’s home.
And if you’re like me and tend to move things around in your home a lot, then try a subscription like Kelly Ann Jones offers. Her subscription also has a purpose, to help women survivors of domestic violence heal through art. (I heard a lot of oohs and ahhs on that – art with a purpose!)
Lynette Melnyk, Fine Artist and Creative Consultant, has this to say about the process and what to look for in commissioning a piece of art.
“The relationship between yourself and the artist is important and requires initial conversations to find out how they work and if you feel comfortable with them. When choosing an artist, look at their portfolio (online or in person) to ensure the style will match yours and your client’s expectations.
Additional things to consider:
- What is their experience with doing commissioned art?
- Are they local or long distance? Long distance is an easy process with the technology available to show the process. Depending upon the scope of the project, if travel is involved, it should be discussed in the beginning.
- What is their process with commissioned art?
- Will the artist offer suggestions or want your direction?
- What is the attitude and willingness of the artist to work together to benefit the client’s project?
- Size requirements
- Delivery, installation, framing
- Timeline and deadlines
In our next post, part two of this Art In Design series, I will discuss another angle of bringing artwork to the commercial space.
What type of art do you use in your design or home?
‘Til next time!