If you've splashed out on an expensive piece of original art, it's tempting to think it should hang on a plain white wall to give it pride of place, or to emulate a gallery feel, but art can be enjoyed in the home in a number of ways.
One couple who are adept at displaying their art collection are Dave Bennett and Gareth Orr, whose home features on our House Tours (opens in new tab) event, on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th September, sponsored by French Connection, Houseology and Yves Delorme.
Acquired over many years, both before they met and since being together, the couple's collection spans recognisable artworks from the YBA, to kitsch prints and junk shop finds, which have been hung throughout their home to great effect.
Here's what they did:
1 in the frame
If you've bought an original piece, such as the Damien Hirst below, you'll likely be having it framed professionally but there are tips you can learn from the pros that can be applied to less prestigious pieces of art.
Daniel Syrett from the Runway Gallery (opens in new tab), says, 'It's very modern to not let a frame overwhelm a piece of art. Framing sometimes needs to disappear; it's not the focus.' Here the mount and chunky frame are both white, so the colourful artwork stands out on the chimney breast.
2 light up
Think about where you place certain pieces and how your lighting will affect how they look when it's on. ‘In the evening, when it’s lit, the black and white image set against the taupe/stony wall looks really great,’ says Dave.
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3 mix high and low
Even if you've invested in something special, it doesn't have to have its own wall. Much as you might mix a Zara dress with a Celine handbag, the couple have mixed an artwork by Tracey Emin with vintage and kitsch pieces in their collection here. Grouped together on this bold purple backdrop, this gallery wall (opens in new tab) has style and wit.
4 the dark side
A chimney alcove might be the obvious place for shelves, but if you can afford the space it's a great place to hang art. Here, the moody grey walls let this black and white photographic print stand out and draw you into this dark corner.
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Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites
A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.
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