Hanging art in your home

Don't get hung up about hanging that precious piece.

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 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, 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.

Get the look this is the Ch25 lounge Chair by hans J Wegner for Carl hansen & søn. for an original Damien hirst artwork, check out 1stdibs.com. on the last shelf of the left-hand bookcase is the Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for flos.

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.

Get the look the photograph is by David scheinmann. source the Eames rAr chair for Vitra at the Conran shop.

See more of this home here.

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 has style and wit.

Get the look the walls are painted in farrow & Ball’s Pelt estate emulsion. the mid-century Brasilia rosewood desk by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen is from two Columbia road. find the Cherner chair by Norman Cherner at Aram store. the assorted artwork includes pieces by tracey Emin, second row, left, and John stezaker, second row, right.

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.

Get the look the walls are painted in Down Pipe estate emulsion by farrow & Ball. the Eames stool A (aka ‘time life’) is available from the Conran shop. the vintage armchair is upholstered in a Designers Guild velvet; its Varese in Cassis is similar. the Pia tray, in the fireplace, by rachel Convers for ibride is available from Made in Design.

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