October 5, 2020

Filling your Environment with Art

Do you want to fill your home or office with art? Start here!

You don’t need to be an artist yourself, or have deep pockets, to start to build a gallery of your own in your home. Whether it’s high-brow work or a homemade craft, artwork adds life and individuality to any space.

To bring you some inspiration to add artwork to your space, we have pulled together some photos from the Private Quarters archive featuring artwork and art galleries that we have published throughout the years.

As you think about your own collection, here are some tips on first, acquiring artwork of your own and then, best practices for displaying it.

Building an art collection of your own

In an article, “the beginner’s guide to starting an art collection,” Business Insider notes that starting a collection is accessible for all people, regardless of your budget.

Keep in mind: The art you can purchase at Fine Art South is very affordable, even though it is all unique original art, compared to other websites that sell original art.

“The big secret about the art world is that there kinda is no art world. It’s more about learning the landscape, honing your aesthetic and making a few connections. Cash flow, thankfully, is secondary,” the publication notes.

Before jumping in to a purchase, do your homework. With some research, you can find some bargains on art and you can also find times to buy artwork that will benefit charity.

Additionally, the key to building your own art gallery is buying pieces you like. Rather than buying pieces and hoping to flip them for a profit, purchase what you love and hold on to it.

Here is the key of what to remember about the art you display in your own environment:

  1. There are no rules.
  2. Buy and display art you want and like!
  3. The days of hanging just one little painting on a wall are over.

Why not try this?

Pamela Adlon with a wall of paintings by her grandmother Phyllis Leece, some of which appear in her show “Better Things.”Credit…Elizabeth Weinberg for The New York Times

Tips for displaying art in your home

As you begin to grow your collection, properly displaying it makes all the difference.

On its website, design magazine Dwell notes, “Hanging art on your walls doesn’t have to be a stressful experience — instead, it should be a fun and inspiring, creative challenge.”

First of all, make sure the art fits in the space. If you have a pieces of a variety of shapes and sizes, consider a gallery wall.

When hanging your art, keep it in a straight line and grid display, Dwell notes. [you can actually hang art in any configuration you damn well choose].

Finally, hang your art at eye level.

“If you’re hanging art above a sofa, the golden rule is to hang it one-hand’s width above the sofa. There’s some wiggle room here, but always be careful not to hang your art too high,” according to dwell.

Remember: No rules.  But most happiness from art comes from  buying art you like and want to live with, not art that matches the carpet.


This is a reprint of an article in the AJC by Courtney Kueppers