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How to style art and artefacts

Art is subjective. But as long as you frame and hang a piece properly, don’t be afraid to get creative. Apart from the more obvious two-dimensional options, we’ll show you some more tactile and sculptural objects to elevate your space and let your home reflect your personality. Art and artefacts don’t have to be expensive either, they can simply be things you’ve collected from travels or even found in your local charity shop. Here, we go through how to style your chosen art and complement it with the rest of your home accessories.

Mix and match. In an entrance or hallway, go for more contemporary and graphic pieces to make an impact when you and your guests enter your home. But don’t be afraid to mix the old with the new! A modern lamp and an antique vase in colours picked from the picture will bring everything together and reinforce the merging of old and new.

Gallery wall. When it comes to those precious family photographs or pieces of art, think about curating one or two walls to hold the lot. The trick is finding one or two elements that remain consistent in each framed piece. You could focus on the same frame, the same card mount or even a similar colour-palette like black and white or pastels.

Objet d’Art. Sculptures should not be overlooked when decorating your home. They are powerful three-dimensional objects that are tactile and multi-faceted. Shelves are a great place to showcase your finds, but it’s important to think about how all the pieces will look from afar. Scale and texture are great places to start and if you have space, a small lamp or candle looks wonderful at night.

Too-da-loo. Seeing art in unexpected places can turn the mundane into something exciting. Bathrooms and toilets aren’t the first places you’d think about art but you can really pack a whole lot of personality into a small space… especially since the cloakroom is the most visited room by guests.

In disguise. Sometimes you just don’t have the space for a TV stand and it requires mounting. Rather than making a feature of the TV itself, why not camouflage it with art? Or if you can, buy a TV that doubles up as a frame or painting! A very clever way to disguise an unsightly TV.

A collection. Do you have an obsession or hobby whether that be instruments, plates, baskets or even hats? Why not showcase what you love on a wall? Try creating patterns or arranging the collection in a certain shape. If you use these items often then think about using hooks rather than nails.

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Peepshow. In addition to custom made blinds or custom made curtains, standing screens can be works of art in themselves. They can be as ornate or as simple as you’d like but they are fabulous at adding to the wow-factor in a bathroom and provide additional privacy to boot.

Let there be light. Lighting is definitely the most impactful way to add your stamp to your home. Whether it be a picture light over your art, a table lamp, pendant or standing lamp, don’t be shy of interesting shapes and forms. They are beautiful as well as practical and change the feel of a room when day turns into night. Remember, where you place your art, sculpture or lighting doesn’t have to be permanent. It’s something that can be done over time and is interchangeable.

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