|Lancaster County, PA, 18X24, by Carol L. Douglas. It's moving from my own bedroom to our guestroom, where it will better match the pale blue walls and furniture.|
Artists kvetch about people who buy paintings to match their sofas, but it is a real consideration. A mismatch will never be to the painting’s or the room’s advantage.
I’ve been putting away work from my Black Friday sale. It’s been an opportunity to rearrange some of the artwork in my house (and, yes, to vacuum). It’s interesting how some paintings look grand against some walls and bland against others.
|Autumn floral, 16X20, by Carol L. Douglas. I think I'm going to see what this looks like in my dining room.|
I had a mid-century street scene done by a cousin in Tennessee hanging in my living room. It’s a very accomplished painting, but it never looked good against the pale-turquoise-and-red décor. To keep it safe during the sale, I slid it on a hook in my bedroom, which has navy walls and warm accents. Here in a room with fruitwood furniture and a related color scheme, the painting glows.
Where then, to put the high-chroma but abstract landscape that previously was in that spot? With its pale frame and cool colors, it looks far better in our guest room, which has pale blue walls and pale furniture.
|And this pastel of geraniums has already relocated to the living room.|
Most artists I know own too many paintings, of our own and others. We usually just plop new work on hooks wherever we can. This exercise has been a good reminder that a painting’s inherent value can be obscured by bad interior design.
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