Demo Lesson

Chapter 1

1. Navigating the Presentation

2. Introduction

Chapter 2

1. General Guidelines...

2. General Guidelines (cont.)...

Chapter 3

1. Choosing Artwork

2. Hanging and Displaying...

Chapter 4

1. Choosing Accessories

2. Choosing Accessories (cont.)

3. Displaying Objects

Chapter 5

1. Grouping Artwork...

2. Growing Good Energy

3. How Does the TV Fit In?

Chapter 6

1. Summary

2. Conclusion


Choosing Artwork


Perhaps your space is in clear need of a painting or wall art. How do you select wall hangings? Sometimes you won’t have to—if your clients are art collectors, they’ll usually tell you about their collection at the beginning of your relationship so that you can incorporate their treasures into the design plan. This takes some of the guesswork out of choosing art pieces, but you’ll still need to think carefully about how to work your clients’ art into the overall design. Often, you’ll have to edit, helping your clients decide what to display and what to leave in storage for the time being.

Man looking at painting
Should this painting be on display?

In some instances, particularly when there’s an extraordinary work of art to showcase, you might plan an entire space around a piece of art. Look at pages 448-449 of your text, figures 14.16 and 14.17. Note the color palette of the rooms and the way the rooms are designed to make the art the star of the show. The rug in figure 14.16 has been designed and customized to repeat the shapes in the Picasso painting. Figure 14.17 illustrates the way you can use modern furniture styles alongside large, rather traditional art. You may want to develop a specific style or theme around a piece of artwork, or you may enjoy blending styles and themes if you can do so confidently.


When it comes to choosing new art, there are two directions you can take: Purchase a piece of exceptional art, and use the colors and textures in the room as a backdrop for it; or hang something on the walls that fits with the general style of the room. In your text on pages 448-453, there’s a useful discussion about selecting artwork. Remember that your choices include:


  • Original paintings
  • Drawings
  • Numbered prints
  • Prints produced in large volume
  • Reproductions of original artworks
  • Maps
  • Quilts
  • Tapestries
  • Architectural ornaments 


That list isn’t exhaustive—just about anything you can hang on a wall can serve as art, though it’s important to remember that not all art is of good quality. One rule of thumb applies: Whatever is hung should be liked. It should bring pleasure to the occupants of the space. After all, they’re going to be looking at it every day!