Design Recipes: Try these alternatives to traditional art
No traditional art? No problem. These days artwork doesn’t have to be traditional, like on a painted canvas. If you’re looking for some alternatives, here are some of our top Design Recipes tips.
• Frame interesting mixed media elements, such as paper.
• Use black-and-white photography.
• Consider artwork that makes a statement such as an unusual or interesting print or image.
• Use mirrors, especially in smaller spaces. Mirrors can be a low-cost alternative.
• Use oversized prints to make a bold and dramatic decor statement.
• Mix personal photos with artwork. Instead place personal photos in special areas and have specific walls designated for artwork.
• Mix too many pieces of artwork in the same room. It is best to choose a color palette for a space and select complementary artwork.
• Forget black and white are colors and great to use in a space.
• Use artwork that is too large or too small in a particular space. Be sure to use artwork of the appropriate size and scale.
• Hang artwork too high or too low. The proper height is eye level, which measures as 5 feet from the floor to the center of the piece of art.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at cathyhobbs.com .