What to buy and where to put it

My family moved into a new house last June, and I’ve been staring at a big white wall above the couch ever since. I’m immobilized by indecision…should we save up and buy something we really like to hang on the most prominent wall in the living room? Or should I get a placeholder so it doesn’t look so empty and dark?

Maybe a gallery wall? I could collect pieces I’ve had for a while and mix them up with second-hand finds?

It is impossible to decide. But fortunately, Nicole Fisher, founder of BNR Interiors, has heard it all before and has great advice for people who have difficulty making decisions. Read on for tips on how to tackle blank walls with confidence.

When looking for art for my home, where do I start shopping?

“Art depends on the budget. There are very affordable options and resources for choosing unique pieces. I love vintage shopping when I’m not on a huge budget as it’s a very economical way to find something unique. If you are looking for a statement piece or an investment piece, you want to go to a gallery. For this, I call on my art curator, Laurie Carrol de Procurio. She has all the resources to find that perfect piece from anywhere in the world.

How do I determine my budget? It seems that cheap art is not good art, but at the same time, I don’t have an infinite budget. Would you recommend dealing with blank walls for a while to save for a special room?

“Yes, in some cases I would recommend dealing with a blank wall while you save for something special. If you have a large focal wall, it’s better to save up and get something special. If you have a large hallway or stairwell, it’s a great place for a gallery wall.You need several small pieces to fill the space, and it’s usually a cheaper way to do it.

What are the key locations (above a sofa, entryway, etc.) where art works well in a home?

“I like to put larger rooms or investments in the social rooms of a home like a living room or dining room. These are rooms you sit in and hang out in, so you and your guests can really appreciate it.

How do you decide if the pieces should stand alone or as part of a gallery?

“Scale is usually the first thing I look at. If the piece or photo is on a smaller scale, it will still work in a gallery. Also, I love an unexpected small-scale artwork in an entryway or a guest bedroom.It adds a charming quality to the room.

Is there a perfect height placement for art?

“Eye level is always the perfect height!”

How to determine the right size?

“When determining the right size, if a piece goes behind a piece of furniture, I like to have it take up 2/3 of the space. I’m definitely more fond of larger pieces and statement makers.

I’ve seen pieces cleverly placed off-center above a sofa or elsewhere in a room and it can really add interest or look quirky! Are there rules for doing things right?

“Art is so subjective, so if it looks good on you, that’s all that matters!” Personally, I’m a fan of symmetry and centering pieces.

How can I determine my style if I’m not sure?

“Go to a museum, wander through the galleries of Chelsea and see what strikes your eye to determine your style. Whether it’s the movement, the colors or the subject, this will give you a good starting point. »

What are the other rules for buying and hanging art, and what rules should sometimes be broken?

“The great thing is that there are no rules when it comes to buying or hanging artwork. My only advice is to hire a professional if you want to invest in something special.Apart from their connections, they have information about the artist, the value of the work, and the best way to use your money.

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