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January 8, 2015

Making Room For a Growing Art Collection

by Janice

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I see an empty wall as a blank canvas that can be made more appealing with the addition of artwork, mirrors, and other design elements. But what if your wall has run out of space? My answer: make room.

A Full Wall

My client is an art lover with a partiality for modern and eclectic paintings. I had consulted on an artwork and installation project in the past, and she asked me to help her find the right spot to display two large paintings she’d recently added to her collection.

I knew the best place to showcase the paintings was the living area; however, the walls in the room were filled with shelving, furniture, and other art. There wasn’t space for the scale of the new paintings, and hanging the recently acquired pieces would make the walls look overcrowded.

Make Way for Art

To create space and make the paintings the focal point in the room, some out of the box thinking was needed. To address the matter of limited wall space, I rearranged shelving and moved furniture. I was then able to utilize an area that you might not think to place artwork – the very top of the wall.

By hanging the paintings in this unusual space, the new artwork can be viewed together whether you are sitting on the sofa or standing in a far part of the room. The pair of paintings created a grouping, which I balanced by hanging another painting to the left.

It was amazing to see an immediate change in the room, especially with a few easy modifications. By simply adjusting the placement of shelving and furniture, the room had a more inspired ambiance. Best of all, my client can now exhibit the new additions to her art collection in a prominent way.



Janice is a certified window treatments designer with degrees in Commercial, Graphic, and Interior Design.

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