“If clustering artworks, odd numbers are more visually pleasing to the eye and balance your walls better,” she says. “Aim to have your artworks ‘talking’ to one another with the subject matter, the meaning, colours or size. Art is designed to be enjoyed by your eyes, so make sure works are hung at eye level for maximum exposure.”
Designer and art consultant Swee Lim, of Swee Design, advocates the importance of harmonising art with the home’s architecture and interiors.
“Consider whether the style is contemporary, traditional, minimalist or busy, casual or glamorous,” Lim says. “The mood can also be determined by the function of the room.
“For example, bedrooms should be calming, while living areas can be vibrant and energetic.”
Certainly, the specific wall to be adorned must be carefully considered, according to Lim.
“The location can determine what type of artwork you choose,” she says. “For an entrance, you might want a hero piece to create impact and a ‘wow’ experience. Works in the ‘public’ areas, such as living and dining rooms, can have more impact.
“The size needs to reference the wall and room it is in. As an art consultant, I draw up artworks to scale on walls on a computer program to work out the best ‘fit’. For those at home, it’s just as easy to put Blu Tack on the wall to show the four corners of an artwork, or to put up newspaper to get a sense of scale.”
Remember art should bring you joy. As MacAlpine says: “The beauty of art is that it’s a personal choice and can be a conversation starter.”
MARG. Studio’s Emily MacAlpine shares her tips for collecting and curating art
Go with your heart
“Buy what you love,” MacAlpine says. “There’s a difference between art you can appreciate versus art you actually want to hang in your home. It might take some time to determine what it is you like, but that’s the fun part.”
“Take time to understand an artist’s background, their work and why you like a piece before you commit to buying.”
“Understand the available spaces you have for artworks in your home, so that when you eventually come across the right piece, you will know exactly where it will fit. As a rule of thumb, vertical-shaped works go on narrow walls and horizontal-shaped works go on wide walls.”