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HOME STAGING & STYLING with Kate Alexander

Home is where the art is…

This month, home stylist Kate Alexander looks at the role of art in the home...

Lucky for us we live in a time of affordable art - thanks a little to the internet shrinking our retail world, the invention of some pretty awesome printing technology and a widening awareness of how good it is for you to live with art. Here are a few things to consider when introducing art into your home:

First up. Art is a personal thing. Lucky for artists we all have different tastes. Buy what you like. It might be the colour that catches your eye, the style you find interesting, content you relate to, or an artist who you appreciate. Whether you can explain why you like a piece of art or not, living with it should bring you pleasure.

Understand the value. An original art piece is a one-of-a-kind. You are paying to be the only person who owns it.  Art prints are duplicates of a design reproduced in a variety of ways. Limited edition art prints mean that there will only ever be a set number of them produced and are thus worth more than an open-edition. If you can't afford the original you like, see if the artist does prints.
Hanging and framing styles can change the look of an art piece. Try casually clipping it, or frame with a bold moulding. There is no right or wrong approach to this. Choose what suits you and your home.
There is no such thing as too much art in a room or home. Combine big with small, originals with prints, framed with unframed, new with old. As with a good outfit, too much of one thing can be boring. Shop around and think outside the frame.
For links to affordable art shops visit Places and Graces on Facebook.


by Kate Alexander