The art of displaying art in your home

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Art is subjective, always a matter of taste, and most adults will have a clear and established sense of what kind of art that they like. Most art collectors, either novice or experienced, are unlikely to want advice on what type of art to buy; however, if they want to live with their collections it helps to take some sound advice.

When it comes to hanging an expensive painting or placing a priceless sculpture in your own home, guidance should be sought on several important issues. It’s not just the aesthetics of how the artwork will look in your villa or house, but also the problems faced when moving or mounting a piece on a wall or dais.

If you have worked hard to earn the means to acquire serious art, and you then spend time, money and effort creating your own art collection, you don’t want to put such investments in any kind of jeopardy. So, it's highly recommended that you take advice from an art dealer, interior designer and possibly a builder before you start deciding how to display a piece in your home.

General guidance for arranging an art collection at home:

Moving and delivery

Always confer with your art dealer about the carriage and delivery as pieces can be damaged at any time from the point of wrapping and packing to whilst it’s in transit and how it’s delivered through the front door and placed in position. Specialist couriers and packaging materials are essential, especially when it comes to international shipments, and the handling of large, heavy items will require additional care and extra manpower.

The ideal framework

The frame of a painting can be as important to the ensemble as the art it encloses. Framemakers are skilled artisans in their own right and a great deal of money and time can be spent on creating a frame using high quality woods and gold leaf finishing.

Paintings and drawings with heavy frames require additional reinforcement when fixed to a wall. If you have a series of heavy canvases to hang then precautionary measures should be taken to ensure that the wall is structurally capable to take the weight of the display, and the mountings are secure.

Beware of damaging materials and sunlight

Sunlight is arguably art’s worst enemy, and it is imperative that any work susceptible to fading must be situated out of the direct impact of damaging daylight. Lesser known dangers are the materials used to frame and finish a painting, including wood used for the framing and adhesives applied as part of the  fixing process. Some of these elements can contribute to the degradation of a canvas, but problems can be diverted by changing materials or adding a protective layer such as felt, matting or cloth.

Display in the perfect place

The general rule is that a good piece of art doesn’t require a clever colourful background to display it in its best light. A natural and neutral background wall or space is normally the ideal backdrop, and LED lighting can be used to provide effective tones and should ideally be applied in a place with natural sunlight.


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