You may be tempted to create a gallery wall of art, but sometimes the best way to feature an item is to stick with simplicity. “And, it doesn’t have to be expensive. Great-looking art can always wow a space,” says designer Alice Cramer. Scour flea markets and consignment stores, or befriend an emerging artist or sculptor.
This Spanish Modern house is home to a young family of four. The design is a graceful blend of Art Deco and midcentury styles, with fun pops of color that add life to the rooms. Here, in the living room, white space is just as important as the art pieces, helping to create a sense of peace as well as spotlighting special moments, like the niche above the fireplace.
In this wide passageway, niches with colored lights stand out against the tan walls, making a lively gallery display. In the center of the space, a long bench sits museum-style, inviting passerby to reflect on the art.
This small antique birdcage decoration sits on a wood shelf just off the breakfast room. Similar to Spanish nichos, these recesses in the wall allow you to place art and treasured objects in them, creating a unique display for even mundane items.
Abstract art placed above the top of the five-drawer chest adds color and visual interest, and also emphasizes the width of the five-drawer chest located between the niche and one of the bedroom's two windows.
This large great room is the perfect place to entertain or just hang with the family. Fun details include wrapping the entryways with a reclaimed barn wood. The art niches are highlighted with brass sconces and a large barn wood beam runs the length of the room.
The homeowners are avid art collectors and this niche in the millwork serves as the focal point of a gallery hallway designed to showcase larger pieces of their collection. Venetian plaster is used behind the sculpture to add a interesting velvety texture without distracting from the art.
This large great room is the perfect place to entertain or just hang with the family. We added so fun details to the space by wrapping the entryways with a reclaimed barn wood. The art niches were highlighted with brass sconces and a large barn wood beam ran the length of the room.