My Story: Confessions of a Wall Art Addict

Very recently we moved into our first home. It’s a utilitarian space in a new development; it came with all the perks of a newly constructed building: large windows, off-white walls, pristine wooden floors but it somehow didn’t feel like a good fit for us until I set about turning this generic space into a home. Our home! Although not an interior designer by profession but by inclination only, I have often noticed that we see art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, if it gets dealt with at all. As an artist I find that by relegating art to the side lines, decorators are missing out on an amazing design opportunity. In my mind, wall art is most important when it comes to interior design. This is because when used properly, the art pieces can provide not only an excellent framework around which one should be able to plan the rest of the room but most importantly, the wall hangings can open up new possibilities for introspection, relaxation and meditation. Imagine your favorite artwork hanging above the mantle of the fireplace or standing proudly in your master bedroom. Imagine a creative gallery wall which can easily spice up a more traditional dining area. Imagine your home office with a beautiful painting that reflects you as a person. After all, it is at home that your real story takes place.
        I have turned our just-big-enough condo into a luxurious, intimate, light, welcoming, embracing space by adding art pieces throughout the house. The mood achieved was palpable even to my young children. Serendipitously, I overheard them talking to each-other...

                                            Sebastian (6.5 y.o): mom has made our house look like a Hollywood house
                                            Amelia (5 y.o): no, it looks like Paradise
                                            Sebastian: no silly, Hollywood is better
                                            Amelia: but gjyshi (grandpa) is in Heaven
                                            Sebastian: you’re right sister

          So, yeah, the court is out on whether houses in Hollywood or Paradise are better, but at least we can all agree that wall art is that finishing element that can help pull a space together and make it feel complete. It is that little extra touch that can take your space from simply looking functional to appearing as if it should grace the pages of an interior design magazine.