Modern art can be many things: Towering sculptures, floor to-ceiling paintings, object installations—all of these types of works have their rightful places when they live in a museum. But displaying them in the confines of your living room, kitchen or dining room can be an art in itself.
We asked two experts in the worlds of design and framing for their best advice.
DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX IT UP
“For me, juxtaposition is everything,” says Rome-based architect and designer Achille Salvagni. “The only…factor that should determine what is kept in and what is kept out is the quality.”
If everything in the room is of the same high quality, it’s fine to mix things up, he says. “Mixing periods and styles is important to create a dynamic, but you must be careful to give each piece its own space and allow the room to breathe.”
One or two accent colors in a space can help tie different works together and create harmony. Or you might use shapes, materials, symmetry and lighting to find cohesion, Salvagni adds.