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I love open concept homes. I love how the light filters throughout the rooms and how you don't have to yell around the house looking for someone because you can usually see them.
But one of the challenges of having an open concept home is what to do about art. Where do you put it?
Let's first think about what the lack of walls means. It means that what you have on the walls is important. The less wall space, the more emphasis you put on the things that are on the walls.
You draw attention to them visually.
So where do you put art in open concept designs? I'm going to highlight in red 5 places that you can put art in open concepts to take away your guess work.
1. Over the fireplace
You'll notice that they decide to put the TV on the side and let the art work be the main feature. Not only does it minimize the TV, but it also allows the focal point to be something beautiful that can tie all the colors in the room together.
2. In between windows or small walls
This great design by Holly Phillips highlights that even small walls are great places to put art work. I like how this piece brings in the white from the kitchen but also picks up colors in the open dining/living room.
3. Above a stove top
Typically in an open concept design, the kitchen is open to the main living area. Since this is the place you spend the most time, you have to really optimize what art work you want to look at all the time. I love how Iris Danker used a simple ledge on the hood to utilize the height of the ceilings and break up all the cabinetry.
4. Utilize corner walls
There are usually several "awkward" corners in open concept designs. I like how this design by Allison Jaffe uses art in the corners to bring in more texture on the white walls and connect all the colors in the room.
5. High Placement
This design had a particular set of challenges, since it had a beautiful chair molding that went higher up the wall than typically seen. I really like that they chose to put art above the molding instead of using wall paper or just not putting anything there. Even in spaces with unusual characteristics, I think you can still find a place for art.
Notice how most of these spaces have very modest sized pieces. They carefully place art work in spaces that are "petite" and create more interest and detail in the rooms. I think another approach to placing art work in open concept designs would be to have a piece that takes up the entire wall.
I hope this helps if you're struggling with ideas on how to incorporate art in your open concept space!
What challenges do you have in putting art in your open concept (or non-open concept) home? Have you found any tips that have worked?