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Want to find out how to make art work in your home? The 5 tips below from Eve Mercier at Insight School of Interior Design will help you get started, and decorate with art in any home, but if you want the details and all the nitty-gritty, join Insight School of Interior Design's special one-day course on Art and Interiors on May 19th. Participants are first introduced to concepts and given the facts at the school in Chai Wan in a lecture on how to use art in your interior décor, and this is followed by a guided tour of the Affordable Art Fair in Hong Kong to see it in real life. A ticket to Affordable Art Fair is included in the price of the course. Learn more about this short course here.

Buying and hanging art can be somewhat of a confusing experience, and if you get it wrong, you can tell straight away... To help you make the right choices, Eve Mercier, Founder of Insight School of Interior Design, who worked for Christie’s in their modern art department before moving into interiors for the likes of Candy & Candy, share her know-how on art for residential interiors and offers practical insights into hanging and lighting art in any space. 

The course is on next Friday, May 19th, and before that we talked to Eve Mercier, founder of Insight School of Interior Design to get her 5 best tips on how to install and hang art in your home (if you want the details, join the course, details at the end).

This is what she said:

 

Buy what you love. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

Buy what you love. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

 

  1. Buy what you love.

“Buy art that resonates with you,” Eve, along with a lot of other expert says. “I always say that pieces come to you, and not the other way around. Wait until you really find the piece. Remember that it is hard to "get rid" of a piece. And also, don’t forget that money is findable… a really good piece is much harder to find again, if not impossible. You will remember the pieces that you missed, not the money you spent.”

Longevity is important: buy pieces you know you will love for a long time, not just now. What could you grow old with? “I think people should grow old with their art,” Eve says. “You should be able to look at it and not get bored of it. Don’t buy something just because it’s fashionable, or because it seems like a good investment.”

"It is also important to educate yourself by visiting fairs and art exhibitions, attend art classes, to read and discuss. When you’re looking at art, you should always be considering, ‘What will I be pleased to bring home?’. This is also one of the reasons we bring the participants of the course to the Affordable Art Fair afterwards, to see it in real life, to have a discussion about art.” 

 

  1. White is right.

The best way to showcase art in your home is by hanging it against a plain, white backdrop. It really does makes sense, not only if you are Scandinavian: most galleries hang art against white walls. “The minute you have some kind of paneling it becomes challenging, and the same goes for wallpaper. The whiter and flatter your walls, the easier it is,” says Eve.

 

  1. Consider your colour palette.

Your art shouldn’t clash with your interiors, and here’s how to make sure it doesn’t. “If your art work is grey and blue, for example, you’re going to make sure that the palette you’re going to use, the rug you’re going to use are all in this blue grey palette, so you have a monochrome effect,” Eve says. “Likewise, if you have a work of art with lots of colours, it is nice to pack all the colours into your interiors somehow. Your eyes travel in a room you see, and it would be great to be able for them to travel from your art work to the other pieces of furniture in the room.”

Or, you could choose contrasting colours for your space. “Let’s say you have a very neutral background. If your interiors are, say, beige and grey and white, and you want to lighten everything up, your art can bring a very warm colour into your room. It could be a shot of yellow or a shot of pink, for example.”

 

 A good rule of thumb to follow when hanging your art is to place the centre of your work 1.45 metres from the floor

 

  1. Hang each piece with precision.

"A good rule of thumb to follow when hanging your art is to place the centre of your work 1.45 metres from the floor", says Eve.

If you are hanging a group of works together or when you are creating a picture wall, it is also a handy place to start. “Figure out where the centre of the group is, and place this point at 1.45 metres from the floor,” advises Eve.

In addition, you should hang the heaviest, darkest works in the bottom left corner, with the lightest and brightest pieces of art in the top right corner. “Your eye naturally travels from bottom left to top right,” Eve explains. We haven't really thought of this before, but it makes total sense when she says it. Oh, the obvious things we learn when people point them out for us!

Hang pieces with precision. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

Hang pieces with precision. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

 

  1. Light it right.

Now you have chosen your art and figured out where and how to hang it. The finishing touch is to present it in the best possible light by using the right type of light, as well as the right tone. “Halogen light is great for commercial spaces, but for a home, it is too bright, too harsh and too white. It’s better to use incandescent bulbs or LEDs,” says Eve. Good tip! Plus LEDs don’t generate the heat halogen does, heat that can cause damage to your art if you are not careful. Her final words are:

“Remember to pay attention to the colour of your LED, because if it is very cold and white it is going to affect the look and feel of your piece of art.”

Light it right. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

Light it right. Image Courtesy Insight School of Interior Design.

 

 

SHORT COURSE OVERVIEW

  • Join a special one-day short course and learn how art can truly transform your interiors
  • Learn the principles of art in interiors – how to frame, mount, hang, install and light art in residential and commercial spaces
  • We discuss at what point in your design process should you select your art
  • Understand how you can combine art with your colour scheme and furniture selection to create beautiful interiors
  • Lecture will be followed by a private tour of Affordable Art Fair. You’ll be guided through important works by influential artists from Asia and further abroad.
  • Lecturer: Eve Mercier, school founder and a qualified Interior Designer and Art Historian who has worked at Christie’s in Paris and London.

Guides:
Stephanie Kelly - Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong Fair Director who has helped cement Affordable Art Fair as one of the top art events in a dynamic Hong Kong art scene.

Emily Leung - Editor from Home Journal and previously Senior Editor at Hong Kong Tatler.

Entry ticket to Art Fair included.

 

DURATION

  • Lecture at Insight School 10am-12pm
  • Guided tour of Affordable Art Fair 1-2:30pm  

May 19th 10am-2.30pm

 

Not enough? Want more? You can also learn much more about all the elements that come together to make a beautiful home in the Certificate in Residential Interior Design. Find out more here

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