Now is the time to beautify your home and love it more than ever before.

 

The current Corona lockdown means that most of us are spending a crazy amount of time at home, some of us are so privileged to go on with our work but many people have a lot of leisure time on hands at the moment.

Staying in the same space for so long lets you see your home through different eyes.

 

Artist Hanlie Kotze

My sister, artist, Hanlie Kotze always finds an interesting way of displaying art and objects in her eclectic home. 

I see so many posts on Facebook where people are sorting out and throwing things away. I also started rearranging and identified things to throw out after the lock-down.

I even started dreaming about more extreme re-decorating. This is a great opportunity to make the changes you’ve been putting off for so long.

Remember that art is a great way to show off your personal style while adding a touch of personality to any room, let’s look at all spectrums of decorating, from the home of the eclectic soul right through the classic art lovers home. 

Too often wall art is treated as an afterthought. 

Organizing your home:

With our busy lives organizing our homes tends to fall to the back burner. Use this time at home to tackle that chore right now. Despite the fact that you might have more time now, this time at home also makes you realize what needs to be organized.

Maybe it’s time to move all the furniture and your art pieces around to get a fresh new look, nevermind that!  Make a drastic change,  move the sitting room to a different room altogether!!!

A living room is usually one of the most used areas in the house and a face-lift might be just the thing it needs right now! 

I am not an interior designer and my knowledge about this topic is very limited, but out of my viewpoint as an artist, I can definitely give you a few pointers on how to display your artworks, your photo’s and your other collections. 

 

Display your Collections: 

Gather all your collected items and group them as one pleasing display. Such a gallery wall can grow organically over time. 

Welcome in the home of artist, Glendine

Welcome to the home of artist, Glendine, a serene corner with a collection of crosses, rabbits and Frida Kahlo images.

 Don’t just stick to paintings. Experiment with a variety of materials. We all collect something, build little corners in your room with those items you collected over the years. 

With collections, less is not more, but more is more!

Decorate your walls with your collections.

Decorate your walls with your collections.

 

Art collection in a study

An art collection in a study

 

This is in a study of a pastor who have an amazing art collection.

This is in a study of a pastor who has an amazing art collection.

 

Cat collection with a painting of Helena Gerber

Cat collection with a painting of Helena Gerber

 

Collection of plates in the home of the artist, Glendine

A Collection of plates in the home of Glendine, a well known South African artist.

 

The Classic Art Collector: 

Investment art collection

Investment art collection

Floris Kotze, owner of Kotze Art Gallery in Bloemfontein and his wife, Anine, are avid art collectors. The above photo shows part of their collection, tastefully displayed. 

 

Two of my artworks in a collection of a clients classic home

Some of my artworks as part of a collection in a clients’ home.

 

Who said you should only hang a painting or two in a room?!

 

Linden Home of my nice, Tarina

Silverware, books, and art nestled together, in the Linden Home of my nice, Tarina

 

Another home of a friend of mine who collects not only investment art, but any art that speaks to her soul

Another home of an artist friend, Annette Roberts, who collects not only investment art but any art that speaks to her soul. The beautiful bird paintings are her own creations.    Aaaahw… I almost missed the little dachshund on the chair! 

 

How do you plan and hang your art?

 

I found this image on Pinterest, unfortunately, I saved the image a while ago on my computer and cannot give credit to the person who posted it. 

This is a great way to help you with your planning. I usually put all my paintings out on the floor and shuffle it until I feel happy with the way it looks. I am not a very structured person, so I start hanging without measuring, but if you are more of a perfectionist, this way of measuring out will help you a lot. 

Measure out and hang your art

Measure out and hang your art

Creating an arty interior doesn’t have to be a challenge!

Be your own curator and start living in your dream home.

When you are creating a gallery wall, make sure that the horizontal centreline of the gallery wall is at eye level. Start out with the largest piece of art and build the rest around that piece.

Always think of arrangements as a work of art in itself. 

To hang a group of an even number of pieces, for example, consider hanging it as one entire square. Different sizes of art pieces can be grouped in an asymmetrical way to create interest and energy.

Every room needs a focal point that will instantly draw the eye into the space, a great piece of art or grouping of art pieces can give you that much needed focal point. 

Follow your gut, If it looks good, it is good!!! 

Buying Art:

 

When buying art, follow your instinct.

People buy for different reasons, you get your investment art collectors, then you get people who buy with a specific room and color theme in mind, when I buy art I prefer to follow my heart.

I have to fall in love with a piece of art and I will find a way to incorporate it with my decor, I think of the piece of art as an extension of me. Thinking this way will add your unique personality to any room in your home.

If you’re going for quantity, keep an eye open for “paintings for sale”.

A lot of artists have sales now because of the galleries that are closed at the moment, you can also explore thrift shops and pawnshops. 

 

Your empty walls are filled with possibilities:

Wall art is that finishing element that can help pull a space together and make it feel complete.

 

Eclectic Homes

Eclectic Homes

I love eclectic homes!  Jamming everything you can lay your hands on together in one space to tell your story. It’s like creating a work of art in a cubicle 

 

The studio of artist Hanlie Kotze

The studio of well known South African artist, Hanlie Kotze

 

If you have a few basic pieces in place, have fun by adding unique accents like sports memorabilia, vintage art, and old frames.

Most of us have a few abandoned paintings or frames in our garages or stacked away in a cupboard or corner of our homes. Take those out and see what other elements you can group with that. Group it together with an old book, drawings of your child, a weathered map, whatever you can find, even an old doll or soft toy will do. Try to color-code the display a bit. The trick is not matching… It’s coordinating.

Photo borrowed from Pinterest

Photo borrowed from Pinterest

I just love this fun display!

Remember that you are free to break all the art-hanging rules if you want to when it comes to decorating an eclectic home.

Wall art by Glendine

Wall art by Glendine

You can even paint ON your wall instead of hanging a painting.

 

Big Statement Pieces

 

Art on furniture

Art on furniture

 

A furniture piece with my art on it, I love the simplicity of this room and my playful art in a more serious setting. 

 

A big statement piece can even hang on a smaller wall. This beautiful landscape painting is by my dad Kobus Kotze

Creating atmosphere with art

Creating an atmosphere with a single piece of art.

 

A View Last Pointers to Guide you: 

I got the next 5 tips on how to display art out of a Blog Post by Sophie Robenson    

  1. MORE IS MORE. ARTWORK LOOKS GREAT WHEN IT IS GROUPED TOGETHER EITHER AS A GALLERY WALL OR SYMMETRICALLY IN A GRID OR ROW.
  2. AVOID HANGING YOUR ARTWORK TOO HIGH. IT LOOKS BETTER WHEN IT IS HUNG CLOSE ABOVE A PIECE OF FURNITURE.
  3. TRY AND LINK YOUR PICTURES TOGETHER IN SOME WAY- EITHER BY HAVING A SIMILAR COLOUR STORY THROUGHOUT OR SIMILAR FRAMES
  4. ENJOY COLLECTING ARTWORK OVER TIME. THIS WAY YOU CAN ADD AND SUBTRACT PIECES, HELPING TO KEEP YOUR HOME FEELING FRESH AND INDIVIDUAL.
  5. CONSIDER PAINTING THE WALL BEHIND THE ART WALL A SHADE DEEPER THAN YOU DARE. PAINTING LOOK GREAT AGAINST THIS CONTRAST.

Last not least: Remember that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Be brave. Do what you like and do it how you like it! 

May this information give you inspiration for making your home fresh and beautiful with a happy new look! 

You need your home to be your haven, especially in these times.

Beautify your world!