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Textiles, Art History, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes 2006-2016

1.08.2009

Layered Art

A background of gallery-white walls or graphic pattern? When it comes to hanging art there are different approaches. Many designers feel that a lush backdrop of color, and in some cases even pattern, can actually enhance art not detract from it.

Caroline Clifton-Mogg says that if you do opt to layer art over a strongly-patterned wallpaper, take care to ensure the works aren't lost in the wall. Distinct frames and mats can help. Here's a quick look at what various decorators have done.

Peter Dunham uses wide mats and strong wood frames to delineate art from dining room walls covered in his fabulous Samarkand.

Clifton-Mogg feels that this punchy red pattern actually helps to unify a large collection of memorabilia and art.

A light black-and-white drawing stands out easily against the Pomegranate wallpaper by William Morris.

Above and below, more of Dunham's intuitive approach.

Credits:
At the top, Mary McDonald's guest house photographed by Miguel Flores-Vianna for domino, February 2009.

All Dunham images are from past House Beautiful showhouses. All other images are from Displaying Pictures.

5 comments:

beachbungalow8 said...

love the wlm. morris wallpaper!

Style Court said...

Hi Megan -- Happy 2009. It looks great with the portrait, doesn't it?

Emily Amy Gallery said...

I like the way Peter Dunham has approached this. Large mats that separate the art from the wallpaper are key in my opinion. But, I also love everything Peter Dunham does, so that may cloud my judgement a bit!

elly e said...

Okay, I am amazed if you have your Domino already because I havnt recieved mine and its not on the stand yet either. Yes, I am crazy but I do love Mary McDonald's uses of color and horizontal stripe. Every room should have a touch of black just as Ms. Draper says.

Style Court said...

Hi Elly -- the story is on domino's website. I included the link above. No spoilers :)

I love McDonald too.