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Decorating with art for the neophyte

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Spencer-Witczak art installers (theartofinstallation.com) designed this Gold Coast apartment’s black-and-white photography display so that it can evolve as the collection grows
 

(3) Definitely mix styles and materials. Combining not only modern and traditional art but also different media—photography, oil painting, watercolor, fiber art—makes a room dynamic and interesting. One key to making it succeed is to choose pieces with a similar, but not identical, range of colors and tones. “It’s not so much about the images you’re putting next to each other,” LaConte says. “It’s that the palette works.”

(4) Maintain balance. A single modern painting hung in an otherwise traditionally furnished living room can look off kilter. Establish a more equal representation of both styles, whether that means adding pieces of avant-garde art, some chairs with contemporary lines, or accessories—with a modern edge.

(5) Choose black-and-white photography. It works in any environment, from austere contemporary to classic romantic. Stick with subjects that aren’t likely to become dated; nature and architectural scenes are good bets. Hanging black-and-white photos on colored walls gives both the walls and the photos an extra pop, LaConte says.

 

Photography: Peter Perrodin

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