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Incorporating art into your Los Angeles home without overwhelming it

19 Mar 2013 1:48 PM
Incorporating art into your Los Angeles home without overwhelming it

Many homeowners struggle with the task of balancing their love of fine art with their desire for a comfortable living space. Elegant paintings and eye-catching sculptures can help people imbue their homes with class and flair, but if homeowners aren't careful, this dedication to beauty can come at the expense of practicality.

Luckily, a new field of interior design has emerged that attempts to tackle this problem once and for all. In recent months, many owners of Los Angeles real estate have solicited the help of creative designers to help them add fine art into their homes without making them feel like museums.

Here are two of the lessons they have learned.

Unity
Having diverse tastes in art is a positive quality in most circumstances, but it can be distracting in a home. According to the Los Angeles Times Magazine, it is more important to pick a few complementary pieces than it is to include all of your favorites. This doesn't mean that all of your choices need to come from the same artist or time period - or even be in the same medium - but it does mean that you should define a theme early in the process and stick to it.

Sometimes, this can mean employing some creative thinking. Planning the art scheme for the vestibule of a Los Angeles resident's luxury home, architect Robert Crockett had to think outside of the box to ensure a cohesive feel. He used aluminum to match some of the owner's artworks and tie everything together.

"[Using aluminum as the foundation] allowed us to achieve a certain level of refinement and articulation without detracting anything from the art," he told the source. "In various places, we played with the finish of the aluminum so that the material remains consistent but the effect changes discreetly."

The right focal point
Despite Crockett's recommendation to tie multiple pieces together, some homeowners are finding that a single - often large and typically bold - work can be an equally effective strategy. According to Style at Home, using an adventurous piece - especially if it's one of your favorites - to center a small room can help you draw attention to your art tastes without creating a distracting aesthetic