Don't upstage your midcentury statement artwork
Art by Chase Langford. Photo by Jim Brown.

While your home itself may be your biggest piece of art, the pieces you put on your wall can make for a stunning centerpiece. Artwork is meant to read slowly, to make viewers stop and consider and enjoy color and form. Take advantage of these qualities by incorporating art into a room in your home and then giving it room to breathe.

Choices, Choices

The first choices you’ll have to make are what piece of art you want to display and where. Take size into consideration since you want to avoid having the painting or other piece overwhelm the space. Also, be sure it’s something you will love to look at and sets a tone you want to have prominent in your space. Since it will be in a space you frequent often, you also want it to be something that rewards your attention and repeat exposure.

If you’re concerned about committing to one wall-size piece of artwork, get your feet wet and learn what you like and what works in your space with a gallery wall for smaller pieces you can put into conversation with one another.

Your space may dictate what you choose based on the wall size and lighting. That can help you narrow your art options, or it may work the other way, where you find a jaw-dropping piece of art you rearrange to display.

Fish for Complements

When it comes to the rest of the room, since you’re looking to the art to set the tone, keep it in mind as you choose the other elements. Look for what will complement rather than detract from the art. In Chase Langford’s home, for instance, a replica of a ’50s bi-level table is sculptural, adding visual variety, but its low profile keeps it and the objects it displays from competing with the painting.

Use other objects to echo the color palette the statement art sets. The ceramics and flowers in this room play into the bright blues and reds of the painting.