Displaying contemporary art at home is more than just decorating your space; it’s about creating an environment that reflects your personal taste and adds character to your surroundings. As the interest in contemporary art continues to grow, more people are seeking ways to integrate thought-provoking pieces into their living spaces. Shoreditch Modern, known for offering high-quality art from emerging contemporary artists, is here to guide you through the process of curating and displaying art in your home.

Why Display Contemporary Art

Before diving into display techniques, it’s essential to grasp what contemporary art is. Contemporary art encompasses works created from the late 20th century to the present, often reflecting modern society, cultural shifts, and innovative techniques. The diversity in style, medium, and message makes contemporary art a dynamic addition to any home.

Body Heat, a painting by Yorgos exhibited at the art gallery Shoreditch Modern

 Tips for Displaying Contemporary Art at Home

1. Choose the Right Space

Selecting the right location for your artwork is crucial. Consider areas where the art will have the most impact—living rooms, entryways, and dining areas are excellent choices. The space should allow the artwork to stand out and be appreciated.

2. Consider Lighting

Good lighting enhances the beauty of your art. Natural light is ideal but be mindful of direct sunlight as it can damage some artworks. Use accent lighting, such as track lights or picture lights, to highlight the pieces. Dimmable lights offer flexibility to adjust the ambience and mood. The type of light bulb in your fixture is also important as it can alter the colours of the artwork; aim for a Colour Rendering Index (CRI) of 85 and above. 

3. Group Similar Pieces Together

Creating a cohesive look involves grouping similar pieces together. Whether it’s a series by the same artist or works with a common theme or colour palette, grouping can create a powerful visual impact. Shoreditch Modern often features collections of artworks that make excellent group displays.

4. Think About Scale and Proportion

Balance is key when displaying art. Large pieces can dominate a room and become a focal point, while smaller works can be grouped or used in more intimate spaces. Ensure the scale of the artwork complements the furniture and architectural elements of the room.

Opening of Benny Watson solo exhibition at Shoreditch Modern
person looking at Benny Watson's paintings at Shoreditch Modern

5. Mix Different Mediums

Don’t be afraid to mix paintings, sculptures, and other art forms. This variety adds texture and depth to your space. For instance, pairing a large canvas with a sculpture or a framed photograph with a mixed-media piece can create a dynamic and engaging display.

6. Use Appropriate Framing

Framing is an essential aspect of art presentation. The frame should enhance the artwork without overpowering it. Simple, clean frames work well with contemporary art, but sometimes a bold frame can add an interesting contrast. Anti-reflective art glass will ensure that the work can be clearly seen and enjoyed without pesky reflections.

7. Create a Gallery Wall

A gallery wall is a popular way to display multiple pieces of art. This approach allows you to showcase a variety of works in a structured yet creative manner. Start by planning your layout on the floor, then arrange the pieces on the wall, considering spacing (keeping a minimum of 15 cm between pieces) and alignment for a balanced look.

8. Rotate Your Collection

Art is meant to be enjoyed, and rotating your collection keeps your space fresh and exciting. Change the pieces on display periodically to reflect seasons and events, or simply to enjoy different works. This practice also protects art from prolonged exposure to light and environmental factors.

9. Trust Your Instincts

Ultimately, your home should reflect your personal taste. Trust your instincts when selecting and displaying art. What matters most is that you love the pieces you choose and enjoy how they enhance your living space.

Why Choose Shoreditch Modern?

Shoreditch Modern is dedicated to providing high-quality art from emerging contemporary artists. Our curated selection ensures that you have access to unique and inspiring works that can transform your home. By purchasing from Shoreditch Modern, you are not only investing in beautiful art but also supporting talented artists at the forefront of the contemporary art scene.

 

Conclusion

Displaying contemporary art at home is a rewarding endeavour that allows you to express your personality and enhance your living space. By considering factors such as space, lighting, grouping, and framing, you can create stunning displays that showcase the beauty and diversity of contemporary art. Shoreditch Modern is here to help you find the perfect pieces to curate your space, offering expert guidance and a selection of exceptional art. Visit our gallery to explore the latest collections and start transforming your home today.