Interior Design: The Home of an Art Collector

Interior Design: The Home of an Art Collector

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case DISD

It’s often said that life imitates art. This is probably most literal for the avid art collector, someone who enjoys displaying valuable art pieces in their living space. Designing the home of an art collector is no different than designing for any residence in that to be successful, striking a balance between creativity and functionality is key. In any well-designed space, the placement of art pieces within a home is deliberate. For instance, when it comes to valuable paintings, placing them away from vents, fireplaces, wet walls and radiators is something to consider in order to preserve the work. Lighting is also important when displaying paintings in a home – allowing direct sunlight is something you’d want to avoid to prevent fading and drying out.

Of course, there are many other factors to consider for an art collector’s home, making it a great idea to consult a professional interior designer to ensure that your artistic pieces will be displayed optimally.


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San Francisco loft designed by Wardell +Sagan Projekt, photography by Drew Kelly

What do you get when you transform a “3200 square foot Chinese Laundry and Tooth Powder Factory?”  An urban loft with an art gallery!  With concrete walls, soft wooden floors and exposed structural beams, who would not want to view art in this space? Two shipping containers, fully contained within the loft, house the bedroom and bathroom.

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San Francisco loft designed by Wardell +Sagan Projekt, photography by Drew Kelly

Just as artists differ in their creative expressions, so do the fans who appreciate their work. It’s important to listen to the client and understand the way that they live in order to create a truly successful home for an avid art collector. A seasoned interior designer will know how to create a stunning vignette in the living room and will consider, when studying a floor plan, where people will rest their eyes when they enter a room, but none of that matters unless they can also allow the personality of the homeowner to shine through. As long as that remains a key focus, designing the space for art fanatics can be a truly rewarding creative experience.



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