5 ways to use statement art at home

Interior designer Anna Burles tells us how to add accents to home decor with statement artworks

It is an age-old interiors dilemma: how to make your home unique to you. Adding antiques, which have all the marks of years of use, is one way to do it. As Christie's Multiplied will show this weekend though, adding a contemporary print is another.

Christie's Multiplied is the only art fair that focuses exclusively on contemporary art in editions. To celebrate its opening on 16th October, interior designer Anna Burles, who has created spaces at Harrods and worked on pop star Ellie Goulding's home, passes on her advice for playing around with statement artwork in your home.

  1. If your space has a neutral palette, consider art that adds a pop of colour to liven it up. The accent of red on the wall-mounted storage in the image below is referenced in both the art and the table lamp. In an all-white scheme, this corner of colour is really eye-catching. To ring the changes, think about moving your art around regularly or, to create a totally different look, simply add a different coloured piece.


  1. If you have a smaller pot to spend, hanging multiple artworks can be an effective way to create a big impression without blowing the budget. Make sure the disparate frames hang together (they don’t need to match, just complement each other). A simple print or poster can be transformed by a frame mount and interesting style of frame. Ask your framer for some leftfield suggestions.

  1. Art really does affect your mood, so why choose one piece when you could source a selection that you can rotate to suit the way you’re feeling? A cluster of frames, propped on a shelf, mantelpiece or on the floor can be easily rejigged, moving a new piece to the front and changing the order to feel fresh again.

  1. Ironically, deep and rich paint colours can really lift a small space. They don’t make the room feel small but cosy instead, particularly during the colder months. If you have a bold colour scheme, emphasize that further by choosing art that harmonises tonally, reinforcing the bold palette.


  1. Play around and make a witty statement through your choice of art by mirroring the content of the piece with a texture, finish or design detail in your interior. The scheme shown in the image below cleverly picks up the sheepskin stool nestling beneath.

Interior designer Anna Burles, founder of Run for the Hills interior design, will offer tips on showcasing artworks in the home as part of a special Christie's Lates: Multiplied Edition at Christie's South Kensington, 85 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3LD on Friday 16th October from 6pm-8.30pm. For further details visit multipliedartfair.com

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