Picture, picture on the wall

October 8, 2015

How to use art to complete your interior

Decorating walls with art goes back to over 35,000 years, and it is something that is part of what defines us as humans and possibly, together with music and literature, is one of our greatest achievements! Art is a window into the imaginary, and just like no mind should be without imagination, a home should not be without its beauty and uplifting quality.

Framed pictures of Paris
Views of Paris on these prints complement the Louis XVI dining chairs that have been dressed with fine blue damask and gilded trims. Both the chairs and the art are available on our website.
Hall table with framed prints
The gold frames, matching the gilded Louis XVI hall table, bring an elegant formality to this French Louis Lounge. The red vase becomes an accent that relates to the red in the robes of the Chinese ancestors, bringing the world together.

Buffet and framed prints

Framed Chinese prints
These lovely antique prints are from a French artist who visited China in the 18th century and depicted life in towns and its everyday activities. The blue of the mat in the frame complement the French Blue grey with which we painted the custom-made display buffet that we designed and made especially for this room.
French hall console
To create a welcoming formality in this entrance I placed French prints with blue and gold to match the chairs and Louis console.
Stairwell with Chagall print
A Chagall lithograph on a stair landing is a great way to dress an otherwise blank wall and transform it into an art and design statement.
When working as an interior designer and decorating a home, I always try to understand what type of art is meaningful to the client. I take into consideration their cultural background, where they have lived, the places they loved visiting, and out of all that I get a sense as to what will best suit them.
Art on a wall is also a way to bring perspective and transform the wall from a barrier into a view, a view that takes us onto a memory, a new place or into nature. Paintings and even prints can also act as a pivotal medium that integrates the colours and decor of the room, the blue of a mat border in a picture can relate to the blue fabric of the sofa so that it feels related.
Ultimately, the quality of relationships between colours, surfaces and shapes in a room is what gives us the feeling of togetherness, that, in turn is what gives us the feeling of harmony. So, my advice to you is, don’t forget the art on the wall. When you come home their vistas can feed and uplift the soul, and after a hard day’s work, who doesn’t need that….
Happy decorating!
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– Jean-Christophe
Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

Jean-Christophe Burckhardt

An expert on interior design, craftsmanship and fine arts, Jean-Christophe has trained extensively in Italy, France and Switzerland. Since moving to Australia, he has supplied many of the country’s grand homes and collected a number of awards for his furniture designs.