If Walls Could Talk

December 2, 2016 in Art | Comments (0)

2016baileyexhibitWhy do most galleries and museums typically paint their walls white, beige or pale gray for their display walls? Most are keeping their display background neutral to attract attention  on the artwork. If the “wall talks too much”, gallery visitors might miss the artwork. A gallery may also benefit from its light colored walls which reflect more light to their display area while giving the space a fresh and open feel.  But, at home, you can be as creative as you like by adding extra pizzazz with rich, intense color on your walls. Some paintings and wall art actually look better with a colorful backdrop.

Painted walls also compensate for poor architectural details. If you have beautiful moldings, trim, niches or built-ins, your walls look great in most any color. Some architectural designs are better in whites and beiges but the use of bold color to distract the eye can create something special where the builder didn’t.

If your room gets lots of sun and sometimes feels “too warm”, cool it down by painting the walls with a cool color. Likewise, if your room feels too frosty, warm it up with a warm paint color. The way we perceive a room affects the way we feel, and you can balance the extremes with the right color and the right art work.

The image here is an example of a display area at Hunter-Wolff Gallery where it chose to use a texture wall paper in tan and brown to hide wall defects and showcase Clifford T. Bailey’s classic oil paintings.

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