Shown above: Evan Stuart Marshall, Available Light, mixed media and cold wax on panel, 8 in x 8 in.
Sometimes people say to me, "I have no space left in my house for art." My response; "Wanna bet?" If you sometimes feel you would like to have more art in your home but don't know where to put it, consider these ideas.
1. Who says you can't put a painting in the bathroom? You just need to take the humidity into account. Mold loves paper-based and wood products, so don't hang paper art. Canvas prints, rather than original canvas art, is a smart idea because they have a moisture-resistant coating. Also consider a metal print. Other ideas: artwork made from non-paper products, such as decorative tiles, plates and masks with a protective coating.
2. Consider transitional spaces. Walk through your home and take a new look at those in-between places such as hallways, entrances to your home, nooks formed by closets or built-ins, even spaces above doorways! Hanging art in these spaces gives everyone fresh new places to look and also pulls the spaces into the design of your home as a whole.
3. Shelf it. Don't forget horizontal surfaces such as bookshelves, mantels, side tables and wide windowsills. Work art in with other objects such as knickknacks, flowers, seashells, books, boxes and clocks.
4. Take the stairs! So many stairway walls lie wasted. Consider these spaces for collections of pieces. To unify them, put them all in the same frame.
Once you start thinking this way, you're sure to come up with more places you never thought of for art!
I'm Evan Stuart Marshall, an abstract painter living and working in Roseland, NJ. I love working art into my daily life.