Clients With No Interest In Art: Now What?

Art is usually a personal thing. Many people like to express or display their taste through their art collection. Other people like to have a visual keepsake of a memorable holiday or happy occasion. In some larger design schemes, most commonly in hotels, art is often brought in to enhance or compliment a feature piece of furniture.

But what do you do if someone really doesn’t care or have any interest in the art in their home?

As tempting as it may seem, the answer is not to skip it all together. Our eyes are trained to appreciate and respond to complex scenery. Without something to fill the space, we would notice that something was missing, even if we can’t quite place what. Don’t worry though! Of all the problems to have, this is an easy one. You have options.

If you have a client who really doesn’t want any art, then a busy feature wallpaper would be a fitting solution (Check out this post for a feature wallpaper we’ve used!). One of the best times to use a busy feature wallpaper is when there aren’t going to be many things to distract or clutter the space. You can also go for a neutral art piece of your own choosing without being boring. The size, tone and style of the work can be just as important as the content. Take this example, where one of our clients was very specific about the type of sofa they wanted down to style and proportions, but were not concerned with very much else. We went with an abstract design that complimented the colour scheme without pulling focus, and also managed to keep the grey sofa from fading into the grey wall paint. We went large in order to balance the minimalist look to the rest of the room. With this painting we were able to give depth to an otherwise flat colour scheme.


If in doubt, go big

Importantly, this solution didn’t break the bank. The print was from Etsy and due to the size of the print we used plexiglass instead of glass. With Plexiglass, the framing costs were very reasonable and we had no weight issues on the limiting new-build walls. With this approach, you don’t have to invest an unreasonable amount of the budget in artwork that the client isn’t too concerned about in the first place, and can focus on heavier purchases in areas where the client is more focused.

Sculptural pieces make walls come to life

Another good alternative is filling a space with a sculptural piece. Sculptural pieces add depth and structure to a wall. Even though design wise they can be a bit innocuous, they can add greatly to the atmosphere of a room. With all of these options though, it’s important to remember not to get carried away. Don’t be tempted to go for a cluster or arrangement of many different pieces in a panic about leaving a space feel unfinished. Clusters and arrangements are more visually dominant than one large piece.

There are lots of options for what to do when your client doesn’t have an interest in what art hangs in their home. First and foremost, don’t be too quick to spend spend all their money on it, but don’t ignore art entirely. Go instead for something sedate that will enhance the items around it (you know, the ones you carefully selected to your client’s tastes) and will give a more homely, personal feel to the space.

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