My background is in the arts--I have a Master's Degree in Modern Art and Curatorial studies from Columbia, I worked at a public art organization in NYC for nearly 6 years, and I am still on the board of Public Art St Paul--so I suppose it's not surprising that the art is one of my favorite parts of any project.
The more I use art to finish spaces, the more I think about the ways we can be strategic not just with the type of art we choose, but the way we hang it to polish a room.
One of my favorite tactics is the stacked pair. Stacking an actual pair is pretty fool-proof, and it can be a great way to fill all of those narrow spots in a house.
My powder room, above the toilet:
My old guest room:
(a foolproof way to do a mismatched pair: two from the same artist, in the same medium, like these fashion illustration watercolors)
(these are pieces from 2 different artists, but both are black and white line drawings in gold frames.)
The stacked pair is also a great way to visually balance a tall piece of furniture, like we did in this home:
With the library shelf, the stacked pair helps flank the window--the largest element in the room. The pieces are from the same artist, in identical frames:
In Eleri's room, there isn't space for nightstands on both sides of the bed, but the bed felt imbalanced without a second lamp. Enter--you guessed it!--a stacked pair.
In my living room, the window is off center on the couch. To bring symmetry, I used a pair of side tables topped with a pair of lamps--and filled in the white space next to the window with a pair of 1970s portraits.
Advanced move: on this landing, I needed to balance the height of the gallery wall. The stacked pair was an orderly way to get the height we needed.
I repeated the same stacked pair facing this one, to "end" the gallery wall:
I do love symmetry, balance, and pairs. Most pairs in a room (chairs, tables, lamps) run on a horizontal plane. A stacked pair gives the same balance, but since it runs vertical there is a new sense of movement.
Other posts in the works for this series: the row, the column, the flanking pair, and the butterfly. Stay tuned.