A few months ago I started work on a gorgeous brownstone in Brooklyn. The space has beautiful picture moldings, but my client was concerned about how to she should hang art. I felt that we could ignore the moldings and hang the art as we normally would but, as always, I knew it would be easiest to convey that concept with images. Luckily, AD had a great slideshow of different ways to hang art around moldings. I of course, zeroed in on the images where art was hung directly over the moldings (since that's what I was rooting for) and shared them with her.
The first image above, and the following three are what we used as our inspiration.
In this image, not only is the art hung over the molding, but it's also hung over the doors. A brilliant way to close off a space you don't want used.
I was reminded of this when I picked up the latest issue of Galerie and saw the images of the home Charlie Ferrer designed for his parents. Here the empty space surrounding the painting really lets it shine.
Here is another image from the same home. I love how Ferrer hung the art above the mantle and over the window.
Sidenote: If you haven't had a chance yet, pick up an issue of Galerie. It's one of the great shelter magazines on the stands these days.
If you need more convincing, here is an image from an apartment Gil Schafer designed....
...and Michael Smith's home in Madrid. Even the sconces are a bit off center here which I love.
In some cases, the art does not even need to be framed. Here's a perfect example (from another Galerie feature) by Brian McCarthy.
Hopefully we'll have some images from the Brooklyn townhouse to show with you in the next few months!