5 Inspirational Ways to Display Sculpture in Your Home
By Georgina Savery-Smith | 5 mins
The addition of sculpture will never fail to elevate your home and once you've found the perfect piece, the next step is finding the perfect location!
Here we'll share with you some inspirational ideas and concepts on how to display sculpture in the home based on the work of some of the best interior designers around the world.
1. Allow for 360 Degree Views
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A central location makes the perfect spot for a stand alone piece (of a certain size of course) and will ensure that your sculpture is enjoyed from all angles without restriction. Not only that, but it mirrors museum quality displays in that it will provide plenty of space around the sculpture.
The living room above illustrates how a low coffee table works brilliantly as a base for sculpture, and does so without obstructing the flow of the room. A reception room can also provide a fantastic location for your sculpture, offering great views from every angle.
2. Utilise Shelf Space
Shelves, ledges, recessed areas and mantel peices all offer the ideal location to showcase those smaller pieces of work.
This is a great option for those of you with less square footage as it holds the added bonus of not taking up any precious floor space.
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Smaller works are enhanced by their surroundings and a carefully curated shelf can bring a sculpture of this nature to life.
For example, the owners of the home above have cleverly utilised pre-exisiting spaces within a bulit in bookcase to display their collection of sculptures.
Although sculptures work well to break up areas such as bookshelves, here the solely sculptural collection dramatizes the space.
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Another great destination for any smaller sculptures, the mantel piece brings height and prominence to your sculpture display.
When displaying several works look for pieces with a similar feel for cohesion, or choose contrasting materials and subjects for a more eclectic look.
3. Put it on a pedestal
Raise your sculpture closer to eye level and create the ultimate viewing experience with the addition of a pedestal.
A traditional and classic method of display, the pedestal will draw attention to your piece, giving it the presentation it deserves. Adding vital height to your sculpture, but also to your room, the pedestal has the ability to maintain that important breathing room around the sculpture.
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Create harmony by opting for a pedestal which complements your sculpture; or, add interest by juxtaposing the two components.
Make sure that your pedestal does not overwhelm the artwork itself by experimenting with various heights and materials in order to find the right one for your artwork and space.
Above, a traditional form of pedestal blends seamlessly with the classic design of the room for a harmonious and elegant look.
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In comparison, the living room above shows a succesful juxtaposition of styles, integrating the classic idea of the pedestal into a contemporary space. Here, the curved form of the artwork contrasts beautifully with the clean lines of the modern and minalistic pedestal creating a well-balanced room.
4. Create a Feature Wall
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For a clean and minamlist look opt for sculptures which can be hung on the wall and will therefore keep your floor space free of clutter.
This is also a great way to add some texture to your interior. See the way the smooth, polished texture of this wall sculpture perfectly complements its surrounding sleek interior.
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In this example, the natural earthy tones and textures of the geometric sculpture bring visual interest and a sense of depth to this room.
5. Think Larger than Life
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If space is available to you, a large freestanding sculpture makes for a striking statement.
Try not to worry about choosing something which is too oversized, more often people make the mistake of choosing a sculpture which is too small for a space.
As shown above, a spacious entryway offers the perfect location for a dramatic focal point and is gaurenteed to make an impact on any visitors.
In addition to location, lighting is another crucial element which has the ability to completely alter the display of your piece.
Daylight is best, however strategically placed lights will also work well, emphasizing the form of your work.
Be careful when using single, bold spotlights as they can create dark shadows and run the risk of hiding sections of the work in darkness.