Color Dilemna: Do Bright Walls Hurt or Highlight Artwork?

Color Dilemna: Do Bright Walls Hurt or Highlight Artwork?

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Rachael Grad
Aug 31, 2009

In Apartment Therapy's House Tours, we've seen art collections displayed on brightly colored walls while some homes keep walls gallery white to showcase artwork. What do you prefer at home? Click through some recent examples and tell us whether you like bright or white walls.

We find bright walls distracting at art museums, but love bold color choices at home. How do you display artwork in your home?

• 2. Alex uses bold colors like this deep turquoise (Caroline Pines from Dutch Boy) in House Tour: Alex's Granny Chic
• 3. white walls showcase colorful paintings in the The Swiss Ambassador's Patriotic Home
• 4. Joff displays his impressive art collection, including the Kehinde Wiley portrait shown here, in Joff Brings L.A. Style to DC
• 5. the warm color of C2 Roasted Tomato contrasts with the clean lines of Scott's black and white artwork - Scott's Detailed Restoration at The Ontario
• 6. the turquoise wall picks up a similar color in the wall poster in Laura & Eric's Adams Morgan Condo
• 7. colorful, abstract art in Michael's Calm TriBeCa Apartment
• 8. traditional oil paintings on white walls play off the mid-century modern furniture in The Danish Ambassador's Mid-Century Modern Home
• 9. the warm, autumn colors play off the masks and artwork in Chris' Cozy Autumn-Colored Condo
• 10. the bright and distracting purple and red walls of the El Paso Museum of Art, where we were inspired to write this post!

(Images: Rachael Grad)

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