Artwork Against Dark & Vibrant Walls

Artwork Against Dark & Vibrant Walls

Sarah Rainwater
Oct 18, 2010

Over the past few years we've noticed more and more museums and galleries opting for colored walls instead of white for showcasing artwork, and the effect is sometimes surprising and often dramatic — a saturated backdrop can make the difference between a painting or photograph disappearing into its surroundings or popping off the wall.

Above are a few examples of homes and museums where wall colors give the artwork a life outside the borders of their frames.

1. Moving Before & After: From Traditional to Whimsical

2. House Tour: Alex's Granny Chic

3. A Dark Black & White Photography Wall

4. Color Dilemna: Do Bright Walls Hurt or Highlight Artwork?

5. A Dramatic & Colorful Gallery at the RISD Museum

Images: 1,3,5: Sarah Rainwater; 2,4: Rachel Grad

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