Color Palette: Picking A Wall Color to Highlight Your Artwork

One of my favorite parts of the Room of the Week is the juxtaposition of the yellow matted photos against the dark moody wall.  Imagine if the wall was white instead, the yellow wouldn’t seem nearly as bright or bold.

I mentioned earlier that I visited the National Gallery of Art this past weekend.   I am always inspired by the amazing pieces of art inside and I am also  inspired by the wall colors chosen by the museum to highlight the art.  In the East building that houses the more modern pieces of art the wall colors are almost consistently white, but in the West building the wall colors are dark and moody and varied in color. And the wall colors always enhance the art perfectly.

I can’t find any great images of the galleries at the National Gallery of Art, but I did find some great photos of the galleries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And, here are a few photos I quickly snapped with my phone of a few pieces of art in the National Gallery of Art.  Keep in mind that the colors are even darker in person.

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I think the wall color in our own homes can have the same effect on the art if we choose it with the art in mind.  I thought it would be fun to try out a few pieces of art  against different wall colors.  I picked the wall color based on the colors in the painting. I’m using Farrow & Ball colors, since they are currently used in many art museums.

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Artist 1 //  Artist 2 //  Artist 3 //  Artist 4 //  Artist 5 //  Artist 6

Which tones are your favorite?  Do they change with each painting?

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