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Heather Taylor is someone to know! She is the co-owner of the contemporary art gallery, Taylor De Cordoba, and an expert in selecting art for your home. Artwork makes a big impact in the design of your home. To break down some of the challenges in finding just the right art, Heather offers a handful of tips from everything from hanging and lighting artwork.
LAMPS PLUS: What was the first piece of art that you ever purchased?
HEATHER TAYLOR: When I lived in New York City I worked at a fantastic photography gallery called Laurence Miller Gallery and I purchased my first real piece of art there. It's a photograph by Eadweard Muybridge from his Animal Locomotion series from the late 19th century.
LAMPS PLUS: What style of artwork is your favorite?
HEATHER TAYLOR: I'm interested in all of it - paintings, works on paper, video, photography, installation. My favorite type of art is something that moves me.
LAMPS PLUS: Selecting the right artwork for your home can sometimes be a daunting project for art novices. What are a few tips for selecting and incoporating art into your home?
HEATHER TAYLOR: Buy pieces that you love and that you can imagine existing with on a daily basis. If you don't know what you love, start spending time at local galleries or on gallery websites. You will quickly discover what appeals to you.
LAMPS PLUS: I love art in the bathroom, but it seems that the wet environment would harm the art. What are the precautions for hanging art in the bathroom?
HEATHER TAYLOR: An unexpected bit of art in a powder room can be a fun surprise. As a rule, I avoid art in a master bath with a shower that would produce a lot of steam and humidity.
LAMPS PLUS: How do you mix family portraits with purchased art?
HEATHER TAYLOR: I'm all about the eclectic look, so I don't think there are any steadfast rules here. Just make sure that everything is framed well!
LAMPS PLUS: Once you select the perfect art piece, what is your advice for hanging art?
HEATHER TAYLOR: We use a simple formula as a guideline and then adjust what looks right to the eye. Fifty eight inches above the floor is the average eye level and is the centerline we usually aim for. Formula: c = (A/2) + 58 - B. (A = height of artwork, B = distance between wire at full tension and top of frame, C = height of screw or nail in wall.) Make sure you do all measurements in inches. We use Post-its on the wall, so it doesn't leave a mark in case we want to move the piece around.
LAMPS PLUS: What are a few tips for lighting artwork?
HEATHER TAYLOR: I prefer for artwork to seamlessly integrate into a home's environment, so I often suggest that collectors work with the lighting they already have in their house. However, if someone wants to invest in a new lighting system, I recommend track lighting. That provides you with options; you can spotlight or do a criss-cross spotlight. My favorite track lighting is the Lightolier Glass Cylinder White Track Head.
Images: Courtesy of Alex de Cordoba and Heather Taylor