Art Collecting and Interior Design: How to Showcase Your Personality at Home

Art Collecting and Interior Design: how to collect and display art in a gallery wall

When it comes to creating a home that truly feels like your own, nothing speaks louder than the art you choose to display. Art is not just a decorative element; it is a reflection of your journey, tastes, and the life you live. Here’s what I look for when collecting and displaying art in my home, and in the homes of my clients.


A dining room with a collection of original art and prints by Lesley Myrick Interior Design
Where to Begin When Collecting Art

Embarking on the journey of collecting art might seem daunting at first, but with the right approach, it becomes an enriching experience that enhances your living space.

  • Educate Yourself: Attend art fairs, exhibitions, and galleries, especially while traveling (some of my favorite pieces were picked up at independent galleries, street fairs, and boutiques while abroad). Get familiar with different styles and periods until you find what truly resonates with you.
  • Plan Your Investment: Art can vary widely in price. Decide on a price point that allows you to purchase pieces that are meaningful without breaking the bank; also consider the additional investment for custom framing.
  • Seek Professional Advice: Don’t hesitate to consult with art advisors or interior designers who specialize in art curation. They can provide valuable insights and access to artworks.
Collecting art can include prints, like in this kitchen designed by Macon interior designer Lesley Myrick
Displaying Your Art

Once you’ve started your collection, the next step is to integrate these pieces into your home in a way that complements your existing decor.

  • Proper Lighting: Ensure that each piece is well-lit to enhance its features. Consider installing dedicated lights for significant pieces.
  • Placement: Play with the positioning—whether it’s a central piece above the fireplace or a small sculpture on a bookshelf. Each placement should feel intentional and balanced.
Art Collecting In Action

Here are some examples of how art has transformed our client’s spaces:

A colorful home office with original abstract art

A Playfully Polished Home Office: For our entrepreneur client in Waco, TX with a home-based business, we displayed a vibrant original abstract painting by Lesley Grainger above her desk that brightened her workdays and complimented the fuchsia, orange and turquoise color palette of the room. We chose to hang the canvas unframed for a relaxed look.

A personality-driven guest bedroom in Macon, GA by interior designer Lesley Myrick featuring a collection of art

A Quirky Yet Calming Guest Bedroom: For a CEO client in Macon, Georgia, we integrated eclectic pieces including a large-scale Slim Aarons photograph, a textured juju hat, and playful vintage-inspired print that have served as memorable conversation starters for her guests.

Incorporating original art into your home design not only enhances the aesthetic value of your space but also creates an environment that truly represents who you are. As you collect art, remember that each piece is a chapter of your story—a reflection of your past, present, and aspirations.

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