Art on the Floor

August 30, 2010 at 7:34 AM 5 comments

About a month ago, I showed pictures of Ellen Pompeo’s house in a post you can click to here.  My brother pointed out the art that was sitting on the floor.  Like this….

It seems to be a trend or may even be a decorating tip that I have not learned about as of yet to display your art on the floor.


Image via Apartment Therapy


Image via Apartment Therapy


Image via Apartment Therapy

While it is something that I have seen done many times before, I do not agree with the look.  I think it looks like you just haven’t figured out where to hang the art yet.  I also think it’s a great place for the art to collect dust, get knocked over and generally be ignored.  To me, art is one of the most absolute important parts of any room and to just put it on the floor seems a bit neglectful of the artist’s work.  The only exception would be if it is a large art work or sculpture that is too large to be hung.  Like these two pieces below –

What do you think?

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  • 1. Beatrice  |  August 30, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    I agree with your comments—art is meant to be seen at eye level. In addition, if you have young children, it wouldn’t last long down there on the floor. I have seen art mounted under tables but still think it looks like you just have more stuff than you can display.

  • 2. debby manning  |  August 30, 2010 at 9:01 AM

    kate, I think that w/ almost anything/everything art and or design oriented there is little room for ‘agreement ‘ or ‘disagreement’! some of the rooms you featured were enhanced by the ‘art on the floor’ look while others were the wrong scale and did indeed look like ‘dust catchers’!! the trend may be an offshoot of the ‘leaner’ concept of leaning art on a mantel or chest or or or. . . but as w/ any vignette, the color, energy and style of the particular piece may be what the designer is going for, so again, no right or wrong, just limitless possibility; some great, many “not so much”!

  • 3. Jill  |  August 30, 2010 at 9:45 AM

    I agree. It looks like the one picture I still have propped up against the wall of my apartment because I can’t find the stud in the wall to nail it in! It’s a very unfinished and unsettling look. I like Debby’s view of an offshoot of the “leaner” concept though!
    Can’t wait to see you in SF XOXO

  • 4. don  |  August 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

    art at eye level. perhaps it’s the rest of the furniture in the rooms that is wrong. replace it all with day beds.

  • 5. Kristen  |  August 30, 2010 at 10:35 AM

    Totally agree. It looks messy and unfinished. It’s ok for someone who just moved in or MAYBE in the case of it being a very large piece of art, but those small pictures just look ridiculous on the floor.


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