I’ve lived in my home for over two years now, there are still a few bare walls that need to be addressed. Figuring out what artwork to put up is super intimidating to me. Where do I buy art? How do I find something that I not only love now, but will love for years to come. And how do I make sure the artwork works with the room, my furniture and my personality? Most recently, I had a chance to talk with Montreal-based Alessandra Salituri, the Founder and Creative Director of Citizen Atelier, an online studio with art from around the world. I instantly fell in love with the art and artists in the well-curated online shop. Maybe art doesn’t have to be so intimidating.
I don’t know where to start with selecting artwork for my home, it feels overwhelming & intimidating! Where would you suggest a newbie like myself start?
I completely understand–the art buying process can be very intimidating. I always tell people to start with one key piece that they absolutely love and work from there. My philosophy is that your home is a reflection of who you are and art is the most personalized element in your space. Go with your heart and see what catches your eye. I know I’ve always loved whimsical and surrealist photographs in monochromatic palettes. Now, if you’re buying art for the first time, I usually recommend a large-scale limited-edition photograph. It makes a beautiful statement, retains its value, and comes at an affordable price.
How does one determine what type of art suits their home/room and personality – do you have any tips to share?
A few of my go-to tips: If your space is traditional, opt for more classic paintings and photographs that mirror the saturated colour palette of your room. For minimalist and modern decor, you can never go wrong with a simple neutral abstract piece. For laid-back boho homes with a beachy vibe, I love editorial photography. And finally, for an industrial space, I suggest something oversized and edgy for extra impact.
Do you have any tips on how to start and create a stunning gallery wall?
Absolutely! I always say that the key to a beautifully curated gallery wall is having one cohesive element that brings it together–either a similar color scheme, theme or complementary frames. I’m a big fan of mixing antique finds with modern photography. The juxtaposition looks fresh and layered. When hanging your gallery wall, the trick is to anchor the largest piece in the middle and work outward. My rule of thumb for spacing is to leave at least 1 ¼ inches between each piece. Also, make sure the focal point of the gallery wall sits at around eye level, which is about 60 inches from the floor.
The prints in your shop are beautiful, how does one go about choosing the right frame for their print or if the frame needs matting?
Framing is highly subjective, though I’ve always been of the school of thought that less is more! Let your art shine and be the star. I love understated options, specifically black and white wood frames with no mat. The exception I make is if I have a really simple, monochromatic print–a more intricate and interesting frame can add a luxurious element. I usually don’t use mats unless I have a small piece of art and I want to add to its size. If you do go the mat route, I suggest a single layered white or off-white mat.
What are some of the best sellers in your shop? Do you have a print that you’re currently obsessed with?
We have many top sellers on Citizen Atelier. This month, moody and edgy photographs by Ashley Woodson Bailey, Stephanie Vovas and Sean Gallagher have been really hot. I’m obsessed with all of the work on the site. I curate it based on the pieces I would chose for my own home. Right now, I’m coveting a Rebeca Cygnus self-portrait piece for my living room. For some reason, I love art that depicts people! You’ll see a lot of that style in the gallery.