Every house is different, but there are many places in every home to put sculptures. When people imagine a sculpture, they often imagine an exhibit at a museum where one room is full of grand sculptures on massive pedestals. Your home likely cannot accommodate a large focal piece in every room but would benefit from using smaller pieces throughout your space.
Sculptures do not have to be ornate or famous pieces either. Choose a style you like or a particular artist and go from there. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it is up to you to find pieces that work for you and your home. After all, you are the one that has to look at them every day.
Sculptures do not have to be made from stone or metal but can be made from glass, porcelain, and many other materials. It is best to stick to one material in a single room for cohesiveness, but if you want to mix materials, link the pieces by a common theme, ex: animals, people, or abstract.
Here are 7 spaces in your home that you can put a sculpture:
The entryway of your home is the most obvious place for a sculpture. Guests coming into your home will enter through here and see your marvelous piece of artwork. If you have ample space, use a large piece to draw attention, but not so large you have to shimmy around it to get into the rest of the house.
Sculptures can be placed on the floor or in a corner, but ensure they are visible from multiple angles. Sculptures are three-dimensional art and are best viewed from many directions.
Whether your shelves are free-standing or built-in, bookshelves are an excellent location for a sculpture. A sculpture can add dimension to your shelf when mixed with your favorite books and some small artwork.
These pieces you add to your decor are not required to have a special meaning to you. You are more than welcome to like a piece for how it looks or how it fits into the rest of your theme with no personal attachment.
A bookshelf is a perfect place to add some elements from the books you choose to place on the shelf. For example, if you prominently display your fantasy collection that includes dragons, consider getting a dragon sculpture to complement the books and draw attention to the shelf.
Many people have a coffee table in their living room, and this is another spectacular location for a sculpture. Many tables are plain and uninteresting, and you can create interest by adding some art to the top of the table.
Coffee tables often go unused, or they have a few books stacked on them that no one has opened in years. Refresh your table by adding some art to the surface.
If you use your table for holding more than dusty books, consider getting a coffee table that is a sculpture itself. Many glass-top tables have unusual bases and can add interest without removing functional space.
Storage is essential in any home, and that chest of drawers you have in your hallway is begging for some interest. A set of small sculptures with a uniting theme will work perfectly on the narrow table.
Take into account the lighting in your hall, as an unlit sculpture might as well not be there at all. A bright spot near a window could provide the light you need to see your piece of art perfectly.
Sculptures are not limited to tabletops or pedestals. If you have a small space, you can use a lightweight wall-mounted sculpture to draw the eye up the wall. These wall-mounted pieces can be related to other pieces in the room, or just fit with the overall theme of the home.
Ceiling sculptures are less common but provide more opportunities for sculptures. When installed correctly, they can make the sculpture seem as though it is floating in midair. This ethereal quality can add the illusion of more space.
Office furniture is notoriously bland. Spice it up by adding sculptures to your office on either the shelves or your desk. If you happen to love elephants, get a small elephant sculpture for your desk to bring you happiness every time your eyes pass over it. This can make your workday more enjoyable.
Consider fitting the pieces you work into your office decor into a theme around your line of work. If you work for a company that works on airplanes, put airplane-related sculptures around your office to keep you focused on your work, but add some beauty and dimension to the four walls around you.
Your kitchen is where you spend a lot of time cooking and preparing meals for yourself or your family. Countertops are often cluttered with unopened mail or snacks that haven’t been put away. Draw the attention away from these items by adding a statement piece in your kitchen.
Keep in mind the size of the piece, and don’t let it take over the space. The goal is to enhance the space, not make it harder to use.
Sculptures will fit into almost any room in the house, and there is no rule saying where you can and cannot put a sculpture. Be sure that wherever you put your piece, it can be viewed from multiple angles and is well lit enough to see the detail.
Large sculptures are great additions or large rooms and shouldn’t be placed in small spaces. They will only make the room feel smaller. If you have a large sculpture that is weather-resistant, you may consider putting it outside in your garden where you can enjoy it in nature.
Lighting is essential for a sculpture. Place the sculpture in a well-lit area or make sure the lights from your house are shining on it. Try to avoid spotlights, as these create harsh shadows and lighting from directly underneath, often called monster lighting, as it will create a horror movie effect on your piece. However, some glass pieces will benefit from this type of lighting.
Enjoy placing sculptures in your home, and don’t feel like you have to do them all at once. Home decor is always evolving as you grow and change.