Saloni Doshi has been obsessed with art ever since can remember. It started out with buying a few pieces every now and then, but soon she was spending her entire salary from her corporate job on buying art. “I was living with my parents then and at some point they got fed up of it and I had to start storing them in a warehouse,” says Saloni. It was only a natural progression for her to take her obsession to the next level. It’s been a decade since she launched Space 118, a gorgeous creative getaway in Mumbai where she provides residencies to Indian and international artists. And today she is one of the city’s best known art patrons. When she moved out of her parents’ home into her own apartment in Mumbai, making her collection the focus of the décor was the most important for her. “Just being close to the art practice and the art narrative has helped me understand important things about art and even hanging art. So when it comes to people who are looking at buying art, or don’t have big budgets and are just interested in beautifying their home with art objects there are certain things one must keep in mind. The most important is that art has to be something that conveys your own budget, your own style and your own journey,” she explains.
Saloni Doshi has been obsessed with art ever since SHE can remember. It started out with buying a few pieces every now and then, but soon she was spending her entire salary from her corporate job on buying art. So, when it comes to people who are looking at buying art, or don’t have big budgets and are just interested in beautifying their home with art objects there are certain things one must keep in mind. The most important is that art has to be something that conveys your own budget, your own style and your own journey,” she explains. From lighting to framing to size and scale, watch Saloni Doshi share some of her best tips on how to display art at home!
Here are some of her tips to best display art in your home:
“This is key to hanging art. Good lighting is not necessarily expensive. Good wall washers or focus lighting where the light falls on the artwork makes all the difference.”
2. Size and scale
“Often people have 7ft or 9ft wide sofas and walls that are 20ft and they hang three small works in the middle of the wall, I don’t think that looks good. Also, you can’t even see the artworks properly. Instead, if you use a large piece of work, it helps the scale of the house making the space look larger.”
3. Framing and mounts
“I think framing plays a large role in how in sync the art in your house is. You can also bring in an element of colour in your home with blue, green or red frames. You can get neutral coloured frames if you have a more classical home. So that depends on your style and personality or the story you want to convey.”
A photograph from Yograj Chitrakar series of Nikhil Chopra above the couch; Guldasta by Subodh Gupta on the side table; next to that is an abstract brick work by Teja Gavankar.
4. Hanging the art
“When my house was being designed I made a conscious decision that all the art had to be hung on channels. These are invisible nylon cords that can take up to 50 kgs of weight. This is done so you can move I around and you don’t have to nail your walls.”
5. Art and your home décor products
“Most people would first choose their sofas, cushions, curtains, bedspreads etc and then decide what kind of art they want. For my house I first put up all the art and then bought the furniture and furnishings and everything else. I have never colour coordinated anything in my house. You can do this as you like, but I felt for a home like mine art took precedence over everything else.”
Saloni hangs her artwork on channels with invisible nylon cords. This is done so that they can be easily moved around and the walls don't have to be nailed.
Using a large piece of artwork, helps the scale of the house making the space look larger.
‘The arrival of Vasco da Gama into India’ by N Pushpamala; ‘Joint Family Glitch’, a sculpture in sheesham wood by Nandan Ghiya. The salmon pink chairs are from Kavita Singh Interiors and the grey couch is from Colonial Collections.
‘Studio Guests’ by Anju Dodhiya above the console; ‘Traumanauma – The City of the Gland’ by Jitish Kalat in the hallway next to it; ‘Left Spectrum Signages’ by Tanya Goel.
Saloni's bedroom is a light and calming space.
Drawings by Seher Shah and Shreyas Karle above the bed.
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