Now that Indian Summer is coming to a close here in Mississippi and the chilly winds of fall are blowing through our open windows, we start the migration inside for the colder weather. Inevitably, the cooler months brings people into closer quarters around hot toddies and fireplaces.
What does this have to do with art in your home? Well, we love the idea of having a rotating collection of pieces for each season. We're not talking about decorations necessarily— but pieces of art that work better in some seasons than in others.
So here are five tips for having a rotating collection of seasonal art…
Have mainstay pieces. We're not really suggesting that you change out your whole art collection multiple times a year. The logistics of that are mind boggling! We suggest having some larger pieces that stay in one place all year and changing out the pieces around them. A Richard Kelso landscape, for example, can be for all seasons!
Consider your palette. This is good advice in any situation, but especially here. You don't want your art to clash with the colors of your furniture, walls, etc. So be mindful of buying pieces that stick to your color scheme, but reflect a different theme/feeling that goes with the season. Martha Ferris plays with many different palettes of color (or black and white) for her different pieces. There's something of her's for everyone!
Think about logistics... It's kind of improbable that you'll find pieces for your rotating collection that are the exact same size and shape and can be replaced interchangeably. You obviously don't want to be patching your walls multiple times a year just because you want to switch out the art. So think about how you can display the season-specific pieces in a way that won't cause renovation or construction! Benny Melton's work tends to be of similar size and shape (7x5, 5x7, 9x12, etc) and focuses on different place-specific themes.
*Pro-Tip: try the lean instead of the hang.
Light changes every season... This is important to consider in general, even if you're never going to take down any of your art collection. If you display a painting directly in front of a window that gets full sun multiple hours a day (no matter the season), you may want to research how to preserve the piece from fading. Also, if you're switching out a cooler-colored summer piece (let's say a beach scene like this one for a warmer colored scene like this one) then you may need to think about switching your natural / indoor lighting situation to best work with the pieces. With that said, you don't really have to worry about that with ceramics— cooler colored Andrew McIntyre pieces look beautiful on a summer/spring place setting, while warmer Matt Long cups and vases look nice in a heart and soul warming meal.
Matchy-matchy is not for everyone... I had a math teacher in middle school who drew a fire on one part of the board and an ice cube on the other. When students complained about being too hot or too cold, he would point them to one image or another and tell them to concentrate on the feeling of warmth or coldness and that would help. It never really worked for me, but I love the idea of having pieces around me that remind me of different times and memories. So in the dead of winter, I can look at a fun beach scene and remember that summer will get here. Paul Fayard's work often has lush greens and warmer weather things.