The owners of a 1960s split-level house were ready to renovate. They hired Jonas Carnemark to upgrade the home’s dated exterior, then turned to the interiors. A main priority: to create a space that would showcase the couple’s extensive modern art collection.
Before positioning the paintings and sculpture, Carnemark and his team completed an art inventory with the clients. “We created a plan for placement and color,” he explains. “We did groupings of paintings and the clients decided which major pieces they wanted to showcase in the public spaces in the house.”
Recessed halogen lights were placed strategically on gimbals that can be ad-justed to illuminate each piece of art.
RENOVATION ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN: JONAS CARNEMARK, CR, CKD, CARNEMARK, Bethesda, Maryland. PHOTOGRAPHY: ANICE HOACHLANDER.
JONAS CARNEMARK’S TRADE SECRETS:
- When choosing which art should go where, ask yourself what is most important to you—what should be in a private versus a public area of the house.
- Light each room as if it will have art in it and it will be well lit. Light that bounces off walls gets rid of shadows in corners and reflected light is softer and nicer than direct light. It flatters the room’s occupants.
- Don’t be afraid of grouping art and creating art walls. You don’t have to center every piece of art. Grouping it can show it off to better advantage.
- Make a plan that takes into account the colors and shapes of each piece of art with respect to your home. Doing an art inventory was very helpful in this project, so every piece was accounted for.