Gallery walls are nothing new, from family portraits to the traditional salon rooms of Versailles they are a beautiful way to make a statement. A melting pot of culture and aristocracy, French salons galvanized the Enlightenment period with avant-garde art exhibitions as the backdrop for literary and political discussions. Held partly to amuse one another and partly to refine the taste and increase the knowledge of the participants through conversation, a salon gathering allowed people from varying backgrounds and wealth a common place to discuss a wide array of topics.
Like the variety of personalities found in early salon gatherings, our salon-style wall mixes objects to create an eclectic statement wall. Each detail becomes a part of the story, from small trinkets to oversized pictures or mirrors. Inspired by the rich, warm gold tones of some of our favorite objects we began designing a bold salon wall in our gallery space. We anchored the wall with multiple large pieces in varying textures and then filled in with our smaller gold finds.
When going bold choose an overarching theme, whether it’s a color or the type of items you are hanging it is important for the items to feel cohesive. It is easy to turn a bold statement into an overdone thought so be careful and make sure each piece is placed with a purpose.
Much like the Paris salons of the 19th century attended by well-known individuals like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sinclair Lewis, Gertrude Stein, and Henri Matisse; our gallery and salon-style wall has become the backdrop for our daily designer meetings. A place for us to become inspired and work together as we create the magic that is fleurdetroit.