How to Choose Sculptures

While they add a sense of culture to a space, sculptures don't necessarily need to be serious pieces of art. They express both your personal style and the overall aesthetic and temper of your home, be it intellectual, lively or serene. Sculpture can encapsulate the soul of a space and its dynamic form adds visual interest and texture to otherwise flat spaces.

By material: Art made with shiny brass or industrial iron mixes best with glass or dark-stained wood surfaces. Display on wall shelves or accent the corner of the desk in your home office for a classical, learned look. Iron can also appeal to a rustic space, as it will develop a rich green-brown patina over time. Wood, on the other hand, is organic and natural-looking. Rich, grainy materials give each individual sculpture its own character.

By shape and design: Playful, unique shapes add a sense of fun to a room, as well as dimension. Contrast the flat walls, tabletops and other surfaces with a sculpture that has its own dynamic sense of space. The addition is both visually interesting and a textural complement to flat prints and other wall art in the room.

By placement: If you're specifically looking for a table centerpiece or entryway or mantel decor, don't forget to consider size. Spherical sculpture is trending, and with good reason. Available in any range of sizes, the three-dimensional decor can be placed in the center of a dining room or living room table as a statement centerpiece. Smaller designs can be scattered along a table runner, weaving in and out of candles and serveware.

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