This Styling Trick Makes Your Home Look More Expensive—Instantly

Sophie Miura

It's clear that the home of Angela Sun and Ate Atema is a labor of love. Almost every item in the couple's two-story Manhattan abode tells a story: The Harvey Probber sofa in the living room was discovered during a trip to Palm Springs, and personal objects and curios from their travels pepper every vignette. But it's not these lovingly sourced pieces that make the biggest impact when you enter the Flatiron home—it's the art.

Sun and Atema called on advisers at online gallery Uprise Art to add the finishing touch to each room. "When helping collectors or their interior designers find artwork, we take into consideration the way they use the different rooms and spaces, and then identify ways that art can enhance the experience of their space," explains founder Tze Chun. For that reason, many of the artworks frame social areas of the home, such as the bar cart and living room, and meditative artworks create a sense of calm in the home office.

Here, Atema takes us on a tour of their effortlessly cool family home while Tze shares the styling principles to instantly elevate every room in your house. Step inside: This stunning New York City home is a lesson in styling art.

Visibility Matters

Finding the perfect artwork for your room isn't the only aspect to consider, says Tze. The way you choose to display it is just as important. In fact, opting to display an artwork on a blank wall that's free of furniture and accessories can instantly elevate a space.

"The main consideration to make with hanging height is visibility," says Tze. "Utilize walls that are free of furniture for vertical pieces that can take advantage of the floor-to-ceiling height, [and] avoid large pieces in the hallway since it's hard to stand back far enough to see the works in their entirety."

Sun and Atema followed this principle in their living room. Three artworks by Brooklyn-based artist Colleen Ho take pride of place above a custom-made cabinet, displayed high enough so that the candles and stacks of books below don't obscure the view.

How do you curate and style artwork at home? Share your tips in the comments below. 

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