You may think that pedestals ought to be limited to museums or art galleries. Why should a person have a pedestal at home? After all, there are many other places to display your artwork. There are bookshelves where you can make space for a sculpture. Vases can go in the middle of your dining table. However, if you really want to bring attention to a certain piece, a pedestal is the way to go.
Highlight Pieces Important to You
If you put your sculpture on a shelf, it’s going to be overwhelmed by the books and other showpieces around it. If you put a vase in the middle of a dining table, it may look good most of the time, but when you’re actually eating, you’ll find your attention divided between the vase and your food. On the other hand, if you create a vase or a sculpture display on a pedestal, that’s the only use of the pedestal, so it draws attention to your artwork, separating it from the rest of the things in your home. It shows that that piece is important to you. Whether the piece that you want to display is a sculpture by Rodin or a papier-mâché box that your kid made for your birthday, putting it on a pedestal is like telling the world, “Look at this. It’s important.”
Pick the Right Size
One things you should keep in mind while picking a pedestal is, of course, size. The height of the pedestal is important because you want your sculpture or vase to be at the right height to be appreciated. Bringing a piece as close to eye level as possible is a good idea if it’s a figure or a vase. On the other hand, if you’re placing the pedestal near some seating, it’s likely that people will be seated while viewing it. So you’ll need a pedestal that isn’t quite as high.
It’s also a good idea to try to contrast the color of the pedestal with the sculpture or the vase. If you have a multicolored piece you’re trying to display, a neutral-colored pedestal will probably be best. If you’re trying to display something that is metallic, say bronze or copper, black forms a great contrast, but wood finish won’t be such a good idea because the two brownish tones will cancel each other out. The best thing to do is to actually try to place the piece on the pedestal you’ve chosen and see how it looks. If it doesn’t look right, try a few more. Sometimes, you might find that something you’d never considered before might turn out to be right for the piece. Contact us for more information on pedestals for the home, art galleries and museums.