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How to Fill a Blank Wall

Posted by Johnine Larsen on July 22, 2014
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Blank walls can ruin a room. Plain, drab, and boring. Fortunately, Seattle is a great place when it comes to adding life to a blank wall.

realestategals_wells_webOption 1

Talk to Darcie. She knows her interior design. Give her a few minutes, and she’ll figure out how to turn your house into a home.

Option 2

Head over to SAM Gallery. SAM Gallery is like a mash-up of the Seattle Art Museum and Redbox. Like SAM, the Gallery has hundreds of pieces of Northwest art. Like Redbox, you can rent stuff.

The Gallery lets SAM members rent a piece of art for three months. Hang it in your home, admire it, experiment with different rooms, show it to your guests. And at the end of three months, trade it for another one. Each rental typically runs for $100-$200 (about $2/day), which isn’t a bad price at all for turning your home into a rotating art gallery. You do have to pay the membership fee ($65/individual, or $80/couple), but a SAM membership is a good thing to have anyway. Plus, it’s tax-deductible.

You’ll find a range of options at SAM Gallery: paintings, photographs, drawings, and other mediums, too. All told, you can choose from 1,000+ pieces at any one time, and that lineup keeps changing. One thing stays the same, though: local artists. SAM Gallery has committed itself to showcasing Northwest art.

If you’re fed up with blank walls but don’t have the money (or the decisiveness) to permanently buy a $3,000 piece of art, rentals are a great way to go. And if you fall in love with your rental, you can buy it for good. Half the rental fee will even go toward the final purchase.


From SAM Gallery:

“SAM Gallery is the Seattle Art Museum’s art sales and rental gallery, offering contemporary original works from Northwest artists.​

SAM Gallery supports local artists and their careers by increasing their exposure and finding audiences for their work. The gallery has hundreds of works including paintings, drawings, mixed-media works, limited-edition prints, and photographs.”

Website: http://seattleartmuseum.org/artrentals

Phone: (206) 343-110