Over the last two decades, our galleries have undergone a major style refresh as we continue to respond to the needs of our collectors. With outlets across the UK, we’re passionate about making each one unique to the city it’s in.
“It’s an exciting process,” says our retail designer, Louise Barnett. “I’m immersed in the project from start to finish, whether it’s visiting new locations or picking fabric samples and sketching ideas. Each gallery is different, but the Castle brand is instantly recognisable."
As we celebrate the opening of our brand-new gallery in Lincolnshire’s picturesque Stamford, we take you through how we create the Castle style.
To keep up-to-date with the latest trends, Louise - who has a degree in fine art - regularly visits art markets and university shows.
“My own style is quite eclectic,” she laughs. “Decorating a gallery is definitely different to my own home, as our art is always at the forefront of the design. The furniture needs to make you notice the art, not the other way around.”
“The first six weeks are the most challenging, as you have to come up with ideas and translate them for other people. However, this time is also the most rewarding because you watch your vision come to life.
"As a team, we face challenges - such as limited lighting or space - together and devise a solution. It’s incredibly fulfilling to see a finished gallery, and no two projects are the same.”
We hope to instil our passion in every customer who walks through our doors. Whether you’re a first-time browser or a seasoned collector, our galleries are designed with your comfort and experience in mind. From plush sofas to private viewing rooms and state-of-the-art audio-visual systems, they’re equipped with everything you need to find your perfect piece.
“I want everyone to know they are welcome,” says Louise. “Each of our collectors is different, so I design somewhere they can connect with the art on a personal level. When you buy art from our galleries, it’s not a transaction. It’s an experience.”
"If you’ve got an empty space, build your home around your artwork. It will make it even more unique to you."
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