Art is my most favorite subject when it comes to interior design. A piece of art can make or break a room. It can tell a story, add life, add humor, or bring in a bold element to minimal composition of décor.
Selecting the right color palette for your room can be one of the hardest choices you will make in interior design. One great way to guide your style is to analyze the colors of your favorite art pieces that will adorn a room. Art should never be an afterthought; it should be at the forefront of the design if you want to imbue style and substance.
Every room needs something to attract attention to a visitor in a matter of seconds, and art is the way to create a focal point. And whatever you choose, know that how you select the framing, placement and scale of art will be an instant mood-setter, and your guests have the potential to be amazed by your taste! It is such a wonderful way to show your personality and interests. For art to be considered tasteful, it does not have to be expensive or even an original painting, I find that photography is a great way to add character, personality, and style. But here is one thing I am not fond of: photographs printed on canvas. There is something about that translation that says “crafty” or typical and I do not recommend it. A photograph printed, matted, and framed behind glass is just so much more classic when it comes to interiors. Another thing to shy away from: Word signs! You probably do not need to say “gather” in the dining room; a fun piece of art is so much better!
Wall art is also the finishing element that can pull a space together and make it feel complete. As you peruse these photos, ask yourself how you like the room if the art was not there? Feels a bit naked and incomplete. The key is to choose art that fits with your decorating style.
In my home, we have art in every room. Many pieces are from our travels. It is important to consider all the wonderful textures that comprise an artful interior wall. It can be a collection of masks from Africa, a beautiful blanket from Peru, or lovely pieces of driftwood collected at the beach. When you choose to assemble your art wall, really think about what you want to say in the space, and don’t be shy about it!
Gallery walls are another great way to make a statement, and a good rule of thumb is to have only one gallery wall in your space. Multiple walls with small pictures everywhere can become cluttered and feel a bit overwhelming. Hiring a designer to hang a gallery wall is a great idea. A designer will consult on framing and bring in a professional to hang if needed. Recently I reviewed a client’s art collection and asked if the pieces were important to them, did they have history? They replied “Oh God no! We’ve had that painting 40 years and we don’t even like it! “ Ah Ha!…opportunity knocks for me to redefine their space with personality and brightness in curating new art for their home!
As we are all staying in so much more these days, I hope you find this article inspirational, and that you will walk through your home, study your art, perhaps a little gallery tour with a glass of wine in hand….and reflect if it is art that needs to stay, and has meaning, or is it something you purchased just to fill the space? Have fun with it, and here is to a new, fresh, and healthy beginnings in 2021 as we move through this crazy time!