Five Ways To Use Art In Interior Design


Art In Interior Design

The use of art in interior design has gained traction through the modern and innovative use of various mediums and the drive to artfully embellish every form of space. You will find artists specifically creating pieces for restaurants, grand halls, residences, and public social spaces.  Because of this union of design and art, art now forms an integral part of public and private décor.

When used as an element of design, art can be enhanced in numerous ways: by the playful uses of lighting, by seamlessly connecting artwork with furniture design and wall colors, by balancing with artfully chosen accessories, and even by coordinating in colors and patterns of tapestry & linens.  Art resonates throughout the room when complemented by the clever use of color and shapes. Adequately supported by design, artwork can infuse a home with creative energy.

The range of media used in interior design can span the gamut from traditional wall art, including classic and beloved prints of famous artists, all the way to murals as well as 3D art, digital art, artfully staged family photos, graphic design pieces, typographical art, and sculpture.

  1. Coordinating Your Aesthetics

Choosing artwork to compliment your design style, or building a room around your beloved art, can showcase what you value in an intimate manner.

Coordinating with Minimalist Design

Line art, geometric, or typographical art pieces are simple but usually powerful in color and impact.  For modern and contemporary spaces, large monochromatic interior design paintings or abstract pieces with a splash of color can do.

Coordinating With Traditional Design

Vintage décor can be even more elevated by classic paintings and antique pieces.  Antique frames and traditional picture lights can illuminate even a print of a museum masterpiece so that it fits seamlessly into your room, adding culture and gravitas to your home’s allure and charm.

  1. Creating A Focal Point

Every room needs a draw point to draw the eye to what matters most and makes the room hum. Selecting a statement piece of art and positioning it dramatically can draw all the attention to the intended part of the room.  Art size can matter greatly, but both small and large artwork can immediately impact.

A smaller artwork can be overlooked – unless it is positioned in a nook of appropriate scale. Therefore, selecting an art piece that is large enough to stand out is key. Artwork should be located at eye level, with no obstructions from the furniture. If you are hanging gallery style, arrange pieces uniformly, with even spacing between them for a better visual balance. Explore different layouts for clusters of artwork with different orientations and sizes.

You can further draw attention to an otherwise modest art piece through the use of art lighting fixtures. Picture Lights can be chosen that compliment the frame finish and the style of the room, whether traditional or modern.  Downlighting and backlighting are great ways to make your artwork stand out. To make a dramatic impact, use uplights for sculptures and three-dimensional pieces.

  1. Expressing Your Creativity

Even a standard modular room can be transformed into a unique, stimulating space when made over with good interior design.  Choosing art not only allows you to show your creative side but can inspire creativity or a soothing mood when entering, playing, or working in the room.

Self-expression pervades the choosing of art as well as the arranging of the pieces, developing skillful color combinations, and even making your DIY pieces and picture frames to enhance your artwork’s display.

  1. Inspiring Your Color Palette

What are the best colors to work with? From carpets, tiles, paint, wallpaper, woodwork, and ceilings, there are countless color choices to make in redesigning a room.  Why not ground those tricky palette decisions based on your art?  How else can you truly create an art-centric room?  Art can also add a pop of color and texture to the interior space. As you can see, many interior design decisions can be brought about by relying on art.

So go shopping for that statement piece first!  This will make it so much easier to choose your accent pieces such as furniture, rugs, curtains, throw pillows, or even choose the paint for repainting your walls.

  1. Setting The Mood

Different types of art rouse different kinds of emotions. From the selection of the medium to the brush strokes and the choice of color, the artist sets the mood of the painting. Similarly, the right selection of art can set the intended mood in a space. Subtle art with pastel or dull colors can create an intimate mood in a room. On the other hand, bold art with bursts of bright color is energizing and can boost creativity in a workspace.  Small artwork can be the heart of a small space, whereas art that is too large for a space can dominate it to the point of discomfort.  Check the scale of your artwork with the available space you need to fit it properly.

Be Smart About Your Art

The incorporation of art in interior design does more than reflect your style. Art can play a great role in the mental state we experience in the room. Whether subtle or bold, minimalist or extremist, monochromatic, or with bursts of color, art can be a phenomenal way to convey your identity and build a brand.


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