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Wall Decorating Tip By Ian Stallings: 5 Ways Art Can Improve Your Room Design

Published by Ian Stallings March 16, 2015

As an interior designer with a fine arts background and an active painter, I find artwork to be the most important element of a room. An equal part of what I do, along with construction, project management and furniture design, is curate art and antiques collections for my clients. Artwork can often make or break a space. Below are five things artwork can do for your room.

Photo by Marylou Sobel Interior Design – More contemporary living room ideas

1. Add movement. Artwork can be used to introduce movement into a room. Movement is used in the art world as a way for the artist to direct where the viewer’s eye goes and to influence the viewer’s perception. Using a piece of art that conveys a lot of movement can help create a rhythm between the art and your furniture, with the lines creating the type of movement that translates into a story.

The conveyed movement within a piece of art can be reflected in your furniture choices to create an imaginative and original design. In the room here, the form in the ink drawing by Topher Delaney relates to the vintage driftwood cocktail table, keeping the eye moving through the space.

2. Provide color. Artwork can be used to dictate or enhance a color palette. If you’re feeling stuck with your design, try selecting a piece of artwork that fits the space and create a color palette influenced by the work. Pull accent colors for decorative objects from the secondary, or less seen, colors in the work to enhance different elements of the piece.

A neutral color palette can be utilized to showcase a favorite piece of art. A bright artwork can also be used to enrich and add color to an otherwise neutral palette. The juxtaposition between bold pops of color and crisp white walls creates an eye-catching effect. ….To Read More

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Wall Decorating Tip By Lawrence Karol: Lean or Hang Artwork?

Wall Decorating Tip By Lawrence Karol: Lean or Hang Artwork?

Published by: April 24, 2012

There’s a good deal of speculation, and a number of theories, floating around as to why designers lean paintings and photographs against walls instead of hanging them. I’m not much for speculation, so I decided to skip all that stuff and go straight to the source. Here are some reasons and ways to do it from the designers themselves.

Become your own curator. For this family room, Karen Soojian, principal at KSID Studio, leaned the art and varied the height of the pieces to provide a contrast with the boxy shape of the fireplace. She notes that “juxtaposing several pieces of art and other elements is more entertaining to the eye, and this type of art installation allows flexibility — our client has a hassle-free way to change the arrangement of their art.” Read more

Wall Decorating Tip By Jennifer Blaise Kramer: Add a Living Wall

Wall Decorating Tip By Jennifer Blaise Kramer: Add a Living Wall

Published by  March 16, 2015

A vertical garden is truly a living wall. It generates oxygen while offering a visual focal point that’s arguably as stunning as, and more affordable than, a piece of fine art. While a vertical garden requires more maintenance than most other wall coverings, it brings texture, energy and life to a room the way all houseplants do. As long as you replace and refresh the plants and care for the system, it will work for you. And chances are, you’ll have the most talked-about wall in the neighborhood. Here’s what you need to know to get started.

DIY or hire it out? If you’re going for a showstopping look (bigger than poster size), consider hiring a good local garden professional. In Santa Barbara, California, designer Terra Basche (seen here) of Terra Malia Designs transformed a wall at Sonos’ office with a large-scale living wall that shows creativity and generates oxygen. ….To Read More

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