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Wall Decorating Tip By Pangaea: 10 Design Strategies for Art Lovers

By: Pangaea Published June 9, 2011

 

This Ideabook is for art lovers. Artists get into a real tizzy about the subject of people looking for art-to-match-the-sofa. Coming from a background as an artist, I always encourage my interior design clients to select art first if they don’t have any so they feel free to buy what they love and not worry about what it goes with. And then we can plan the decor around the art.

I’m sure I’ll get an irate artist or two commenting here. I’ve spoken with some artists who feel the art completely stands on its own and should have nothing to do with the decor. Here’s the simple fact. No matter how irritated artists get by the subject of art-matching-the-sofa, your art will always look better and have greater impact in the space when the decor supports the art. Here are techniques you can use in your decor to support your art and make it even better.

 

Photo by Tracy Murdock Allied ASID – More living room photos

1. Repetition of color and line. This art is so well supported by this room. The strong black-and-white graphic image is echoed in the black-and-white upholstery with lines that are similar to the curves in the woman’s face. Even with the bright yellow accents in the room, the art is still the standout.

Repeating color from the art increases its impact in the room. Here, the green bed pillows pull their color from the art. Without them, the art doesn’t feel quite as strong. Try it! Put your finger just over the pillows in the picture. Having that bit of green on the bed to echo the color visually strengthens the art.

The undulating lines of the vases on this table pick up the shapes from the painting and increases its visual interest.

There are a lot of ways to repeat the lines in art. This dining table emulates the curves and the color of the center of the painting. The floral display brings in more of the color.

 

Photo by Dillard Pierce Design Associates – More family room ideas

 

2. Balance of color. This art has a lot of black with just a little bit of red. The black sofa with just a little red pillow keeps the same balance of colors as the art. Carrying that balance of color though the furnishings spreads the influence of the painting

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Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Your Guide to Art Costs and Buying

By:  Published June 8, 2013

A piece of original art can make a room, be treasured for years and be passed down for generations. And it can be surprisingly affordable or very expensive. Why do some types cost more than others? “Artwork has to be one of the hardest things to price,” says Kate Singleton, founder of Arthound. “There’s no standard framework as there is for a pair of jeans or a bottle of champagne. Major factors come into play.”

The artist, gallery, medium, style and rarity of a piece all can impact how much it costs. And if you come upon a one-of-a-kind work you love, it may be worth just about any price to you.

Interested in using the power of art to power your interior design? Here are three experts’ tips to think about before you shop. …Read More!

 

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From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

Published by: on December 8, 2014

I’d like to explain how to make a real mobile. By a “real” mobile, I mean one in which the balance of the different parts depends on those parts, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat hanger or a horizontal circle.

There are a number of how-to articles for specific mobiles with specific materials, but none of the ones that I’ve come across explain how the balance structure of a real mobile works. I’d like to provide you with a sort of blueprint for mobiles. Once you have that, you can apply it using any materials, whether those are just some random objects you find around your house, objects specific to a season or a holiday, or some midcentury modern shapes….Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

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Wall Decorating Tip By Janet Dunn: What’s Next for the Feature Wall?

By:  Published October 12, 2015

 

A feature, or an accent, wall, which is a wall of a room or an area that’s different from surrounding walls, is a well-established design tool that performs several functions. For many years, painting one wall a different color has been a popular and effective device, but designers are now exploring other ways to shine the spotlight on it. Here, Houzz professionals share their views on feature walls, how they are being interpreted in today’s homes and what’s in store for the future.

What a Feature Wall Can Do

The feature wall as a design device has a long history. Vikki Montalban of VM Design — who prefers the term accent wall — says, “Not all rooms need one, but they are a great tool to balance the shape of a room and to manage focus in a space. For example, a contrast to draw attention to a [headboard], or a dark wall to deemphasize a television screen.”

Omni Interiors principal designer Amanda Kiley adds that a feature wall provides a starting point for a room’s feel or aesthetic, bringing color, pattern and texture together into a cohesive whole. …Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: DIY Salvaged-Wood Wall

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Wall Decorating Tip By Vanessa Brunner: Salvaged Sculptures by John Whitmarsh

By:  Published December 27, 2011

 

When we posted a Houzz Tour on designer Garrison Hullinger’s Northwest beach house, people were intrigued with the salvaged wood wall he constructed in his family room. It was a carry-over look from the master bedroom, where Hullinger had left a 100-year-old tongue-and-groove plank wall exposed. He wanted to bring that design element to another part of the house.

While browsing Flickr for photos of wood walls, Hullinger came across a shot of a stacked wood wall from a bar in Manhattan. By using building materials he found from his property and several other construction sites, he recreated the idea in this slat wall, adding a standout feature to his interior.

Beach Style Bathroom

This stacked wood element covers a small corner wall in the family room. Although the wood was salvaged, most of the pieces were about the same color. Hullinger wanted more variety, so he stained many pieces prior to placing them on the wall. …Read Full Article

 

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