Don’t you just hate coming to the end of a project only to realize that you “kind of left something out”? That can happen when you don’t include art in your decorating plan and you’re nearing completion. The walls are painted, the furnishings placed, the rugs centered, and the fixtures installed when you find yourself faced with empty walls and spaces that you are struggling to fill with just the right paintings. And if art wasn’t included in your budget, this is even harder to accomplish.
What if instead of leaving art to the end, you incorporated it into your design plan right from the beginning? Not only would this avoid a scenario like the above, but designing with art in mind has several benefits. Art can set the mood for the room, tie different elements together, and give your room a more complete, homey feeling.
Since you will be incorporating it as an important part of your décor and basing your other design elements around it you should always buy art that you love and will enjoy for years to come.
Here are a few different ways to use art as the basis for your room design.
Use art as the inspiration for the color palette in your room.
Select two or three colors from your painting, picking one as the dominant room color and using additional shades for accent. This will provide you with an instantly coordinated l look,as well as save you time that would have been spent looking at paint swatches.
Ora Nissim’s Colorful Kotel (above) gives you different options for setting the mood in the room depending on which color you select as the dominant one. Shades of blue will promote a restful and relaxing mood; oranges or yellows will fill the atmosphere with vibrancy and energy.
Scale is important. Art can help balance architectural elements and furnishings in the room.
Choose art to fit the height and shape of the room and complement the height and placement of your furniture. In this way, all the elements in your room will work together as a coordinated whole.
The large rectangular dimensions (4 ft. x 3 ft.) and detail of Symphony (Revealed II) (above) by Fabian Lijtmaer can provide balance even in a small room.
Art provides a focal point, an important element in any design plan.
Choose a painting that will set the stage for the look and feel of the room. Bet HaMikdash Original by Menucha Yankelevitch (below) can make a dramatic focal point or anchor for your living or dining area. Shades of purple and gold are evocative of strength and majesty, while the rays and clouds reach out to encompass and pull in the viewer.
Another way that paintings unify a room is by bringing together textures.
Paintings with texture or texture like images can mimic the textures of fabric and furniture in the room. The muted colors in Belief by Nataly Grossman (below) allow the different layers and texture in the painting to stand out and easily blend in with the textured furnishings in the room.
Color, dimension, texture, and focus are all important contributions that art makes to your room design. But perhaps there is an even more important reason to include art as a pivotal element in your design plan. Imagine coming to the end of your decorating project and realizing that your favorite pieces of art do not fit into your new décor. Now, that would really be a shame.