Don’t make the mistake of treating interior design art as an ‘afterthought’ within your design process. Artwork plays a key role and should be considered during creative conceptualisation stage.
Not only does artwork provide an instant colour palette, but it can also add a perception of texture, create a strong visual impact and bring a sense of completion to a design.
So how do you pick the perfect interior design art and use it to elevate your interiors to new heights?
1. Magnificent Multiple Print Displays
A gallery of multiple prints adds contemporary, stylish flair to your interiors and acts as a key feature within the design.
Tip: Select artwork that follows the same style (ideally by the same artist) and display multiple prints in a linear arrangement.
Example: In our contemporary country estate manor project in Berkshire, we echoed the dark and golden colour tones of the surrounding furnishings in the gallery of prints above, adding powerful depth and gracefulness to the design.
2. Colour Repetition with Clarity
A continuation of colour creates a strong impact within a room and adds depth to your design.
Tip: Repeat the same colour tones (they do not need to be exact, but similar) in both the artwork and the surrounding interiors. The more colours you repeat, the more robust the look will be.
Example: In our London chapel conversion project, we paired the prints on either side of the bed to add a burst of blue colour, whilst also reinforcing the copper accents in the soft furnishings.
In our Berkshire project the artwork brings out the blue and grey tones in the soft furnishings in this bedroom design, whilst the abstract pattern in the cushions reinforces the impact of the artwork.
3. Dynamic Colour Contrasts
Establishing a colour contrast between artwork and surrounding interiors is a great way to add a pop of colour to your design.
Tip: You can either choose to contrast light and dark colours (including tones of the same colour) or you can contrast hues of colour (green/red, black/white, for example). The more extreme the proportions of contrasting colour (a space decorated predominantly in one selected shade and accented with just a touch of another colour), the more dominant they will be.
Example: In our vibrant urban Battersea apartment project, a pair of brightly coloured prints add vibrant personality to an otherwise neutral design of organic tones.
Similarly, the quadrant of prints in our private client project add strong blue tones to a neutral, minimalist design.
4. Carefully Considered Furniture Placement
The placement of furniture surrounding a piece of art is as important as the placement of the art.
Tip: Place your interior design art above a side table, bench, bed or sofa to maximise its emphasis within the design. Don’t hang it too high, the centre of the image should always be eye-level.
Example: In our 40 acre country estate manor project, we placed this gallery of prints above the sofa to create symmetry within the design and to augment the raw brass tones of the exquisite Julian Chichester miro side tables.
5. Prominent Statement Pieces
A key principle in interior design is that every room requires a focal point, a single element of design that instantly draws your eyes towards a point in the room. Artwork is a superb way of creating this essential focal point within your design.
Tip: Consider the size of your room and scale the size of your interior design art accordingly. Remember, the artwork must be large enough to make a statement within the room, if it is too small then it will be drowned out.
Example: In our Surrey project we used a large statement piece in our living room design to create a dramatic focal point upon entry into the room.
6. Calming Colour Balance
Balancing colours will instil a sense of harmony within your design and establish a calm ambience in the room.
Tip: Continue the colour tones of your interior design art into the surrounding furnishings in equal proportion.
Example: In our Surrey rustic barn project, the muted blue tones used in the stunning art piece were spread throughout the soft furnishings, creating a serene, balanced feel within the design.
If we can assist you with more with your interior design art, please feel free to get in touch.