I'm a traditionalist, and maybe some of you are as well. After we bought our two-story Colonial almost 30 years ago, we decorated our formal rooms in a traditional style, which made sense to us because, well, it was a Colonial, and that's just what you did. My family room is more relaxed, and if I were to decorate a new home, I'd probably have a more contemporary decor. But, I love my home and furnishings, and buying new furniture just to accommodate a piece of art is not feasible. However, as you can see in the picture above, this homeowner paired a simple abstract piece with the more traditional look of the room itself. It works because the artwork is simple in design, with a limited color palette. The bold red in the painting works perfectly with the red carpet, and picks up the piping on the sofa and animal print on the chair. So, even if you've got a more formal room, don't hesitate to add an abstract piece of art that you love, by keeping it understated and elegant. Sometimes, less IS more!