Sometimes a neutral color palette in art, as shown here, works as well, if not better than bold, splashy color. The busy pattern of the art perfectly sets off the simplicity of the decor and minimal colors used, so the art becomes the focal point; the "limbs" in the vase to the right of the sofa lead the eye to the painting, a perfect way to draw the eye to the focal point. So, keep the tips in mind when purchasing and displaying art.
decorating with abstract art
Sometimes more IS better. How inviting and cozy is this space?! Groupings of vintage art were used in place of larger pieces for a more eclectic look, and the pillow accents help tie the whole look together., and it all works with the paneled walls. So try using smaller pieces in a large grouping to accentuate a cozy space!
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!
For the last two years, I've been on a journey and had a love affair with abstract art. Let me just say, in the past, I was not much of a fan, I never really "got it," not to mention the fact that, despite how it may look, for me it's a very difficult style of painting to achieve with success, although I know some very talented artists who do it well. So, that's why I decided to explore abstract art two years ago in my artistic journey. Yes, it is subjective, for the most part; each viewer will interpret it in his or her own way, and for me, that's the beauty of it. Abstract art can evoke emotions and memories in a very personal way, just as it did for the artist who painted it. So, in this post and in some future posts, I'm going to explore decorating with abstract art and, hopefully inspire in you an appreciation for it.
I believe that abstract art can adapt itself to any decor, depending on the colors and style of the painting itself. In the above image, this seascape warms up the wall in this little corner; the colors used in the painting, with the calming sea foam green, shades of blue, and the touch of yellow at the skyline and in the clouds, blend perfectly with the yellow walls and the simple, almost rustic table, and the browns blend with the floors beautifully. And, even though this is what I would I call a semi-abstract piece, there is still a touch of realism. You can choose how to see it; I see a seascape, but others may see a landscape with a small body of water in a valley, still others may see brushstrokes and colors that work well together, without really seeing a subject at all. And that, my friends, is the beauty of abstract art.
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