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!
decorating with art
Photo credit: Country Living
Got an awkward space or piece of furniture? Use art for scale and to balance it out! The chairs go with this etagere beautifully, but picture it without the art; the space needed something to move the eye upward and give the wall life, and the artwork did it perfectly. Understated abstract art would work as well and would make a nice contrast.
Here's yet another fun, creative way to live with art! I happen to love this idea, and the fact that this image shows overlapping art decor in a beach house makes it even more palatable. If you've got shelves with no books (I can assure, I do NOT have this problem at my house!), this is a great way, casual way to display multiple pieces of art. It forces the viewer to move the art to see what's underneath and, hopefully, to actually look at and study the pieces. Any art will work: framed or unframed paintings, photographs, vintage paintings, even mixed media on old book covers (of which I've done several; more on that at a later time.). So, if you don't have wall space, don't be afraid to overlap!
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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