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.
interior design with art
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!