A locally sourced abstract painting provides a visually interesting focal point in the guest bedroom and intense pops of color. “As you come in the garage door, you see this room and you’re trying to pull the eye in to explore and that is why we chose that painting. It has a lot of that green, turquoise, a splash of orange and some black so it’s always a kind of fun game with art,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum.
In this breakfast nook, look up! The wallpaper inspired the color palette for the entire cottage. Artist Lindsay Cowles creates it by digitally translating her large-scale abstract oil paintings into wall coverings and textiles.
This elegant foyer features white marble tile floors in a herringbone pattern and a simple bench under an abstract wall painting. The white walls allow the wide crown molding and arched doorways to take center stage.
My practical approach to dining room design is to choose amazing chairs with an understated table or just the opposite so that they aren’t competing to be the focal point. Here we selected a classic double pedestal table to compliment ten plush chairs with metallic woven interiors and soft white leather backs. The drapery is as clean as the chair’s design and the bar cabinet is intentionally white to allow the 72”x72” abstract painting to become the star of the show. It was one of the pieces from our client’s existing collection that I insisted we keep. This room is also an example of how well classics and contemporary marry. The chandelier, inspired by the painting, mimics the repetition in the panels and is shaped like the table to which it’s perpendicular. Harmony is a key ingredient to successfully designed rooms.
Layers of color and pattern are the key to the sitting room's charm. The furniture draws color inspiration from the abstract art, while the bold pattern of the area rug offsets the painting's free-flowing brushstrokes.
The interior of 21 Broad Hotel epitomizes a modern coastal vibe perfect for its Nantucket, Mass., setting. A vivid blue, green and yellow abstract acrylic-on-wood painting perfectly complements the blue rug and matching stair runner.
The painting features a style inspired by famed Abstract Expressionist painter Mark Rothko, who used soft, rectangular forms floating in saturated colors. "This room is rather minimal because the wall covering is busy in a good way," says designer Brian Patrick Flynn.
White walls are interrupted only by an accent wall of subtly striated tile behind the fireplace of this contemporary living room. In one corner of the space, a dramatic spiral staircase offers fun and functional access to the second floor. On another wall, a round, colorful painting depicts an abstracted aerial view of the city. Transitional furnishings are neutral, letting the artwork shine.
This bright white home art studio receives pops of orange, yellow and red to liven up the space. A pair of orange and white chevron armchairs grounded by an abstract yellow rug offer a small, comfortable sitting area while the artist is at work. The simple red table lines up with the windows and provides plenty of space for painting. Design by Holly Bender Interiors.
Here’s a designer trick for oversized artwork, when you can’t afford an original painting for the entire wall. Buy two of the same pieces of abstract art (these floral pieces were discounted at a home goods store), and then hang one upside down, says Jennifer Foster with Eanes Foster Design. It looks like a diptych and takes up a large amount of wall space for maximum effect, she says.
Kingston-born and Brooklyn-based, artist Paul Sue-Pat (http://paulsuepatartdesigns.com/) is a student of contrasts. His art moves between sculpture and painting, whimsical figures and strong abstract shapes, specific emotions and imaginative contexts. His home too is a class in the power of opposites. Here, trend-forward rooms defined by bright splashes of color sit beside (or beneath) spaces where restrained motifs speak more of the past than the future. And everywhere there is art. Art that Paul creates and art that he admires; pieces gifted from fellow creatives and pieces left over from his massive installations for public spaces and private galleries. The effect is magical, and each room, no matter how different, feels like somewhere that deserves further exploration.