The limited amount of art and accessories in a Scandinavian inspired space means that each piece takes on added importance. The graphic quality of the art on Helga’s living room wall really stands out, where as it may have gotten lost in the shuffle in a large gallery wall. Keeping larger furnishings neutral allows smaller, more colorful items to really be “seen” and have more impact.
Designer Rebecca Cartwright sourced much of the art in the Naturally home from artists with studios or who live in the Serenbe community. She says decorating with local art brings instant character and personality to your home.
A graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art, Naomi has an enduring love of paintings and photography. Both can be found on the walls of her home. In the living room, above the sofa, a concise selection of black and white photography and ink drawings creates a bold visual impact.
Three-dimensional wall art goes a long way if you’re working with lots of blank space, and the plush variety is so fitting for a nursery. To achieve a more playful feel, mount a stuffed animal head above your crib. Thanks to the internet, you can find just about any animal you’d want – from a deer to a flamingo to a unicorn. For a more modern look, mount a plush geometric shape, like the edgy, black-and-white rain cloud here. Or, do both, like designer and stylist Live Loud Girl. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to fun, pillowy wall art.
If a great-looking gallery wall gives you goosebumps, the fastest (and cheapest) way to collect art for one is to scour your local flea markets and art fairs. This nostalgic Fisher Price inspired piece by Denver-based artist Jonathan Fenske was the starting point for this gallery wall and sets a playful tone for the space.
The bathroom’s new water closet offers privacy, with colorful art on the walls inside for a decorative touch. Moving the location of the blue-gray guest bedroom closet allowed room for a more spacious bathroom on this level of the home.
What interior designer Tiffany Brooks calls the most exciting piece of art in the home, imagery of a vintage oak tree found at the Smithsonian with rings that show the age of the tree were replicated by an artist with the colors inverted, so the artwork almost looks like an x-ray of an oak tree ring.
Woven throughout the home are small homages to Mikel’s love of global culture and history. Research, he cites, is one of the major elements in creating design that has personal meaning. In the dining room, an antique jacket hung on the wall is one of the designers prized possessions. An authentic 19th century Chinese rain coat, it’s the type of garment that would have been worn by rice farmers, but in the hands of a skilled designer it becomes a striking piece of art.
The classic 1920s style bungalow still has many iconic architectural features even if some, like the fireplace, are no longer operational. The single shelf above is perfect for displaying a few of Nikia’s favorite works of art including an affirmation in simple words and a painting that bears a striking resemblance to a member of the family. Nearby, a banana leaf palm throws in a spot of natural color and a subtle homage to classic L.A. style.
Jamie Steele is an artist and curator who lives in a charming Atlanta bungalow in the Peachtree Hills neighborhood of Buckhead. Her home also features an art gallery, Camayuhs, where she curates exhibitions of artists from Atlanta and around the country.
If your lack of wall art is giving you night sweats, maybe it’s time to pick up a few art supplies. Wall décor can get expensive and if you’re on a budget, sometimes the best way to “ acquire” art is to make your own! The art supplies will likely cost you a fraction of what you’d pay for a store-bought painting or print.
Turn any table or floor surface at your party into a mess-proof art station. To do this, you’ll need a roll of craft paper, mini art canvases, acrylic paint, plastic cups filled with water and small paint brushes.