Mascarpone by Benjamin Moore is the perfect creamy white backdrop for the collection of vintage plates used in this little girl's bedroom. Designer Tip: Make a whole wall of art by using pictures, plates or anything else you collect to make a beautiful collage.
Basic white shelves are a perfect platform for showcasing a beautifully curated collection of toys, art, even a houseplant. The fact that enough space is left between items to really see them keeps the wall from feeling cluttered.
Keep the color palette in a room the same and you can do most anything with the space. Case in point: This eclectic living room which uses black and white as a base to mix and match a wildly imaginative collection of accessories, art and furniture.
Bright's mother has served on the board of Charleston's annual Spoleto festival and as a result, says Allison, "he was brought up in a house that was filled with art." The Williamsons like to buy artwork when they travel and, of course, support the artists at Charleston Artist Collective by displaying their art in the Williamson home so their collection is a combination of traditional and more contemporary work.
Educator by day, artist by night, Rachel Crouch (www.rdcartgallery.com) has a unique style that shines through in her Hyattsville, Maryland home. As principal of a preparatory school, and owner - along with her twin sister, Rebecca - of RDC Art Gallery, Rachel knows the importance of art to education and personal expression. Her four-story interior is part gallery space with an ever-growing collection of art that can be experienced in each and every room.
Family history contributes to the kaleidoscopic collection of paintings in Stacy Borocz’s office — and to the way she acquires pieces throughout her home. “I had the good fortune of growing up with a great uncle that was an art dealer in Palm Beach,” she explains. “I was fascinated with his craft, knowledge, and great eye. My gallery wall is a collection of oils on canvas from him as well as some newer additions I personally selected over the years. From him I learned that European gallery auctions, brocante [flea market] discoveries and antique fairs are wonderful places to source special finds. He always said ‘art is personal, if you love it, hang it.’”
A large, natural fiber rug anchors the conversation area in this traditional living room, which offers loads of seating thanks to an oversize sectional sofa. Tailored chairs with a contrast welt offer space for additional guests, and a wall of built-in bookshelves are a great spot for displaying art, photos and collections.
Designer Helen Richardson artfully arranges a topiary and art on top of a dresser in this traditional entryway. White stair risers, posts and trim pop against the rich red two-tone striped wallpaper. Grouping accessories in odd numbers and varying the sizes and shapes of the pieces adds visual interest to the collection.
In the master bedroom, Rachel opted for a restful color palette. The color blue, that’s first seen in the living room, also comes into the master, but in a much deeper tone. The darker blue promotes rest and relaxation. Art also makes an appearance, with a collection of paintings that complete the retreat-like feel.
The front of the home also features a few pieces of contemporary art, which nods to the owner's museum-quality collection. Here, two rustic stone columns flank a silver sculpture on either side and create a cool juxtaposition of contrasting styles.
Clean white walls set the stage for this relaxed, modern bedroom. An upholstered bed in cool gray is centered on the wall under beachy art and flanked by sleek nightstands. An open bookshelf is the perfect spot to display a collection of vases and other accessories.
The built-in cabinetry of this contemporary wet bar is splashed with cherry red, creating a fun focal point that brings attention to the homeowner’s colorful collection of art and objects. A small undermount sink and built-in wine cooler are convenient features, and Carrara marble is a stylish choice for the countertop.
Located in the heart of the Chelsea district in New York City, this 5,000-square-foot duplex loft houses an amazing collection of art, like the framed black and white photograph and sheep sculpture in this informal dining room. White brick walls and a simple black dining table let the red glass and metal chandelier shine.
In one corner of the space, designers created a soothing entertainment space for the homeowner. A set of shelves provide storage for a small bar tray, a record player and a record collection, while the walls showcase more of the homeowner's art and some of her own photographs.
Rustic meets chic in the Arden Ridge collection. Incorporate mahogany solids for enduring style, and add the classic straight lines and felt-lined drawers in the server for timeless elegance. The sepia wall art and neutral-colored rug soften the atmosphere of distressed finishes to create the perfect rustic retreat.
The homeowner makes the most of fresh white backdrop by using it as a back drop to her extensive collection of art, photography and fleas market finds. Extra seating along the wall also serves as a place to display books or store frequently used items.