One of the most important factors in giving a room personality is the proper selection of art. This doesn’t require spending a lot on gallery works, but rather a keen eye. This gallery grouping was made by searching local flea markets and vintage stores for a mix of colorful and neutral pieces ranging in shape, size and subject matter. After spacing them out on the floor, the collection was hung on the wall with a consistent amount of space left between each piece.
The simple elegance of this dining room spotlights the homeowner's collection of fine art and antique furniture. Two large windows flood the space with natural light and reflect off the white walls to bring the collector's items to the forefront of visitors' sights. Even the table is designed to be as unobtrusive as possible with its glass tabletop to direct the eye to the artwork and fine furniture in this space. Since the collector's items afford the only color in the space, the decorative antique dresser and the statue and painting are the focal points of the room, showcasing the homeowner's elegant taste.
When Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living saw this French mirror in their client's master bedroom, they knew it had to fill the expansive space above the fireplace and wood mantel. "We moved it because the ceilings were so high. I wanted it to be a statement piece in that room," says Jackson, co-founder of the Atlanta interior design firm. Both the mirror and the framed art, also from the homeowner's collection and previously elsewhere, are good examples of how to reuse existing items in interesting ways. Consider using an oversized dramatic mirror with a petite painting or photo.