This colorful nook in a Park City, Utah vacation home gets its style from designer Susan Brunstrum, who created a perfect space for bill-paying, writing or just hanging out. Framed art in a graphic design hangs over the desk in coordinating colors that helps give this space a warm and inviting aesthetic.
An eclectic grouping of furnishings, including an art deco reading lamp, makes up this sitting area. Neutral walls provide a sense of calm, and the ample sunlight helps connect the room to the outdoors.
If your home is like most, the art is hung in a high line encircling each room. Big mistake. Placing your pictures, paintings and prints in such stereotypical spots can render them almost invisible. Art displayed creatively makes it stand out and shows off your space. So break up that line and vary the patterning and grouping.
"In the bedroom, things are a bit clunky with the bed, the large art and the draping of solid fabric at the head of the bed all reading as the same solid visual weight," says HGTV Design Star judge Candice Olson. "An eclectic, gallery grouping of wall art would have brought some lightness and relief and allowed Emily to flex her stylist muscle once again."
This traditional bedroom with bohemian touches is richly layered for a comfortable, lived-in look. The clean-lined canopy bed features a curtained headboard that gives the bed added dimension and creates a focal point for the space. Art is both hung and leaning, giving the grouping a casual feel.
Inspired by Spanish and Mexican interior design, this Dallas home is made for entertaining large crowds, as well as small family gatherings. Centered around a stucco fireplace, the living room furniture creates a cozy, intimate grouping. A large built-in houses favorite collectibles and frames a gilded piece of art.
Children's bathrooms offer a chance for parents to throw out most decorating rules, instead trying something different and fun. Rather than adding one featured piece of art, the entire bathroom including its doors are covered with original pieces. The key to creating a whimsical look is to mix framed art with unstructured pieces as well as random objects, resulting in a saloon-style wall grouping.
Designer Mary DeWalt created a true sense of the sublime with her beautiful color choices for this bedroom. Although the room has a contemporary feel, it also reflects an Asian-inspired sensibility, especially with the art Dewalt chose for the grouping behind the bed. Great symmetry abounds in the design, projecting serenity and simplicity.
A 17-foot mohair sofa anchors this elegant, Art Deco-inspired formal living room. The length of the sofa allows for two separate conversational areas facing it, each grouped around its own mirrored coffee table.
Sometimes smaller items grouped together create an even more interesting wall than using one big piece of art. Clocks can be both useful and decorative. As seen on HGTV's Buying and Selling With the Property Brothers
Muted spaces are all about a well-balanced, calm aesthetic. Rather than hanging high-energy artwork above the desk, a clean, classic grouping was made with framed photographs and women’s apparel. When grouping art and objects together in a saloon wall style, be sure to take scale and proportion as well as textural values into consideration. All the textures found in the framing, mat and woven hat play well together since they’re all from similar color families. Scale and proportion are kept in check by keeping spacing similar between objects.
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.