To make what was a juvenile, childish girl's room more appropriate for a growing tween, the walls were painted a deep shade of violet, album cover-inspired art was hung to create a focal point, vintage lighting was installed on the ceilings and the walls, and women's fashion fabrics were used in upholstered accents.
Instead of leaving the wall above the staircase that leads into the third floor master suite, the space is converted into a gallery wall showcasing everything from photography to sea-inspired sculpture. Natural light from the adjacent window highlights the art and keeps the space feeling bright and airy.
This textured, contemporary master bedroom suite is a soothing relaxing chamber fitted with dark tones from floor-to-ceiling. The dark wood, vaulted ceiling leads the eye to the geometric patterned accent wall behind the metallic-inspired bed, and on to the dark wood dresser and large framed art.
Once he's done with homework, the kiddo can grab a book and curl up in this cool bubble chair! The designers added white and silver upholstered “pixels” to protect the walls and give the corner a video-game feel. The Warhol-inspired art makes a fun addition as well.
This clean-lined, contemporary home was inspired by rural Mediterranean architecture. In this relaxed living space, massive, custom doors slide into pockets, opening the home to the outdoors and letting in loads of natural light. Neutral walls and furnishings are punctuated by natural accents and bright, modern art.
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Inspired by the homeowner's fabulous collection of Chinese Art Deco rugs, this home is full of bold, vibrant colors. The main furniture pieces and finishes use a neutral palette to balance out the bright hues. A cool gray wall creates a soothing backdrop with the white wainscoting to this transitional dining room.
A wall of built-ins provides space for media storage and decorative display in this updated, Arts & Crafts-inspired media room. Comfortable sofas create a great spot for conversation, while a built-in bench seat offers an extra spot for guests to perch. A contemporary globe pendant fixture offers a fun and funky touch.
A tucked-away niche in the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014, Dad's Honey Hole is designer Sunny K. Merry's nod to the private bar of days gone by. Inspired by a veteran of foreign walls, the room includes wallpaper depicting pin-up girls, an Art Deco-era mirror from Paris and a Japanese puffer fish pendant light.
Natural sea-inspired art prints, air plants and that amazing juju hat (a favorite!) were our art feature wall in the space. The TV is there but it's not a feature of the room, just a part of it. Italian leather chairs and the low media center with the large midcentury lamp give this room a cool lounge feel. It makes me want to put a record on and make a gin & tonic with extra lime.
Visual interest abounds in this eclectic dining room thanks to six Lucite seats, two chunky velvet armchairs and a tree trunk-inspired table. By keeping each piece within a black-and-white color palette, designer Courtney Blaymore could draw even more attention to the modern art on the wall, which makes for great conversation at dinner.
Online lifestyle editor Briana and her boyfriend Buzz, a mobile developer, intended the bedroom in their Brooklyn loft to have an airy, calm, Palm Springs-inspired feeling. Yet the expansive wall behind their bed seemed impossible to fill and they knew small pieces would just make the space feel cluttered or jammed. By opting for one large piece of art hung directly above the bed, they found their sleeping area was instantly anchored. The key to using art successfully in small spaces is to opt for large, over-scaled pieces. Art pieces like this instantly add a graphic focal point and also offer a single source of color to inspire paint and accessories that personalize the space.
Making the most of every nook, the space around the staircase doubles as as sitting area and office. The Asian-inspired secretary house decorative items, but pulls down as a simple desk that combines with a cowhide armchair. Black-and-white abstract art makes a bold statement on the creamy white walls, while a more traditional area rug grounds the space.
Ironically enough, before even knowing what the room was once used for, designer Young Huh envisioned it as an art studio—the overhead lighting is that good! Her magical design, called “Young at Art,” explores the allure of an artist’s studio. The walls are covered with Fromental’s Braque (a large-scale collage inspired by Cubism) while a Mason Gerard easel and an array of abstract art complete the design.
The closet, painted a bold pink and filled with cans of paint and figurine palm trees, was a happy surprise.
To make what was a juvenile, childish girl's room more appropriate for a growing tween, its walls were painted a deep shade of violet, album cover-inspired art was hung to create a focal point, vintage lighting was installed on the ceilings and the walls, and women's fashion fabrics were used in upholstered accents. Now the designer-caliber room is as appealing to the tween herself as it is to her young parents.
East meets west in this eclectic entry hall, which features a nail head-studded door, shouldered arch and original crown molding. A star-shaped flush-mount light fixture echoes the star pattern on the door. An original phone niche houses a sculpture from the owner's extensive art collection. French Colonial-inspired architectural elements are set off by the contrast brought by white walls and ebonized hardwood floors.
More floral wall coverings in a lilac that plays very well with spring-evocative greens and contemporary art keeps this bedroom from Catherine M. Austin Interior Design from registering as too saccharine and girly. The color scheme was inspired by Austin’s time spent in Italy in the spring and the purple wisteria she saw there. Think about using your travel photos for both design and color inspiration.