Colorful, patterned wallpaper covers the walls in this Art Deco-inspired living space. A saffron orange sofa with custom pink silk ribbon trim grounds the room with playful throw pillows and sits atop a grass green wool and silk blend area rug. Two windows let in lots of natural light and feature embroidered linen curtains with watermelon pink roman shades giving this space a vibrant jewel box vibe.
Alex Ray, of Five Senses Art Consultancy, was inspired to illustrate a move away from technology back to the basics of communication through an installation of hand-cast bronze letters and ancient symbols, as seen at the San Francisco Decorator Showcase 2014. An overhead view from the staircase shows the letters tumbling down a white wall where dark brown hardwood floors are accented by a yellow carpet runner.
In this Arts & Crafts-inspired living room, the design team used large-scale furniture and lighting to bring the spaces down to a comfortable level and went for a rustic-modern vibe to tie in with the existing wood trim. A wood accent wall creates a focal point behind the stone fireplace, while modern artwork and a symmetrical furniture arrangement draw the eye through the space. Comfortable seating adds to the room's family-friendly ambiance.
The heart and soul of this girls' bedroom is an accent wall covered in a bright floral wallpaper by artist Nathalie Lete. Its vibrant, yet sophisticated colors and patterns inspire the palette of the rest of the room. Cheery, llama bedding adds to the merry mix as do the mint green, kid-sized chairs around the art table.
Wall art comes in all shapes and sizes, especially if it's a DIY project. This black-and-white piece is inspired by the pattern of an Ikea pillow and uses plywood and paint, by Allison Fannin of Two Thirty-Five Designs. Another affordable idea for a holiday mantel is to place extra ornaments in a glass jar. She also repainted the chair (an estate sale find) in front of the fireplace gold and recovered the cushion.
Designer tips can work in any kitchen. Just ask designer Egypt Sherrod, who installed these creative table trays as great wall decor for this simple kitchen she helped design for Dwell with Dignity, a nonprofit group working to create soothing, inspiring homes for families struggling with homelessness and poverty. Inexpensive trays, which can be found at stores like HomeGoods and Pier 1, make for interesting wall art and go with the universal theme of eating and entertaining that is the heart of every kitchen.
Jackson Paige Interiors designed this Brentwood home with a contemporary approach but added touches of coastal style throughout the space. This family room, for example, features a soft turquoise wallpaper as an accent wall, complementary sofa pillows, along with a coffee table, end table and art that inspire one to "hit the beach." Especially fetching are the low-to-the-ground occasional chairs that have a cottage-style aesthetic.