You can still live large in a tiny apartment! A stunning, natural wood coffee table features prominently in this small studio remodel by designer Jarret Yoshida. Soft grays and muted lavenders help carry the relaxed feel through the space, while a large charcoal artwork by artist Josh Bricker evokes organic, floral imagery. Curling up on the sofa with a good book would be a joy in this cozy space.
A gray shag rug adds texture to this sleek contemporary design. A large sectional is topped with a mix of throw pillows featuring gray hues and a touch of pattern. Roman shades let in natural light from the windows. Framed dresses add unique decoration and a pop of color to the room.
“Two large paintings on either side of the front door were sourced locally — much of the art in the house is local,” says interior designer Linda Woodrum of the striking artwork art found in HGTV Dream Home 2015.
Taking cues from the botanical prints and loveseat on the other side of the room, the designers brought in a piece of green artwork. Thanks to its large size and subtle hue, the piece easily enlivens the suite.
Incorporating bold abstract art and large-scale geometric patterns helped achieve a unique and retro look in this living room. Yellow throw pillows add bright color, while a thick-striped rug adds bold pattern. Unique tables complete the funky, fresh decor.
Here’s a designer trick for oversized artwork, when you can’t afford an original painting for the entire wall. Buy two of the same pieces of abstract art (these floral pieces were discounted at a home goods store), and then hang one upside down, says Jennifer Foster with Eanes Foster Design. It looks like a diptych and takes up a large amount of wall space for maximum effect, she says.
In large rooms, pay close attention to the shape, size and scale of any featured artwork. When small subjects are placed across a generously sized room, they lose their impact and appear more as visual clutter than a focal point. Here, in the multipurpose workspace located off the kitchen, an oversized fiberglass Trojan horse grounds the space and creates a focal point from across the great room.