Touches of whimsy keep this dark, traditional study from taking itself seriously. A modern, ethereal photograph is juxtaposed with collected antiquities displayed on rough-hewn shelves. A contemporary take on a Greek key pattern is playful when paired with a Louis XIV fauteuil chair.
This recreation room packs a punch! A lengthy, custom-built sofa sits below the room's highlight -- a massive piece of photo art depicting a crashing wave. The scale of the otherwise simple piece is what makes it so impactful. Nearby beanbag chairs in an animal print add to the room's sense of whimsy and comfort.
Another splurge in the design was custom framing for the fine art photography. Black lacquered framing was chosen to coordinate with the black accents of the room, while an inset turquoise fillet — the accent molding that fits inside a larger frame and usually sits on top of the mat — helps highlight the blue tones in the art. Since the room receives ample sunlight, non-glare acrylic was chosen rather than glass to protect the art from UV rays.
Designer Meg Caswell recycles a wood pallet as a unique photo display hanging over the tan sofa. The light blue walls and matching patterned pillows, along with the unique coffee table create a contemporary meets traditional style.
This bedroom's unique feature is the criss-cross ribbon attached to both walls. The homeowners can place photos, art, drawings, postcards -- anything! -- under the ribbons, and change them out at any time for changing and evolving decor. Pale periwinkle-colored walls create a soothing sleep space, and an industrial-style table with wheels doubles as a dressing table or desk.
To fill a big blank wall, take your favorite vacation photo and upload it to one of the many sites that now print large format photographs. You can create an impactful, personal work of art that's inexpensive, says Atlanta interior designer and home decor store owner Steve McKenzie. He created this room as part of the makeovers given to families by Dwell with Dignity Atlanta, a nonprofit organization.
Designer Rebecca Cartwright sourced much of the art in the Naturally home from artists with studios or who live in the Serenbe community. She says decorating with local art brings instant character and personality to your home.
Three-dimensional wall art goes a long way if you’re working with lots of blank space, and the plush variety is so fitting for a nursery. To achieve a more playful feel, mount a stuffed animal head above your crib. Thanks to the internet, you can find just about any animal you’d want – from a deer to a flamingo to a unicorn. For a more modern look, mount a plush geometric shape, like the edgy, black-and-white rain cloud here. Or, do both, like designer and stylist Live Loud Girl. You really can’t go wrong when it comes to fun, pillowy wall art.
The limited amount of art and accessories in a Scandinavian inspired space means that each piece takes on added importance. The graphic quality of the art on Helga’s living room wall really stands out, where as it may have gotten lost in the shuffle in a large gallery wall. Keeping larger furnishings neutral allows smaller, more colorful items to really be “seen” and have more impact.
The bathroom’s new water closet offers privacy, with colorful art on the walls inside for a decorative touch. Moving the location of the blue-gray guest bedroom closet allowed room for a more spacious bathroom on this level of the home.
What interior designer Tiffany Brooks calls the most exciting piece of art in the home, imagery of a vintage oak tree found at the Smithsonian with rings that show the age of the tree were replicated by an artist with the colors inverted, so the artwork almost looks like an x-ray of an oak tree ring.