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.
If a great-looking gallery wall gives you goosebumps, the fastest (and cheapest) way to collect art for one is to scour your local flea markets and art fairs. This nostalgic Fisher Price inspired piece by Denver-based artist Jonathan Fenske was the starting point for this gallery wall and sets a playful tone for the space.
A graduate of Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art, Naomi has an enduring love of paintings and photography. Both can be found on the walls of her home. In the living room, above the sofa, a concise selection of black and white photography and ink drawings creates a bold visual impact.
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.