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3 Types of Figurative Art

Line

Line art is incredibly popular right now. You can either find incredible, clean looking digital pieces, or beautiful hand inked artworks to suit your space. Line art figures are a simple way to add a piece of artwork to your space, but have it stay subtle artwork for the background of your room. I would recommend these pieces if your room is busier (maximalists), that way it doesn’t overwhelm the eye.

Shape

These shape based pieces of figure art are everywhere in interior design at the moment. These pieces are solid and often colourful, so if you want a splash of colour and a modern piece of artwork, these could definitely work for you. Shape based figure art is becoming popular in Scandinavian and Minimalist spaces alike.

Abstract

Abstract figure art is a great option for rooms that are more modern and minimalist. These piece are usually bold and eye catching, perfect for a statement wall. These pieces tend to be abstracts with figures that are more hidden within the piece, less focused on the figure, but more the overall abstract shapes.

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Photography

This art style is a great way to include a modern piece in your space, but keep it classic. Photography is also great for minimalists not looking for the painted look. Photography is a pretty broad category, ranging from macro to wide lens, you can find a piece that will suit any space.

Landscapes

There has been a rise in modern abstract landscapes in interior design. If you’re hunting for a more traditional look, a simple painted piece is great for a large wall. Landscapes are perfect for over the couch or fireplace.

Abstracts

You can either go for a dramatic pop of colour, or stick to a more subdued neutral palette. These pieces are the perfect accompaniment to a modern or minimalist space. I recommend going for a bigger piece instead of a small abstract, so it can create more texture and visual interest in a room.

Florals

Florals are another type of art that has been recently branching into a more modern interior design style. There are artists painting abstract florals that are great for a feminine element. These dramatic colour palettes are great if you’re looking for an eye catching piece.

Collage

No, I’m not talking about that cut up newspaper type of collage, but a modern take on this style. With photoshop and digital art programs now becoming so accessible, artists are creating beautiful digital collages that are bold and fresh. These pieces are great conversation starters, I would keep the sizing small to medium as these pieces tend to be visually quite busy.

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Living Room Console

If you’re someone that has trouble styling your console, try adding a medium sized print to it. This is a great way to either add, colour, pattern or a focal point to your console. Just make sure to balance it out by adding some other tall elements such as candles or dried plants.

Kitchen

A room in your house that is often neglected in terms of artwork. Kitchens are a great opportunity to add some playful art to be a conversation opener for guests. When hosting, people will often migrate into your kitchen and having a bold piece of art on the wall can really spark an interesting conversation.

Bedside Table

Instead of just having your phone, clock and a glass of water, why not add a small piece of art? Your bedside table is often the first thing you see in the morning, so I recommend adding a soothing print to start your day in a calm and happy mood. Try to stick to a neutral or blue colour palette to create that relaxing feeling.

Bathroom

Another room that tends to be forgotten in terms of artwork. Bathroom art pieces are usually soft and subtle. Stay far away from the tacky word art bathroom jokes and try to go for a modern abstract or interesting photography piece. Another great option is soft floral pieces (either monochromatic or watercolour). No matter what are you choose, please reader, for me, do not add a toilet themed cartoon print - no one wants to look at those.

Over the Mantel

All that brick or wood over your mantel can seem a bit boring, so try to add a large piece of artwork. I recommend a colour palette that either blends well with the fireplace, or go for a pop of colour that contrasts nicely. The most common over the mantel art I have seen are landscapes and abstracts as they're a nice neutral choice.
 

2021 Art Colour Trends

Well reader, these colours can be a little dramatic and intimidating, but no more so then when you called the doctor’s office hoping for their voicemail but instead got their grouchy secretary. Colour can be a way to bring life into a plain space, this year, let’s shake off those old 2020 feelings and add breathe some life into our spaces.

1. Aegean Teal

This bright and cheerful colour is great too add a pop of colour to a space. I recommend using artwork with this colour and keeping a white frame to make the piece stand out. You can find all kinds of artwork using this style ranging from florals and coastal paintings, all the way to bright and colourful modern art.

2. Ultimate Grey

A nice and neutral grey never fails. This colour is perfect for minimalists and neutral lovers alike. If you’re looking to keep a more subtle colour palette in your artwork, this one’s for you. Whether you prefer abstract artwork, or monochromatic landscapes, it’s easy to find grey art nowadays.

3. Lemon Yellow

This colour can be a little divisive in the interior design world, but personally, I find it cheerful and warm. This colour can be pound in abstracts, florals and bright landscapes. When using a bright colour, make sure to either keep this the only pop of colour ( a focal point in your space), or have several other yellow accessories to tie the piece of art into your room. For a dramatic colour, palette, use white, black and yellow for a modern and stunning effect.

3 Bohemian Art Trends

Botanicals 

One of the most popular art options for the boho style is plant based artwork. This ranges from simple botanical line art, to filtered photography all the way to shape based plant abstracts. These are the perfect pieces for the plant lover in your life. A key piece of the boho style is house plants, often ferns, palms, cactuses and large potted plants. Why not keep this theme reflected in the artwork?

Line Arches

These pieces are simple line art based around arches and half circles. These pieces are a more minimalist take on boho style, great for the boho spaces with less furnishings and decor. You don’t have to have seven thousand plants to still maintain an overall boho style to your space, just keep the colours warm and add a couple of rattan furnishings and you’re good to go.

Abstracts

These pieces are gaining popularity with warm toned neutral pieces for spaces. These pieces can really suit a space that’s overwhelmed with plants, macrame and rattan. Keeping the art neutral can be a great choice for maximalist spaces with more furnishings and decor pieces.

Spring Florals

With spring fast approaching, that time of year to spring clean and redecorate is upon us dear reader. Soon flowers will be popping up out of the ground, in the meantime, why not add some colour to your interior? Floral artwork can be a great way to add some colour to a space. There are a few types of floral artwork for you to choose from. You can stick with a classic water-colour, go for a modern abstract, or add a sleek piece of floral photography to your home. No matter what your personal style is, floral artwork can complement your design sense.

Watercolour Florals

Watercolour florals have been around for centuries, and it’s no wonder why, they’re elegant and classic. Watercolours tend to add a softer touch, so if you don’t want your art to be too dramatic, I would stick with a watercolour floral. This is not to say that watercolours can’t be pigmented and vibrant, but in general, these pieces tend to be a little more muted and washed out (perfect for a more subtle and traditional space).

Modern Floral Abstracts

Modern abstract florals are a great option if you’re looking for artwork that pops. These tend to have more dramatic colours and shapes. These pieces are often bright floral looking painted shapes on white backgrounds, making the colour stand out even more. If you’re someone with a more minimal or modern space, I would go in this direction.

Floral Photography

Floral photography can be a really interesting option for modern or eclectic homes. These pieces can range from macro leaf and petal photography all the way to minimalist black and white artworks. These macro shots range from closeups of the texture on the flower’s leaves all the way to water droplets on the leaves. Black and white floral photography is perfect for a feminine but modern space. I image these pieces in a Paris apartment with lots of white and black and neutral furnishings.

Vintage or Dark Academia Art

Happy March reader, are you starting to get the spring cleaning or decorating bug yet? I know I have been, which brings me to one thing, Pintrest. Somehow, like many others I fell into a rabbit hole of vintage aesthetic photos and found something called Dark Academia. Now, I’m not going to talk about the fashion or ideals of this aesthetic, just the interior design style.
Vintage or dark academia rooms tend to be darker walls, with lots of wood, books and classical statues. Basically how I image an old Englishman named George Walker’s study to look. Even with the overwhelming rise in the minimalist style, many still prefer more traditional styles of artwork. This particular aesthetic tends to have art that reflects either a vintage style, darker colour palette, or classical statues. The furniture is wood, leather or old fabrics, with lots of big comfy armchairs to read your book in by a fireplace. Interestingly, this aesthetic seems to be bigger with teens and millennial, mostly becoming popular through social media. Why not move away from the all white abstracts and check out a darker and more warm toned style?

Art On Your Bedside Table

Hear me out reader, what usually sits on your bedside table, maybe your phone and clock? Many people have trouble styling their bedside tables, the problem is they’re small and only really used for essentials. A great solution to this problem is adding a piece of artwork.
It’s narrow so it won’t take up much needed space for your water glass or clock. You always see beautiful bedside tables in magazines, but the reality is they’re usually just places for stuff you want in reaching distance. You don’t want a thousand knickknacks, but you want it to have some personality beyond being where your alarm wakes you up every morning to an increasingly annoying pop cover. I would also suggest that the artwork sticking with a smaller piece of artwork with a simple or bright design.

Matisse Art Prints

Welcome back reader, I hope you had a pleasant week. Today I want to talk to you about the rise of minimalism and how Matisse art prints are making a huge splash in social media.

Minimalist trends have been steadily rising for years, bringing back more simple and graphic art styles. It would be strange to have a white room with simple furniture and an elaborate old fashioned painting, so decorators have chosen to stick with more shape-based artwork to compliment this design aesthetic. I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of influencers online with their fancy apartments and their Matisse art prints. Matisse is a great choice for simple decoration styles as his work is very colour and shape-based. This simply means he mostly painted colourful blobs. His other most popular prints are line art, again a simple drawing or painting that will match a more modern design taste.

It’s not only that his art is simple, Matisse is a name that a lot of people recognize. Most people don’t have a terribly diverse art history knowledge, but I would recon almost everybody has at least heard the name Matisse. Buying name brand clothing and accessories has been trendy and a status symbol for a long-time, and this is no exception with artwork. Buying artwork with a big name like Matisse on it can look upscale and fashionable.

Whether you purchase a Matisse print for the name, style or simple the trend, Matisse art prints are great pieces for any modern space. With a timeless modern style, it’s no wonder 67 years after his death, Henri Matisse’s work lives on in contemporary homes.

So, You’re Making a Galley Wall

Well well well, it seems you’ve given into social media and have decided to make a gallery wall like the one you saw online. Hanging a gallery wall isn’t nearly as heard as some people make it out to be, so friend, here are my steps for creating the perfect gallery wall.
First, you’re going to look like a weirdo and sit on your kitchen floor. I find the best way to plan a gallery wall layout is on the ground, that way you can clearly see if the pieces will fit well together without having to hold up pictures and squint at them hoping they look good together.
Next, assuming you’re happy with your layout and your feet having fallen asleep from crouching on the floor, get up and find some large paper. The best tip I ever got for hanging a gallery wall is to trace out the size of each artwork on paper, and then mark on the paper how far down the nail needs to go. This will save you so much time and arm strength. One you have all of your pieces cut out and nail placements marked on the paper, go ahead and tape the paper to the wall in the layout you had decided on the floor (try using painter’s tape so you don’t leave a mark). You can now make sure all of the paper pieces are straight.
Finally go ahead and put the nail into the wall trough the paper in the spot you marked. Once the nails are all in the wall, you can remove the paper and voila, you gallery wall art is ready to hang. These steps may seem silly and unnecessary, but I promise you it saves so much time and keeps you from making a ton of holes in the wall from all of the times you didn’t measure right. Now go friend, be free and create a gallery wall to post online and feed the public’s obsession.