As an Art History major, I strongly believe that art should be an important element of interior design (or any interior project for that matter). When chosen carefully and thoughtfully, a work of art whether it be a painting, print or sculpture, has the ability to completely revive and transform a space. Often, a work of art will reflect your personality and unique taste while also subtly tying together a decorative scheme. Art can be incorporated into any room – yes, even a washroom! – and whatever your style whether it be an Old Masters, contemporary or Asian piece, you can either create a focal point with an artwork or carefully curate a well rounded room.
I personally love modern art which tends to span the period from 1860 – 1970 roughly, particularly the radical and innovative movements known as Fauvism, Expressionism, Futurism etc, purely because of the changes they represent visually in the world during the artist’s time.
Art therefore brings a touch of uniqueness to your home by adding a visual interest, which is why if the room is more unique to you, it will accurately and tastefully reflect your style. Any art that you incorporate into an already developed interior should either subtly compliment the already existing colour palette or add a pop of colour; one that isn’t too dramatic otherwise you might give people a shock! Also remember to place art front and centre as placing a large canvas or a stunning sculpture in a visible area allows the work to ‘shine’. This is perfect for neutral interiors where it can highlight an otherwise blank wall or fill an empty space.