MonetSay you’re a fan of Monet, you know, the French artist who painted all of those water lilies, check out this print from www.art.com. Use the hues in the painting to inspire a color scheme for your own home. You’ve got blue, green, pink with touches of white and black, always a good grounding color. And Monet had a sort of laid-back smudgy feel that could be very comfortable (Impressionism). Your inner artiste doesn’t want cutting-edge graphics; instead go for muted florals and complementary hues.
Georgia O'KeefeKnown for her depictions of skulls and in-your-face flowers, American West painter Georgia O’Keefe is not an artist for the faint-hearted. Take a look at the O’Keefe print called Red, White and Blue, 1931, above left, available at www.happyshadows.com.
Gregory AugustineIf you’re attracted to strong colors and shapes and a hint of au natural, she might be an inner artiste just right for you — someone who could inspire you to take risks and be bold. You don’t have to go all western or litter your space with skulls to catch an O’Keefe vibe, either. Check out the fantastic urban loft designed by "http://web.hgtv.com/hgtv/web/portfolioSearchResults?searchType=Portfolio&Room=&Style=&Designer=Gregory+Augustine&Find=Find">Gregory Augustine (above, right). The entryway with its red wall and interesting rustic chair and art hint at the flavor of the West without too much giddy up. The wood floors and charcoal door are artful touches.
Edward HopperDo you like your interiors quiet, serious, maybe even a little somber? You may be channeling Edward Hopper as your inner artiste, see his print to the right called Brooklyn Room; available at www.allposters.com.
Kenneth BrownThe realist American painter liked stark, clean lines, just like designer Kenneth Brown, who often works in a subdued palette. His living space in many shades of gold and brown is a work of art in itself. Photo by Mayer Bowden Photography.
Andy WarholThe founder of the art studio famously called The Factory, Andy Warhol is best known for crossing the line between fine and commercial art with silk-screened prints of Campbell Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe. If you like this graphic style (check out this classic shoe posterfrom www.art.com.
Pamela BerstlerYour inner artiste may be itching to work in a bold palette with strong shapes. Maybe the color will inspire you to create an outdoor room a la Pamela Berstler, who often works in a similar color palette.
John EllisMaybe you’re more in tune with English naturalist John Ellis who was a botanical illustrator in the 1700s. His original prints of vivid coral are treasured antiques today (see the print above left, from panteek.com).
Jaymes Richardson and Don RaneyIf your inner artiste celebrates the intricate details and fine colors of nature, you might be on the same wavelength as designers Jaymes Richardson and Don Raney, who perked up a 1920s cottage with nature’s colors of green and poppy and some pretty amazing coral-inspired chandeliers.