Art Works! Stay on Trend by Mixing Art Into Your Space

Whether your style is Heirloom or Gallerie see how to incorporate art into your design scheme.

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July 19, 2017
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Art Shade

The bold kelly green accents in this Gallerie teen bedroom contrast with a clever way of incorporating artwork: an adaptation of an Andy Warhol print on window shades.

Heritage Art

Whether it's a portrait of your own relative or just a wonderful found portrait from an antique or thrift store, portraiture brings vintage flair to an Heirloom living room, especially when presented in a gorgeous gilt frame.

Basket Wall Art

Woven baskets add a natural touch to this TerraCottage style living room. Group collections for maximum impact.

Stripes + Statement Art

Artwork can be kept to a mimimum on larger walls when graphic black stripes add so much additional visual interest.

Hallway Gallery

White paneling is the perfect blank canvas on which to layer colorful pop art and transform a stairwell into a chic modern art gallery. Stairwells, hallways and other transitional spaces make great galleries as seen in the bold colors against white walls in this Gallerie-style space.

Repurposed Art

Discarded, forgotten wood becomes artwork from artist Bri Land. Grouping items in a casual way leaning on a shelf or floor is a great way to bring the global, eclectic TerraCottage trend to life.

Kid's Library and Playroom

Don't feel like you have to present kid-friendly art in a kid space. Contemporary art is a great, edgy addition to this punchy orange Gallerie space.

Whimsical Wooden Sheep

One way to incorporate some sculptural pieces in a Gallerie-style space: intersperse them with furniture in the room for a playful effect.

Bigger Is Better

Large-scale art integrates well with the graphic Gallerie trend.

Striped Walls + Bold Green Accents

Art can be kept to a minimum when the walls are this bold. A colorful large-scale painting is all this bedroom needs, and also functions as a headboard substitute.

Relatable Art

The novel way these baskets have been arranged and the way they "converse" with the black and white photograph in this TerraCottage room shows how beautifully well-installed can work together.

Colorful Art

Sculptural qualities like the base of the brass dining table are fascinating partners to the vibrant artwork in this sophisticated apartment. When artwork is this bold, the decor can take a backseat.

Decorative Art

A modernist painting works well with the midcentury modern furniture in this home. Vintage glassware arranged en masse adds another art element to this Gallerie home that complements the design.

Color Guard

Saturated teal, cotton candy pink and a subdued sideboard create the ideal color balance in this cool, but still colorful hallway. White walls for art aren't your only option: coordinating wall color to an important piece of artwork is a great option shown here in this Color Form space.

Pop Art

Works by a Chinese artist arranged in a linear cartoon-panel style lend the perfect frisson of color and cheeky attitude to what could be a very plain basement ping pong playroom.

Bold Primary Colors

The primary colors and graphic shape of this artwork perfectly complements the furniture and decor in this Gallerie playroom.

Heirloom Gallery Wall

One of the most important factors in giving a room personality is the proper selection of art. This doesn’t require spending a lot on expensive originals, but rather a keen eye. This gallery grouping was made by searching local flea markets and vintage stores for a mix of colorful and neutral pieces ranging in shape, size and subject matter. After spacing them out on the floor, the collection was hung on the wall with a consistent amount of space left between each piece.

Vintage Scarf as Contemporary Wall Art

Expand your definition of what constitutes "art." A vintage scarf beautifully framed, makes a great focal point and is a wonderful way to incorporate a meaningful heritage item into an Heirloom design scheme.

Contemporary Meets Classic

Left unframed, this contemporary portrait brings a fresh edge to this vignette complemented by a classic heritage sideboard. Mix up the Heirloom look with a few contemporary artworks to add interest.

Art Is What You Make It

A gorgeous tapestry or even printed fabric can make a statement artwork when hung at a dramatic height and given ample white space to set it off, as in this Heirloom vignette.

A Mix of Media

Don't be afraid to blend artworks in different media—sculpture, photography, painting—and to incorporate design objects and collections as seen in this wonderfully eclectic but still visually cohesive TerraCottage gallery wall with plenty of space between the art to keep things clean and open.

Fiber Art

Macrame fiber art makes a dramatic statement piece but maintains this room's low-key, global TerraCottage vibe.

Dreamcatcher, Watercolor Wall Art

A woven dreamcatcher hangs over the bed and two watercolor cactuses laser-cut and hand-painted by designer Joanna Gick balance the piece on either end. Using a child's craft and clever, original elements whether purchased or DIY can lend artistic flair to a child's room.

Bull's Eye Focal Wall

Feel like a DIY project? Create your own wall art by painting a graphic pattern in iconic Color Form pastel shades.

Conversation Piece

If you have a spectacular piece of art, the dining room, like this one in Cast Shadows edgy neutrals is the perfect place to invite conversation and lend drama to any dinner party.

Industrial Look

A dramatic ribbon of metal perfectly complements this matte black light fixture in a Cast Shadows-style room. If contemporary sculpture is not in your budget, consider using industrial pieces, salvaged metal and other elements and adapting them into your own sculptural pieces.

Art Book Gallery Wall

In lieu of the usual gallery wall, designer Linc Thelen came up with a novel notion in this Chicago home with bold Gallerie style: use floating shelves to highlight a collection of graphic, colorful art books.

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