Artwork can be a divisive and intimidating element of interior design. It is completely individual and speaks to our own creative mind. In a world where technology reigns supreme, artwork is intrinsically human. Designed and created by us for our pleasure.
Historically, artwork has always featured in our interiors. Murals, wallpapers and tapestries have all made an appearance in British homes over the centuries, influenced by different art movements. Even the Ancient Romans painted murals in their bathhouses, and designed mosaics for their villas.
Why is artwork important?
As interior designers we want to ensure that our client’s artistic style is recorded as effectively as possible, whatever their budget. If you’ve got your heart set on a mural for your own Roman bathhouse, we’ll see what we can do!
Artwork is not restricted to paint on a canvas. Think sculpture, ceramics, and tapestry. Prints are probably the most popular form of artwork at the moment. Unlike times gone by, artwork is not now restricted to the wealthiest in society and collectors. Modern prints are relatively cheap to produce, cheap to buy and readily available.
Have a look below at our recommendations for artwork to enhance your interior.
A collection of our favourite prints
We love perusing our favourite online stores at artwork, but it is worth remembering to always try and buy local. Inspiration is easy to come by online, but the high street needs us more than ever. There are so many independent homeware shops and artists in our local area with beautiful unique pieces just waiting to be found by you.
Originally designed with paper cut-outs, this print is ideal for any minimalist room with its restricted colour palette of black and creams.
Rich and bold orange-tinted pink hues in Lind’s print will stand out against a black canvas.
Perfect as a different take on the popular poster style of prints. The blurb at the bottom of the piece contains a beautiful collection of mantras to inspire you every day.
A gentle and abstract landscape with muted tones, perfect for a space which is trying to invoke a sense of calm.
For something a little different, Pfrommer’s photograph depicts distorted figures and is mounted behind acrylic.
The Gallery Wall
The gallery wall is like a huge game of Tetris, or a giant jigsaw – in every sense of the word. It might start off fun, but if it doesn’t go right, it can get very frustrating very quickly!
There are plenty of templates available online to show you the best ways to space out a set of prints on a feature wall. We would recommend choosing a layout that works for your space, paying special attention to the scale – how big and bold do you want this gallery to be? Why not give yourself a test run, by blue-tacking the same-sized pieces of paper to the wall first in the style of your chosen composition, before investing in the artwork?
Once you have settled on a layout that will work, now comes the fun part. Using our recommendations above, explore the style of artwork that will work in your room. Think about the colour schemes that you already have in place. Also think about the style of frames to go for. Would you like them to all be the same colour, material and thickness, or different? This is where Pinterest may come in helpful for a bit of inspiration.
Traditional artwork not for you?
There are countless ways to intertwine your artistic style into your home without having to commit to buying traditional canvases or prints. If you have a collection of beautiful ceramic plates, why not consider mounting these on the wall? This would be a unique yet elegant way to introduce pattern and texture to a wall.
Soft furnishings are also a perfect way express your personal style: consider incorporating a printed fabric for curtains, or decorative cushions into your space.
Textured materials can also create interest in your space. Textured wall or floor coverings create that added interest in a minimal space which otherwise doesn’t have any pattern.