Often people consider redesigning a room and spend hours, days, even months, compiling their style and how the room will look when completed. Quite right too – make sure you enjoy the process – take your time and look at lots of different options! Just don’t leave wall art as a last minute thought and then spend an equal amount of time trying to find that illusive piece of artwork that complements your new room. If at all possible, you really need to love it to admire it every day and not just buy it because it matches the scheme.
Following on from the interview with artist Amelia Bowman, who was interviewed by Good to be Home recently, in this post we’ll be advocating the importance of wall art within a room scheme and how it can help you make interior styling decisions.
The centrepiece and the starting point?
Wall art; be it a picture, poster, feature wallpaper, a collection of family photos, or a mix of all of these, can be the starting point of your rooms interior style. For example…
…check out this amazing tray artwork (yes, I did say tray!) from Pierrot et Coco. Used as the starting point for this design, it commands the focal point, and dictates the colour scheme, choice of style and texture of furniture, and the mood of the room. Dark, yes, but absolutely stunning and unique!
Amelia’s patterns have a timeless retro feel to them, mixing a bolder colour such as primrose or teal with a bold pattern, then accented with pops of opposing colour that makes them very engaging and very stylish.
I can see the Clover design as a feature wall in a sunny kitchen/diner, complemented with candy pink or burnt orange kitchen accessories and textiles – very popular colours at the moment – with plain white crockery and crisp white linen. Add in Ercol or Eames inspired chairs and a beautiful smooth blonde wood dining table, oak flooring, primrose walls and a matt sheen off-white kitchen and it’s a kitchen/diner that even I would love to cook in (I’m not known for my culinary skills)!
Influencing the mood
Consider the type of atmosphere and mood you want to create in the room, even if it’s a multi-functioning room. What do you want the overall ambience that hits you when you first walk into the room to be? Calm and tranquil, bright and modern, warm and welcoming, retro and pop art inspired, a grandness oozing opulence? What will be the touches you can add that will be personal to you – a painting handed down through the generations, a family photo that you want to be the centrepiece, an old picture frame that you picked up at a charity shop, a stylish poster or wallpaper that you just can’t stop thinking about?
Personally I love this pattern and colour combination from Amelia Bowman, a refreshing and funky blue with the intricate detailing of the dandelion clock, this is so versatile can create a refreshing coolness in a bright and sunny lounge or a calming softness with a trendy edge in a bedroom – choices, choices!
Adding colour and style
Your wall art can reinforce your room style and be a wonderful way to introduce colour without too much commitment (unless you have spent a fortune on a stunning original investment purchase of course!).
Even in a minimalist loving home, there can be room for a subtle introduction of colour and pattern, and there are so many choices available to suit just how colourful you want to go! Amelia’s unique posters are a clever way to bring pattern and colour into a scheme without it dominating the room, with many accent colours to pick your favourite(s) and replicate it within the room via soft furnishings and home accessories.
This print from Amelia is one of my favourites, and an inspiration for introducing a touch of colour into a white/cream based room. You could pick up the spot pattern in pink and white, and I would use the refreshing blue as the main accent colour. I would also make reference to the windmill by adding a stunning oversized wall clock and bring in mono stripes hinted at by the windmill’s sails, via soft furnishings (a good idea if you are still not sold on a lot of colour in a room).
Find out how to add the finishing touches in part 3!