Expert Advice and Interior Design tips

Expert Advice and Interior Design tips
Read about Interior Design recommendations focusing on wall décor and all sorts of advice to help you decorate in style. Find great ideas to bring art and oil paintings into your wall décor.
Gallery Wall Example

We add beautiful pieces of art to our homes to add character to a space and to express ourselves, so it stands to reason that we may want to approach our wall decor in a fresh, expressive way. Here are some wall decor trends that encourage groupings of artworks into Gallery Walls and pairings complementing works of art.A Group of PaintingsWe traditionally think of finding one perfect painting for a space and focusing on it, but perhaps a grouping of similar or complementary paintings would fit the room best. Think of artists from all over the art-spectrum that, hung just right, will highlight each other's uniqueness and style.Combine Decor Styles and MediumsPair a singular painting and other objects, such as photographs, wall lights, mirrors, and shelving to add depth, functionality, and new opportunities to be creative. A bold painting would look great with subtle wall decor or vice versa.Paint and Stencil Different paintings draw us into their beauty, atmosphere, emotions, or perfection, and you want to add the feeling the paintings give you to your room. A great way to integrate the painting into the room would be to combine another wall decor trend like painting and stenciling to make...

We are all unique. This is true on every level, including our sense of style and what we find to be beautiful. With this in mind, we've created a guide to try and help those that are looking to decorate their walls with a set of ideas to try and spark their imagination. this is not going to work for everyone, but I hope some of you will find this intriguing.If you are looking for more decor advice and need assistance then we are here to help. please contact us via our Free Decor Assistance page and we will be happy to schedule a call with one of our decorating specialists. You can also download a free PDF copy of this guide.Traditional A welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. To avoid the outdated feel the essentials are order, symmetry and freshness to coordinate a perfect Traditional look.Selecting the Artwork: Choose fine art pieces in time-honored styles such as Traditional, Classical, Romanticism and Impressionism. Some artists to choose from: Lord Frederic Leighton, Rembrandt, William-Adolphe Bouguereau or Arnold Bocklin.Rustic Your home has an honest cozy feel to it....

1. TraditionalA welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. The essentials are order, symmetry and freshness to avoid the outdated feel. Lord Frederic Leighton, Rembrandt or Bouguereau are three examples of artists that will give it the ultimate refinement.overstockArt.com categories: Traditional, Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolist2. RusticYour home has an honest cozy feel to it. You probably love reusing wire baskets and wooden crates over rough textiles, patchwork and earth tones. The point of perfection lies between the loose and lush feel of nature and an ever so slight touch of industrial style rawness – balancing the organic forms with sleek surfaces. Cezanne, Van Gogh and Alfred Maurer are a great starting point to complement your decoration.overstockArt.com categories: Rustic, Country Landscapes, Post-impressionist3. ModernYou love the mid-century looks balancing bold and elegant; retro and futuristic. Your house contrasts sleek forms, pop art and statement objects a midst simple surroundings. The perfect Modern pairs neutral and saturated tones; bold geometric patterns or sensuous curves with classic midcentury objects. Besides Pop Art, you can explore other modern styles starting by Edward Hopper and Gustav Klimt.overstockArt.com categories: Pop Art,...

There is no better time to dream in colors than when the sunlight is back in the sky. And no better advice to follow than the one coming from Pantone, the international leader in color technology and trends from design to decoration.When we dare to match tendencies with timeless art, what were beautiful tones turn into true statements of elegance, beauty and meaning. And if the originals are too much of a dream for your wallet, we selected beautiful handmade reproductions at overstockart.com so that you can transform your walls into masterpieces.Cayenne (P18-1651)A high impact color, spicy and hot, that mixes to perfection the romance of strong pink with a hint of a Boudoir feeling. It looks enigmatic with blue and witty with freesia. It inspires confidence, passion and a zest for life, and it goes beautifully with "Odalisque" by Matisse.Violet Tulip (P16-3823)It is commonly related to creativity, individualism and rebirth - that goes well with the theme of spring. It can be combined with orange to yellow hues for an extravagant effect, or with white and neutrals for a romantic atmosphere. For a balanced combination "A Slick Rider" by Charles Marion Russell is a great choice.Freesia (P14-0852)...
Monet - Artist's Garden at Giverny

All nature contains art. The play of light and shadow lingering in the shapes of nature, from season to season, are of endless inspiration. But from all of them, Spring is the season which brings the most excitement. Not everyone can express Springtime as Monet or as Botticelli in ‘La Primavera’, but we all know how it feels like.Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute sums it up brilliantly. "This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations." It is the time to explore those combinations we always wanted to, but never had a good impulse to do it. Spring is here, and there is no limit for color and creativity.Either you choose a natural style or bold prints and graphic patterns, use your freedom to balance the soft pastels with vivid bright and play with the shades between the extremes of your favorite palettes. Fill your home with the feeling of blooming flowers, nature scents and – why not – beautiful Art...

No matter who is on your gift list this holiday season, hand painted paintings and contemporary canvas art prints can make great presents that are a bit more thoughtful than most. From sprawling landscapes to classic reproductions to abstract shapes, these unique and collectible pieces make beautiful additions to any collection or room.If you want to give a work of art as a gift this holiday season but don’t know which to choose, these general questions will help steer you in the right direction Who are you shopping for? An older adult will have much different art preferences than a teenager, just like a male may have different tastes than a female. Younger men and women often like brightly colored paintings with animals or abstract shapes, while older people may prefer something a bit more subdued, like a nature scene.What are his or her interests?Consider your loved one’s interests, existing home decor, hobbies and even clothing style for some insight into the type of art he or she might like. Those who love sports, hunting or other outdoor activities would probably enjoy a rustic forest scene or a classic Edward Hopper lighthouse painting. If you’re shopping for a woman...
Henri Matisse - Lorette in a Green Robe against a Black Background

Everyone seeks advice. Artists have a tendency to always second guess themselves more then others. Insecurities and the luring question of "is this really great art?" are an ambiguous and extremely difficult questions to carry around in one's gut.The good news is that you are not alone. Artists have been faced with such concerns from the dawn of art itself. The great ones often spoke of the art process and what makes their art so very special.The following is a collection of artist inspiring quotes. Think of them as tips to help you get into the artist mindset and hopefully it will make you a better artist and a more confident one. Know in your heart that what you have created is nothing less than a masterpiece. It is a fantastic dream that one day this work will adorn the walls of the world's greatest art museums:“To create one’s own world takes courage.” -Georgia O’Keeffe “A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” -Paul Cezanne "The nude, if you tackle it, is a very fascinating subject, especially for a woman... Traditionally the Nude was used to express formulations about life as larger-than-life, as Heroic or Ideal... The nude is...
How to Choose the Perfect Painting for Your Room

It's easy to identify a painting that you're fond of, but it's a bit trickier to find a painting that works well in a specific room of your home. These expert tips will help you choose a painting that adds to your space and works with the existing décor.Lively Living AreasIn the living room, something bold and eye-catching works best because this room generally has an open layout and is full of lively activity. Colors like green and purple are great choices, as they brighten up the space and add a pop of color to even the most basic furniture. Place a gallery wall of paintings above the sofa, or lean a series of same-sized paintings on a shelf or media cabinet. One long, horizontal painting on a large, blank wall also makes a beautiful focal point.Cooking & Dining DecorClassic still life paintings of fruits, wines and other food items are universally flattering choices in any kitchen and dining room, but you can customize this traditional wall décor by using one uniform accent color across the board. Bright shades like yellow, red or orange work best in these social, festive places. Place paintings in a row across the tops...

We can use animal symbolism to make the act of decorating our spaces easier and feel more connected with the personality of ourselves, our families, or our company.
Surviving a Date to the Art Museum

Copy and paste the HTML to embed this Infograph:If you have a looming date to stare at art for an indeterminate amount of time with a person you intend on wooing, then you should know about the etiquette expectations that will make or cripple your romantic festivities. For those that emerge, validated, from the museum’s exit, the spoils of a successful date await. But without the prerequisite knowledge, you may find that the love you hoped to detect in the air has been replaced with the bitter smell of revolt.Here’s what you’ll need to do to get a second date:No matter how knowledgeable you may be about art, never force your opinion onto your date. A first date is no place to unleash a disparaging volley on romanticism or Picasso, especially if your date holds an opposing stance.Perhaps you are the uninitiated one. In this case, you’ll want to be inquisitive and open to learning. Don’t forget that you’re on a date, though, and not in art class — don’t interrogate your date to get every last boring detail.Get comfortable with your date and forget about the art. In the end, you need to remember you’re at the art...