Display a substantial piece of art to create the focal point of a room.

Art adds personality and a point of engagement, and can be the starting point of your room design plan.

Start a room design with just one piece of extraordinary art. The art will transform your room and help you determine the rest of your décor, setting the color scheme and tying all your interior elements together.

First, take time to figure out what kind of art you like, rather than purchasing what’s “in” at the time you’re decorating. Art is a long-term investment that you should love since you’ll live with it on your walls for quite awhile. Visit art galleries, local art shows and museums, and make a point to look at the artwork in your friends’ homes, noting what you think you’d like in your home, and what you wouldn’t.

The art you select is very personal. It brings emotion and feeling into your home and lets people know something about you. Most often art is hung on a wall above the sofa or fireplace, but you can be creative about where art will look beautiful in your house.

Do think outside the box – and outside the frame! Not all art is hung on the wall. Sometimes a substantial piece of art might be a sculpture, dramatic rug, unusual chandelier or sculptural piece of furniture.

Focus on art as the first step next time you redecorate a room, then plan your room around the art!


Published by Essence of Design, llc

Essence of Design, llc is a full service interior design firm specializing in residential interiors in estate-size homes, family homes, vacation homes and condominiums. We work in close collaboration with our clients to create unique, luxury interiors that reflect their individual lifestyle and personalities. With our extensive resources, education and experience we strive to deliver design solutions tailored to fit the needs of each client’s space.

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