An Art Inspired Room

There are many schools of thought about selecting art for your home. Many art purists shudder at the thought of picking art to match a sofa or wall color,  while many designers (myself included) see nothing wrong with that.  I’ve commissioned some great pieces from artists based on fabric swatches and paint chips in fact!   But what about decorating a room around a specific piece of art?  As a former art gallery worker I can tell you this- if you absolutely LOVE a piece of art you can and should make anything work- including basing your entire decorating scheme around it!

While sourcing some original art for a client last week I came across this piece by Daniel Brice I just loved.  It has such a Rothko vibe to it and the softly painted tones of coral, red and beige spoke to me.  So I attempted to design a bedroom based on it!
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Here’s what I came up with:


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What are your thoughts on art and interiors?



  1. Pretty collection!! I think art can be an amazing source of inspiration for interior decorating. However, personally I get sick of bold colors so quickly that I like the idea of being able to swap out art and have it still match the interiors of a room (kind of like what you did with your master bedroom.) Neutrals are my friends!

  2. The art in your home should make you happy. It shouldn’t matter if you chose it to match your couch or not. Pick pieces you can afford, and/or venture to create something yourself. Art doesn’t need to be expensive or serious. That’s my two cents.

  3. I like it. I certainly pick wall colors with existing art in mind, but I have a pretty loose interpretation of what art is. My favorite pieces is a Shinto wedding kimono that is just exquisite.

    That rug! Love it.

  4. I enjoy painting (watercolor and oil) but most of the paintings I like are landscapes, which as Lindsay said, I would like swapping out in a neutral room, however, I think basing a room on a more abstract painting would be really cool, especially if you were someone who didn’t want to mess around with changing your décor.

  5. I think they go hand in hand, at least that has been my experience. My decor is a reflection of my taste, preferences, color, experiences, etc… When I find art that speaks to me it usually fits in to my home somewhere. It reminds me of clothing – if I fall in love with a killer jacket I can always find something to pair with it in my closet.

  6. I know this is not about this post… But, about your nursery. I love the glider you chose, and wanted to know your thoughts on comfort (since there are no stores to go try it out it).

    Thank you!

  7. I love the idea of starting with a piece of art and then decorating around it! Especially if the piece has a lot of sentimental meaning to the owner. We have just finished decorating our renovated house and have a few blank spaces for art. I think it would be difficult now to buy anything that doesn’t coordinate in some way with the finished rooms, it would be too jarring. But it also feels a little strange to choose art based only on the design of our house! I don’t know, I debate this all the time.

  8. The chair(N.10)is lovely! Great ideas – whatever you pick will look good :) I’ve always found it interesting to visit such homes. You get to know the home owner better :)

  9. Honestly…that only makes GOOD SENSE….decorators say…”go to your closet…see what colors you lean towards…etc, etc. Why not with art?? I certainly adhere to your train of thought in this design department. LUV the piece and what your room looks like AROUND it…franki

  10. I did exactly that for the foyer in our new home. I absolutely loved the oversized show stopping art that i had in my last home. It wasnt going to work in my new foyer, because of the high wainscot and shelf moldings etc. Whats a girl too? You guessed, rip out part of the molding and make room for my beloved art. Everyone told me I was crazy, until it was done. Great article, it’s so hard to find something that you love and that makes you so damn happy every time you look at it. I say, style a room around it, if you are lucky enough to find a material object that brings you great joy.

    Thank you for a wonderful post! love the way you look at things, Erin!

  11. Great Post! I totally agree that if you love a piece buy it & make it work in the space. We have a large art collection & I feel that this is the element that really ties a space together & makes it feel complete.

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