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Defining Expansion I
©Wendy Froshay

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     ... Written by Tien Frogget

Our last article explained why you want to design a room concept around a piece of art that is meaningful to the client, rather than the other way around. We had some people asking us if we could give an example or two.  So we’ve taken a few different pieces of our favorite art and come up with some fun ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Defining Expansion III
©Wendy Froshay

  Organic, Warm, Earthy

   Let’s start with

  “Defining Expansion #1 & #3”  by Wendy Froshay.

  These gorgeous organic abstracts are just the right

  combination of soft shapes and texture for an earthy abode with an exotic splash

  of color.


I would begin with a light, airy room with cream walls and tan carpet or warm wood floors, depending on your preference. Choose simple, elegant furniture and accessories in creams, tans, rust, copper, and warm brown. Then add carefully selected accents in vivid turquoise, dark brown or black, and indigo. You’ll want to go for a clean yet homey feel with natural and earthy or possibly ethnic touches, giving the room a peaceful ambience with rich and passionate undertones.

Art as the Focal Point

The Golden Key ©Emelina Figueroa
Now let’s take a look at “The Golden Key” by Emelina Figueroa.  This is a beautiful piece with bold colors and repetitive shapes that would make a stunning focal point in a living room or bedroom.

I would begin with a foundation of light tans and creams with lots of gold and dark brown.  Then I would add large splashes of deep maroon embellished with more gold and dark purple-indigo.  I would definitely try to bring the texture of this painting into the feel of the room, if I could, through use of both rough rock and smooth stone (possibly dark marble,) as well as implementing the woven theme. Depending on the client’s tastes, a classic water feature with clean lines would also fit nicely. This particular piece of art works well with a combination of both straight edges and smooth, perfect curves.

The possibilities are endless! The only limit is your imagination. This is simply meant to give you a few ideas of how art can be the best place to start when designing any interior. And the beautiful thing is, there are so many different directions you can go from the same piece.

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