(Wall) Art Is In The Air

A bone to pick (!) between laundry, kids, headache, dentist, husband, book illustration mock ups and business calls.

Although not an interior designer by profession, I spend a generous amount of time oohing and ahhing over beautifully styled spaces and it bothers me immensely to notice that oftentimes art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, if it gets dealt with at all. As an artist I find that by relegating art to the side lines, decorators are missing out on an amazing design opportunity. In my mind, wall art is most important when it comes to interior design. This is because when used properly, the art pieces can provide not only an excellent framework around which one should be able to plan the rest of the room but most importantly, the wall hangings can open up new possibilities for introspection, relaxation and meditation. Imagine your favorite artwork hanging above the mantle of the fireplace or standing proudly in your master bedroom. Imagine a creative gallery wall which can easily spice up a more traditional dining area. Imagine your home office with a beautiful painting that reflects you as a person. After all, it is at home that your real story takes place.

Call me crazy, but at times I cannot resist the siren call to jump on the chance to virtually add my artworks to a living room that catches my fancy, or a bedroom in dire need of a spot of color. At other times, I (virtually) make myself at home at someone's else dinning room unable to choose between colorful abstract art prints that add a sense of movement to the classical lines of the room or black-and-white monochromatic prints to emphasize further the elegant sophistication that comes in dwelling amidst such perfect gray walls.

Just so no one accuses me of neglecting my own home in favor of greener pastures, I am happy to report that I have turned our just-big-enough condo into a luxurious, intimate, light, welcoming, embracing space by adding art pieces throughout the house. The mood achieved is palpable even to my young children.

Serendipitously, I overheard them talking to each-other:

Sebastian (7.5 y.o): mom has made our house look like a Hollywood house
Amelia (6 y.o): no, it looks like Paradise
Sebastian: no silly, Hollywood is better
Amelia: but gjyshi (grandpa) is in Heaven
Sebastian: you’re right sis

So, yeah, the court is out on whether houses in Hollywood or Paradise are better, but at least we can all agree that wall art is that finishing element that can help pull a space together and make it feel complete. It is that little extra touch that can take your space from simply looking functional to appearing as if it should grace the pages of an interior design magazine.