Modern Interior Design- Contemporary Art

You may be redesigning a room, or perhaps you’ve just moved into a new place. Maybe you just feel the need for a face lift to up date your home to the year 2011. In any case, if you are in the process of decorating a room, you may ask yourself, “Why spend money on artwork? Can I afford it? Does artwork make that much of an impact on the design?”.

The addition of art work can pull a whole design scheme together . It’s the icing on the cake. It’s like having your shoes match your outfit. With out the art work, a room just doesn’t look finished . There are  lots of reasons why you should give some thought to finding the right piece of art. Here are a few more;

Your choice of art really does “make the room”.

It will inject your personality into the interior design.

Art work becomes the focal point for the whole room.

Choosing a fantastic piece of art work will give your home a unique individual touch.

It can be the inspiration for the room’s color palette, creating a unified pulled together look.

And guess what? It is a lot more affordable than you would think. Check out etsy, loads of talented artists with very affordable work. Fiber art too-still available at great prices.

In discussing contemporary art you may ask, “Is it just for modern design?”

Naturally modern art is most chosen for use with the sophisticated urban feel of contemporary design. The clean lines and neutral color palate benefit from the injection of bold color, the punctuation marks of the room, as it were.

The attention grabbing design and color of modern art can be used to good effect with Eclectic style as well.

It can also serve as a bridge in a room with a mixture of traditional and modern elements.

This post focuses in particular on the role contemporary art plays in a modern interior design theme.

Contemporary homes are characterized by their cool, muted color palettes, featuring a lot of whites, creams, and some darker shades of brown & taupe. This color scheme needn’t be boring: a piece of vibrant art work adds a splash of color to  white walls. Add small punches of color from pillows, rugs, throws. These ” punctuation marks” add interest to what could otherwise be a plain looking room.

The example below shows the impact of a pop of color in the neutral palette. It quite literally “makes” the room.

The pop of yellow add the punctuation to the neutral palette

Some additional points:
✓People who like modern design tend to spend  money on a few unique pieces rather than spending money on many smaller items.

✓A great design strategy is to choose a piece of art work that you love and build your decorating scheme around that art work. Choose colors that compliment it. Pull your room colors from the artwork itself.

✓A well placed piece of art work  in a prominent place, the center of a wall or over the fireplace, becomes the room’s focal point.

✓Surfaces in  modern interior design are clear and uncluttered. Compliment that look with few items sitting on nearby tables,  a few well chosen pieces of art in striking colors will have the most impact against the clean walls and smooth lines of the modern design.

2 replies

  1. The photo you’ve chosen is a great example of how a piece of modern art, if well-chosen, can add an air of life and rebelliousness to an otherwise conventionally-organized room. Who is the painting by, if I may inquire?

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    • I don’t know to tell you the truth, it was a photo I purchased rights to use and they didn’t mention the artist. I was looking for a photo which demonstrated the impact a well chosen piece of art art have on a neutral room.

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