Lighten a traditional setting, deepen a transitional one, establish a palette — abstract art can give more than just modern rooms a boost
I wish I had a dollar for every time I've heard someone say, "Abstract art wouldn't look good in my house." I'd have a lot of dollars. It's a common misconception that abstract art works only with a modern aesthetic. Although it does look great in modern settings, it can light up the most traditional of interiors as well.
One of my objectives in designing a room is to expose clients to things they wouldn't intuitively consider. My experience is that when clients do step outside their comfort zone, they are thrilled with the outcome. Abstract art is a bit outside that zone for many. Here are some tips for incorporating it into your home, if you haven't done so already.
This beautiful abstract piece gives this living room a fresh perspective. It contrasts the traditional elements for a perfect transitional blend. Notice that all the pattern is provided by the art, while the palette is repeated in the textiles.
Abstract art has a great ability to set a mood. For that reason, it is a perfect backdrop for contemplative spaces like bedrooms and sitting rooms.
Abstract art can help establish a palette. Take color cues from your abstract piece by repeating a color in fabrics or lighting.
An abstract piece can cut the heavy ornamentation of traditional pieces in half. By pairing this very traditional rococo console table with abstract art, the table feels fresh and not too old fashioned.
In a more typical application of abstract art, this minimalist setting is brought to life with this sunshine-inspired piece.
Abstract art creates a soft, modern setting when paired with organic forms such as this live-edge wood table.
Black and white abstract art is a favorite of mine paired with a neutral palette. Notice how this piece punctuates the style of this space.
Layer smaller pieces in bedrooms for a calming effect. Try leaning pieces against the wall.
This small abstract piece looks great in a traditional gold frame. The contrasting details blend beautifully.
Abstract art looks great in rooms with incredible views. This view and piece complement each other without competing.
Consider hanging smaller pieces off center. This vignette is a perfect balance of shapes and symmetry.