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How to Dress Up Your Walls - Part II

Cinque Terre from the Thief and the Knight / The Amalfi Coast by Camrio / Sailing in South of France by Osinni - from Brunelli Designs Inc.

Dressing up your room's walls is a crucial part of interior design; it provides a focal point for all those who enter the room. In a previous blog, I mentioned creating themes as a jumping off point for dressing up your walls. An easy theme to use is travel.  But travel could encompass a wide selection of work so it’s best to narrow it down even further.  If your client, for instance, loved travel and the ocean; then choose artwork with both these themes, creating a strong cohesive group of artwork.

In our example above, we chose art work showing off Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast of Italy, and also from the South of France. Notice how the blues and greens of the pictures bring the grouping together. Below is a grouping of various landscapes.  Besides choosing a common theme, you should also choose artwork with the same intensity of colors.  A bold picture with saturated colors may overwhelm a more delicate picture of pastels.

 Clockwise from top left: Champ d’avoine by Monet / Russian Winter by Barasch, High Sierra by C. Bruder – both from Brunelli Designs Inc. / Path to Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach – by Charles Zoltan - from Stewart Fine Art

Another way to choose a group of artwork is to stick to a similar style of painting.  Above you have artwork with a realistic approach to the landscapes; below shows a more abstracted brushwork.  The artwork below is a series of watercolors by Lisbeth Reed.

Clockwise from top: Dirt Road, Hidden Cupola, Seaside Landscape – all by Lisbeth "Bet" Reed – from Wallbangers

Interested in learning more about accessorizing?  Take a look at New York Institute of Art and Design.  At NYIAD, you will learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.

Reader Comments (21)

This is a nice home improvement ideas. Keep it up!
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAlan Layton
wow...what an beautiful way you decorate the wall. Honestly speaking after reading this blog i felt that there is no need to appoint interior designer i also can do this. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful and uncommentable blog.
August 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRestaurants in Newport
I love the paintings. You have very good taste in art work. There isn't one that i wouldn't be happy to display in my house.
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTop Dressing
I like how you decorate walls. Love it!
September 11, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterangetan
Wow!the painting are looking so attractive.You have very good taste in art work. There isn't one that i wouldn't be happy to display in my house. I like all painting.Thanks a lot.
September 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterplumber manhattan beach
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October 30, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGad subone
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February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDesigner Pixels
Really interesting post thanks! -
February 21, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTotal Linguistics
Wow!the painting are looking so attractive.You have very good taste in art work. There isn't one that i wouldn't be happy to display in my house..Thanks for your information :)
July 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaster138
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November 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDietas para adelgazar
Thanks for sharing outrageous ideas which helps to make walls speak by the art itself...Will surely follow it
November 18, 2014 | Unregistered Commentertait david
Keeping painting on walls is also a good option and it also add meaning to the walls as every painting have its own significance
December 24, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterpresta
its really an great approach to decor walls as per your nature or likes-which express your persona to the outer world.Thanks for your thoughts
December 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSteve lyon
very impressive collection of paintings ,each express a story, the detailing & the colour selection is commendable ,thanks of sharing this article with us.
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May 13, 2015 | Unregistered Commentermatdom
fabulous painting,what a art work head off to artist
May 17, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranke
absolutely gorgeous what a brillant art work , very nice collection of pictures, definitely the house get a new vibrant look after trying them
May 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterwarner

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