Unexpected places to put art

Here is a selection of pictures to give ideas on where to install your art in places you didn’t think of. You can also play with the definition of art to do this; for instance an object of design that is both a piece of art and a useful piece of furniture. The good thing is that you could go for more personal art when it comes to more personal spaces; such as a very girly painting or fashion photography in a woman’s closet.

 

In the closet  

 

Hiding a wall bed

 

In the garden

lynn chadwick Three Elektras by Lynn Chadwick – source: http://www.pbase.com/image/128850381

 

In the bathroom

bathroom-art .pngPhoto by Patrick Cline for Lonny – Source: http://cupofjo.com/2010/08/bathroom-art/

 

In the kitchen – A print on the fridge and a painting instead of a backsplash

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Art or Bar?

FullSizeRender     Fiat 500 bar by Smeg

 

Huge Old Master painting in the kitchen

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In the laundry room

 

Above an entrance

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By the pool (Indoor) – Karl Lagerfeld photographies and created a constellation of lights on the bottom of a pool at Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo in Monaco

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source: Architectural Digest

 

Inside a pool – Pablo Picasso in a pool in Marbella, Spain

Picasso pool.jpgsource: Architectural Digest

 

Street art in the bathroom

Street art in the bathroom.jpgsource:http://www.ideasforinterior.com/pop-art-style-in-bathroom-design/

 

By the pool (Outdoor) – An Alexander Calder piece at the hotel Colombe d’Or, in Saint-Paul de Vence, France.

Calder by the POOLsource: Architectural digest

Trend forecast 2016

 

Pastel bathroom
Credit photo: House and Garden, UK (http://www.houseandgarden.co.uk/interiors/wall-paint/sugary-pastels?next#ViewImage)

1/ Pastels
Since the colour of the year is Pantone Rose pink 13-1520;  a wave a pastel colours popped out in the decoration sphere. We see them in dinnerware collections, cookware, paint, curtains, bedding etc… I think the most surprising use of pastels I saw was by Bluestar appliances; you can customize your stoves and other appliances in the colour you like or even just the buttons; if you’d rather to go softer on the trend. Personally, I love these refreshing and tender colours. They instantly add softness and romanticism to a room. If used subtly, it should not look to girly or childish; if that is your concern. Of course, they will add colour and softness to any baby room, where it is also easier to make bold colour choices; pink armchair anyone?

 

2/ Hotel-like styled bedrooms
If your space allows it;  try adding a small table and chairs or an armchair in the bedroom, it makes for a cosier and sophisticated space. Again, if the space allows it you can also add a vanity table or a chaise lounge. A small tray on the table with a glass carafe and two nice matching glasses and flowers on the nightstands.

 

3/ Scandinavian furniture

In terms of interior design, Scandinavian have always been very innovative. They manage to create sleek, contemporary and sophisticated pieces. With their straight, light and angular lines, they add modernism and avant-garde to a space or unclutter an otherwise overwhelming room by just switching one or few items. Think pairing a velour chesterfield-like sofa with scandinavian style armchairs . So far, I have been a bit reluctant to use Scandinavian furniture; first they are not always affordable, but it also gave a “cold” look that I wasn’t really fond of; however, the new designs have a little more depths, volume and colour, which add warmth to the design and can be paired with different styles!

 
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4/ Stylish appliances
After going to various design shows, I really felt like my kitchen was boring (although  it has brand new stainless steel appliances). I realized then, that now, more than ever before, kitchen appliances should be part of the decoration process. There are so much options to choose from; colourful ones, matte, white, black, vintage , contemporary etc… Details should be carefully picked, the buttons, the burners, the handles. This year at the various shows I went to I did see very colourful appliances, and a lot of black stainless steel ones; which is a good option if you want a change from the common silver. Personally, I’ve always had a crush for a French brand, La Cornue; the style is definitely different but it is definitely state of the art appliances.

5/ Mixed materials and patterns in the kitchen
Still in the kitchen department; I saw more and more surprising decor ideas for the kitchen. Mirrors, books, persian rugs, works of art, eclectic floors and backsplashes.  While I may not follow all the above trends, for personal taste, I look forward to incorporating some of these ideas in my future projects; a still life in the kitchen or a mirror, carefully selected books, and why not use two or more different materials or patterns.

 

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6/ Bathroom with a boudoir
As for the bedroom, we take the bathroom the next level of grandeur and  comfort by adding a boudoir like area. Again the space has to allow it, but if you have a big bathroom, then try adding a chaise lounge, an ottoman or armchairs, plants and flowers, lamps, art, anything that will make your bathroom feel like your own little peaceful sanctuary away from the craziness.

 

7/ Hide your TVs
Whether you’d rather use the space for something else, like a work of art or a mirror; or  because you just don’t like having a black empty screen in your room; hiding your tv has never been so easy and stylish. So many makers and retailers offer sophisticated tv storage solutions. In the picture above I found on Houzz.com, we can see a stunning woodwork by Belak Woodworking LLC.; who would think this gorgeous buffet hides a tv?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 tips to instantly brighten up a space

 

1/ Less is more

I don’t know if it’s because i’m French that I value simplicity so much but it really bothers me when there are too many things everywhere. When there are too many pillows and blankets on a bed, too much decor accessories on a buffet or a shelf, too many appliances on a countertop, too many accent walls… you get the idea, right? Indeed, too much often equals too stuffy, borderline messy and outdated; and to be frank can even be stressful! Have you ever noticed how peaceful, an uncluttered room is ? At least that is how it makes me feel. As much as I value cosiness and colour, I strongly believe that less decor is more sophisticated. So start storing away BUT do not throw away, just keep swapping your items so you can “renew” your room every time you feel like it.

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Credit photo: Fresh Photo House via Houzz.com (http://www.houzz.com/photos/20965032/Dining-In-contemporary-kitchen-london)

2/ White paint BUT not white everything

Obviously, painting your walls in white instantly give this clean and ethereal feel to a room. I recently read somewhere that one shouldn’t paint the ceiling in flat white because it has some gray in it and it will darken the space and instead use a creamier shade. While it is true in some instances, I do believe that a flat white ceiling is one way to go, especially if you have greyish walls; indeed a cream ceiling might come out yellowish… I would also consider choosing a slightly shiny finish if your room has poor natural light, so it will reflect the light onto the room. If you have white walls, make sure the ceiling either matches the colour of the other walls or a shade lighter. Having said that, I also love an all white space, it looks fresh and modern; but if there is not even the slightest touch of colour, it can be boring and cold. Finally, if colour is really not your thing, try to add some metallics or use different shades of neutral; I am personally really into adding gold and copper to white spaces

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Photo Credit: Restoration Hardware, Inc.

         3/ The floor

Do not underestimate the potential those floors have to transform your space.  There are pros and cons to both dark and light floors (please refer to my other article Dark floors VS light floors). But in this case, if you want to brighten up the room and give it a crisp, contemporary or even a casual or shabby chic look, depending on the material; I believe lighter shades are the way to go. Light floors are perfect if you do not have a lot of natural sunlight and they make a room appear larger. Furthermore, in a bathroom, I would strongly advise for light colour floors, the lighter the floor, the cleaner it will look and that’s exactly the feeling you want to have when entering a bathroom. At last but not least, if you do not have the time or budget to change the floor; or simply if you are renting a space; then use rugs, they can make a huge impact on the space. Light colour rugs look great on darker floors and will make a room look more spacious, as well. In any case and  as if I hadn’t said this enough, make sure there are some contrasts with the rest of the apartment (furniture, walls, appliances…);  the last thing you want is a mono-chromatic apartment (Point developed further in paragraph 5).

rebecca-minkoff-1Photo Credit: One Kings Lane/Manuel Rodriguez (Rebecca Minkoff’s apartment).

4/ Use colourful accents

Further to my point above bout adding colour to an all-white room; I believe colour can brighten both the space and the mood; which is rather essential in a living space. As a decorator, I personally like neutrals when it comes to walls, big furniture, countertops etc… But when it comes to adding colours in small touches here and there I am all in! In the picture above, I am totally crazy about those electric blue counter-height chairs; which certainly transforms the room into a brighter and cosier kitchen; still it remains sophisticated! You can also mix and match colours, as long as it remains in subtle touches.

FullSizeRenderPhoto Credit: Leslie B. – Upper West Side Apartment, NY, NY.

5/ Fresh flowers and plants

There is nothing like fresh flowers and plants to freshen up and instantly give a pop of colour to a room. The good thing with flowers is that you can change the atmosphere of the whole room every week as they come in different shapes, sizes, colours; there are truly endless possibilities with flowers and plants. I personally love them either huge to give a dramatic effect or small just to add charm to an area of the room (like the nightstands, coffee tables etc…).