Arstspiration: Sometimes the sheer number of decorating directions can be overwhelming. You’re a fan of a nautical stripe but equally adore a pop of neon. You coo over charcoals but go gaga for gold. So, which way wins? And, ultimately, what goes with what? It’s all too easy to be distracted by the range of styles available and end up losing sight of your original vision because of a multitude of disorientated decorating decisions.
Whilst I am personally a big fan of the eclectic look, if that’s not what gets your pulse racing, you might end up feeling that you have failed to achieve the specific style you set out to nail.
To avoid getting thrown off course, look to the art world for inspiration. Choose an artist that makes your heart sing and pledge allegiance to their artistic prowess.
Theme: Earth Tones
ARTspiration: Egon Schiele – Gerti Schiele in a Plaid Garment, 1909
“I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.”
The earthy palette favoured by Austrian expressionist painter, Egon Schiele, creates a rich and contemporary scheme that oozes with autumnal vibrancy. Washes of neutral earth tones layered upon one another add interest and depth, and the presence of natural materials combined with steel wirework keeps things fresh.
Work with three earth tones: keep stone and ochre as the tonal foundation but include a contrasting jolt of pigment such as leaf green to break things up
Choose wirework furniture and accessories to reference the sketchy quality of Schiele’s work
Layer furs and hides to add texture and contrast
Prop varying sizes of framed artwork against each other – think haphazard art studio! Who says art needs to be hung?
Introduce a mix of monochrome plaid patterns and grayscale textiles
Hang filament bulb lighting from suspended branches for an original timber twist
One of the factors we look at when working with clients regarding Artspiration or colour palettes is offering all of our products in a colour match system where we will create bespoke pieces of work or take an original print or artwork and adapt it to our clients needs. The results can be amazing!
Nail the look
Colours: Stone, ochre, chocolate brown and leaf green
ARTspiration: Paul Klee – Du Gris de la Nuit Surgit Soudain, 1918
“Colour and I have become one” Paul Klee
The abstract patchwork of jewel colours within Paul Klee’s work presents a symphony of decorating inspiration. By mixing a rich and expressive palette made up of yellows, blues and reds, the vibrancy of North Africa is evoked.
Klee famously declared that art is “taking a walk with a line”. Try taking the same curious approach to decorating and you’ll find that your room will evolve organically resulting in more depth and a palpable soul.
Don’t be afraid to mix several strong colours. Colours must appear three times or more to look intentional so don’t just go with a safe/non-committal ‘pop’ of colour – it will fade into insignificance unless the ‘rule of three’ is applied
Remember the UK’s cold-toned natural daylight will give a cooler output than in sunnier climes. Strategically use a combination of ambient, task and accent lighting to lift and enhance the jewel colour scheme
Bear in mind that the lower a bulb’s Kelvin number (between 2700K to 3000K), the more yellow and warm the light will be
Use fabrics that are opulent and heavy, such as velvet (one of 2014’s key interior design trends) in jewel colours
Try to resist the urge to buy everything all at once; no matter how desperate you are to tick another room off your list, the space will visibly thank you for being patient. As Klee did, allow your creative line to ‘take a walk’
Collect unusual items on foreign travels or pick up pieces at car boot sales and flea markets. Look out for woven rugs, patterned throws, embossed leather items, straw baskets, and decorative boxes that will give a global charm to your room
Avoid an overly themed effect by interspersing the Moorish scheme with graphical art framed in simple black frames. Prints that contain typography will bring an eclectic and modern update to your room