Art is such a major part of interior design and can be the focal point of the home. From brightening up a room and creating warmth to adding a touch of fun to a bland area, it has the power to transform any living space. We have explored the Irish art scene and come up with some ideas and inspiration for different rooms in the home.
Everyone’s interior style and taste is different so this guide acts as a platform to inspire budding designers, as well as people who simply want to brighten up their home or add a touch of elegance to a room.
Adding warmth to a room
Our moods can be affected by the seasons, the weather and of course, by colour. By adding some warm, sun-inspired artwork into a dull room, you can bring the area to life and warm it right up. Using yellows, oranges, pinks and reds can create a happy and optimistic atmosphere in a room, and is a particularly effective method when making a room a bit cosier or getting ready for winter.
This is a great idea for a snug or living room where you can relax in the evenings. And, of course, the colour will compliment an open fire.
Get inspired in the kitchen
Often thought of as the heart of the home, many people find themselves in the kitchen more than anywhere else, so it’s important to make it a comfortable and attractive place to be. You can also use your kitchen artwork as inspiration for cooking by choosing work that depicts fresh food and wholesome ingredients.
Here are some ideas of artwork for the kitchen which include deep, earthy tones and fresh, healthy food.
A nature-inspired haven
It’s important to make your bedroom a relaxing haven where you can leave the rest of the world behind. The warmth-inspired paintings earlier on could be your idea of a haven, or earthy tones and colours like maroon or brown. Again this is all about individual taste, and we have chosen a more nature-inspired theme, which, for some people, might create the ideal setting for tranquillity and relaxation.
These natural landscape artworks use both cool and warm colours and might inspire you to move away from the cliché of a romantic, red-themed bedroom haven.
Adding fun to the children’s room
Here is a place to have some fun! Crazy colours and exciting paintings are the perfect fit for any playroom or rumpus room, and there are plenty of options from Irish artists. Generally anything bright and colourful will be a hit, and the more exciting the art, the more likely it is to inspire the children’s creativity!
Here are some that stood out to us.
Be bold with colours
If you have designed a contemporary, sleek room with whites and blacks, then it is the perfect opportunity to add art as a focal point. This is a great option for a home office or modern reception room, and requires a little bravery. Don’t look for grey scale artwork to blend in with the interiors in the room; add bold, abstract paintings with bright colours instead.
You can choose a theme and feature three paintings with the same colour – maybe a bright red or purple, or you can choose three paintings with starkly different colours like the three below to really liven up the room. It will add a bold, sophisticated look, as long as you don’t go overboard. Three well-spaced paintings should work well depending on the size of the room.
Another point to consider when making art the focal point of a room, is lighting. Have a look before you drill into your wall at where the natural light is coming in from. Or, you can create some great artificial light to really highlight the artwork.
Remember, when choosing art, be true to yourself. That is the best way to find pieces that will suit your home, make you feel comfortable and relaxed in it, and help you create beautiful and individual interiors.
For more inspiration, browse our library of Irish art currently for sale here.