This month, Design 101 is all about Art. So when one of our readers wrote in about an art dilemma, we had to share!
ED wanted to incorporate art into her rental apartment, but she wasn't sure how. She also had a dilemma with color – the existing space is dark and muted. ED is energetic, outgoing, and hip, so why shouldn’t her apartment be too?
Below are images of her existing space
Where to start? ED has two pieces of art that she adores, so we think they make the perfect launching point!
ED has spent most of her life on one coast or another, so she is drawn towards coastal landscapes. Our goal was to develop her décor to support her love of the sea and enhance the artwork.
We started by finding inspiration images.
We like the way this space balances a loft look, similar to ED’s apartment, with natural elements.
This space also incorporates natural elements, and we are drawn towards the ocean blues. The pop of yellow as an accent color is a cheery contrast.
Through color and light, we could enhance the space by adding visual interest and brightness. Better yet, we could use those elements to let ED’s artwork, and her personality, shine.
Below are our finds!
The dining area is one of the first things you see when you walk into the space, and it is very dark. We suggest adding a nautically inspired centerpiece, like this resin coral sculpture. Lumbar pillows, in a soft blue, on the dining chairs will also make the space more inviting. They'll also add a little cushion for late night entertaining!
Keep dining accessories handy by adding glass candle votives to the bookshelves sitting adjacent to the dining table. The glass will reflect light, offering a little sparkle to the dark shelves. Colorful frames also offer a nice pop of color in a dark space.
Pillows are a terrific way to breathe a little life into a dark brown corduroy sofa. The light blue reflects the artwork, while the navy blue bridges the art with the existing rug. A pop of bright yellow adds a bit of unexpected personality.
We suggest swapping the existing floor lamp out for a celadon table lamp. This will clear up floor space while also adding a soft color that is reflective of the artwork. Swapping out the existing urban coffee table for a carved wood coffee table from Jaipur adds a tropical coastal feel.
A row of simple mirrors above the kitchen pass-thru will bounce light to that side of the room.
Don't forget the dog! ED loves this dog centered sentiment. As a wall decal, this will be easy to remove when the lease is up. We suggest going with a color already in the space - green or blue.
In an apartment, a dog bed can feel like another piece of furniture. Why not play it up with a custom dog bed to match your decor?
When we create photo collages, we often use white mats and white frames to let the photographs speak for themselves.
Hope this helps, ED! Thanks for reaching out!