With the holidays quickly approaching and guests on their way, here are a few ideas for wall art (one suggestion for every room in a house) based on how I would decorate my theoretical house. Hope this gives you a jumping off point and inspires you to find something exactly right for you and your walls.
Entryway/Hall – L’Empire des Lumieres by Rene Magritte
Living Room – Golden Crown by L. Diane Johnson
Library – Day Sail by Tom Sachse
Dining Room – Farmstead by Bim Jones
Family Room – The Blues Cafe by Gordon Powles
Kitchen – Ben’s Chilli Bowl by Maggie O’Neill
Bar Area – Margarita Sunset by Diana Madaras
Home Office – Southwold Lighthouse by Gordon Powles
Top of Staircase – Aros Art Museum by Asbjorn Lonvig
Upstairs Hallway – Walk in Sabino by Diana Madaras
Master Bedroom – Island Farmhouse, 1969 by Fairfield Porter
Guest Bedroom – Saint-Tropez House on Beach by Gordon Powles
Craft Room – Spinning Wheel by Bim Jones
Of course, this is just my style. I am sincere when I say that when I have an actual house and get to decorate it, THESE PAINTINGS are the ones I want to purchase to admire every day (plus those I already own).
To search for your own favourite pieces, check out these links:
For California scenery, check out Kevin Milligan‘s Coastside Gallery.
For Washington, D.C. artwork, look at Maggie O’Neill‘s paintings.
For an eclectic original paintings (we own three), visit Bim Jones‘s gallery.
To brighten up a space with vibrant colors and in-your-face subjects, you must check out Eoin O’Connor’s paintings and prints. Typical Irish moments and scenes with a splash of extra color.
If you are into Southwest U.S.A., definitely look at the work of Diana Madaras.
Art.com and ArtistRising.com, both are related and offer art prints as well as framing. ArtistRising especially is a treasure trove of contemporary artists and lesser known pieces. This is great if you want to express your taste and style, not just what posters are available widely and readily.
If you march to the beat of your own drummer (and Fender), visit GigPosters.com.
My own photography and prints of my paintings are available too! Here are the links to check out the current options (I’m adding more each month):
Choose art based on what you like and admire, not what’s famous or popular, to make your house a home. I’ll admit that though I love Monet’s work inspired by Giverny, looking at a print of it reminds me of college dorms and hospital rooms. Very soothing, but too much of a good thing. Of course, seeing an original is different because of the brush strokes, but I won’t get started on that.
What piece of artwork would you want in your home?