Framed art pictures can be incorporated into a living room design in a multitude of ways. A bold, bright print that captures the eye can serve as a focal point, with furnishings, colors, and accents all working to complement that piece. Conversely, a landscape painting can provide interest but otherwise be assimilated into the overall theme and design scheme. When it comes to living room decor, wall art can really pick up a room. Here are some tips and ideas on integrating framed art pictures into your living room decor.
Framed Art Pictures as Focal Points
Many people choose to design their living room around a single print or series of art pieces. In this case, the wall art becomes the focal point of the room, and the rest of the room is designed around it. If you choose to go this route, look for a print that's bold and compelling, such as Tony Saladino's Red Cloud II. Here the rich colors and decisive geometric forms of this abstract art print can dominate a room and would work well in a modern, art deco, or contemporary design scheme. Or you might go with a vintage fine art print featuring a brightly colored advertisement from another era, such as Leonetto Cappiello's Parapluie Revel. In this case, choose a more neutral color scheme for the room and then throw in coordinating red and yellow accents to pull the whole look together.
If you want your print to serve as a focal point, pay particular attention to size. After all, a 24 x 36 framed print will be much more likely to catch the eye than an 8 x 10 one. If you've fallen in love with a smaller print, try finding several others that will complement that piece and hang them in a series on a single bare wall. If you go with a larger print, display it on an otherwise empty wall or in another prominent place, such as above the fireplace or sofa.
Other Ideas for Living Room Art
If you want your wall art to blend in with your living room decor rather than dominate it, then you need to take a close look at your decor first before you purchase your wall art. In this case, the framed art picture should serve to accentuate the design scheme and add to the overall feel and look of the room. If your living room is decorated in country-style, then go with a simple but colorful print, such as Jo Moulton's Red Cupboard. Or for a more traditional decor theme, choose a classic landscape like Monet's Chemin Dans Les Bles A Pourville.
A great wall art option that lends an elegant yet subtle feel to a variety of design schemes is black & white photography. For instance, Harold Silverman's Black and White Morning, with its black silhouetted trees and barren landscape, can add interest and balance to a rustic decor. On the other hand, if your living room reflects an Old World style, accenting the theme with sepia celestial charts and maps will round out the look.