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Art has the power to transform environments being the element dictating the tone and taste of a space.

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Art is not just a decoration tool. It transforms environments, evokes emotions and tells stories. Art can be an essential element in the creation of a personal room, to reflect the personality of an individual who lives in it. It has the power to give an atmosphere and a tone to a space. It creates a sense of harmony, balance and order. Art has become a pivotal element in the design of an interior, blurring the lines between art, design and architecture. 

One of the most important transformation artworks do in an environment is evoking positive emotions. In the latest years more and more studies have shown the importance of art in therapy, which is also something that can impact an interior. Some of the evidence shows the connection between happiness and creative thinking which leads to people’s belief that arts can promote mental well-being as well as it helps to boost our mental peace. Art is a vehicle for expression and emotions having a huge impact on our mind and body. It has the power to create ambivalence within a space. A well thought painting can evoke feelings of excitement, serenity or contemplation, influencing the mood and atmosphere of a room. For example, an abstract painting can infuse a sense of dynamism inside a room, while a tranquil landscape can foster a sense of calm and relaxation.

Art is also important as a focal point in interior design, it  anchors the visual composition of a room drawing attention to a specific area within the room. A painting can be hung above a table or a statue can be strategically placed in an angle of a room sparking conversation and creating the desired mood. 


Fabiano Parisi, The Empire of Light 10, 2019. Courtesy of The Art People Gallery

An art piece can be instrumental in the definition  of an interior design, defining the style and theme of the design scheme. From eclectic to minimalist, the choice of an artwork can emphasize the desired aesthetic of a space and tie together the elements of a room. For instance, a wooden sculpture piece can dictate the Scandinavian atmosphere of a room and a contemporary artwork can lend a sense of sophistication.

There are many ways in which an interior design can be decorated with art. The space is not limited to paintings and sculptures. It can foster a wide range of mediums, each contributing to set a tone of an interior design. Paintings are always the most simple and easy to allocate mediums. They can set the tone, color palette and theme of the room. Painting can make a powerful statement regarding a space. Sculptures add a three dimensional element to the space. They can vary from small table top pieces to large floor standing sculptures, they can add a point of interest and a dramatic touch to your interior design. Photographs can be another medium to decorate an interior design space, black and white or colored they can tell stories and evoke emotions. They can be doors to stories and different realities, adding depth and intrigue to your room.  Textile art is another element that can add warmth to a room, such as rugs, throws, and tapestries. They are effective in creating coziness and an inviting atmosphere.


Misterpiro, Meanwhile, 2019. Courtesy of Galeria Kreisler.

It is important to choose the perfect piece for each room of your home, each piece having a singular purpose. In the living room, for example, the largest artwork of the house is placed. It acts as a conversation starter, setting the tone of the entire room. The art in a bedroom should evoke calm and relaxation, such as landscapes or abstract paintings with soft colors. The kitchen can show a fun element to reflect your personality or to add a cheerful element into the space. In the bathrooms small moisture- resistant pieces can be added, to give a touch of elegance and singularity.

The influence of art on interior design cannot be overstated. From enhancing aesthetics and creating ambiance to serving as focal points and expressing personal style, art plays a multifaceted role in shaping the look and feel of interior spaces. By harnessing the power of art, designers and homeowners alike can elevate their interiors, transforming them into vibrant, inspiring havens that reflect their unique passions.

Cover image: Bébé babouin à la brindille, 2023. Pascal Poutchnine. Courtesy of Galerie Libre Est L’Art

Written by Asia Artom

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