Black and white graffiti accents lend a street art-style feel.
Shredded document paper framed in plexiglass by artists Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins complements the MDF Italia dining table. The graffiti fabric by Charles de Castelbajac on the chair backs echoes the artwork. The Louis XVI console was painted bl
Artful details lend a sophisticated vibe.
A dining table with legs that resemble molten metal branches was conceived of by designer and homeowner Jeffrey Douglas and designer Rob Zinn of BlankBlank. A trio of framed photographs by Veronica Bailey, a giant painting by Anne O'Callaghan and a
A black and white palette never goes out of style.
Initially an impulse buy, designer Sloan Mauran calls this stylized ram's-head dining table her greatest find. The legs of the table are echoed in the design of the black and white painting behind it. The table, comfortable vintage velvet Z chairs
A large photograph makes a dramatic impact.
This homeowner mixed antique caned chairs with a bench to make the dining room feel eclectic and fun. The large photograph is by a friend of the owner, Daniel Shipp, and lends the room a dramatic focal point. A red pendant lamp adds a pop of colour.
Kate Horsman creates a beachside mood in her condo.
The fashion stylist and Bullet with Butterfly Wings blogger was inspired by her passion for surfing when it came to decorating her coastal home. A soft palette of whites
An abstract painting picks up on red accents in this living room.
Homeowner Columba Fuller peppered her loft with her signature colour, red. A graphic painting by David Urban provides modern contrast to an antique daybed, side tables and vase. The artwork's red, black and white palette tie in with the loft's
Pink accents on a white backdrop.
J.Crew knitwear designer Olympia Bermann created a feminine, sunwashed look in her NoLita walk-up. A cotton candy-pink painting hangs above the sofa, and matches one of the small framed pieces of art propped up on the floor. An antique chair and charco
Oversized art adds a surprising element.
When everything in a space is of expected scale, relative to human proportions and perception, the result is comfortable but predictable. Introduce pieces that break from that norm to showcase a single item or spark conversation. In this small room, large artwork provides big impact without taking up precious floor space.
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A pink painting sets the tone for this soft, feminine space.
A Chinoiserie painting using pastel colours complements the decor in the rest of the room. Exotic botanical pillows, mint vases, gold accents and fresh tulips round out the room's light, airy vibe.
Framed art in varying sizes lends a casual feel.
Use every available inch of wall space by hanging artwork from baseboard to crown moulding and around a doorway. This collection is varied in subject matter, size and framing, but it looks cohesive thanks to a colour palette — warm neutrals punctuated
A wall of mirrors visually expands this industrial loft living room.
"Artist, stylist and designer Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo of ABCD Design created this huge dramatic wall in her former NYC loft with black paint and 48 rectangular mirrors," explains Kim Johnson, co-author of the popular Desire to Inspire blog. "Mirrors work magic to make spaces look larger by reflecting the space. With huge artwork already taking up the other wall, this was a brilliant idea to dress up a large blank canvas."
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Accents in sorbet colours create a space as pretty as a painting.
Colourful paintings hung in modern white frames are an easy way to embrace the watercolour trend. Luscious hues like rose, ochre, violet, turquoise and cobalt create a broad palette that pops against white walls. Let the artwork set the tone when selec
This painting adds punch to a black and white room.
Vibrant, cobalt blue brush strokes anchor the room and provide a modern contrast to the white antique dresser. The piece plays off a black accent wall and contemporary accessories for an eclectic look.
A major overhaul resulted in a dramatic transformation.
The pièce de résistance in this bathroom reno is a hand-painted silver and gold-leafed cherry blossom mural by Peter Costello. The sculptural freestanding tub is filled by a floor-mounted brass faucet in a warm gold tone.