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Style Files: Great Design It’s Always The Art

09.26.13 By //
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This post created in partnership with Saatchi Online, all musings and ramblings are 100% my own.

When you are faced with great design it isn’t always easy to put your finger on exactly what makes a space feel amazing, but one thing is certain…. when it comes to the winning formula, a major factor is always the art. Always. In fact if it were up to me, I would perhaps weight the art factor higher than many other features of a room. In truth, a room might start out as being marginal at best, but when you add that amazing piece of art, suddenly marginal becomes out of this world and a room will sing to you in ways it never would have otherwise. The art sets the tone for the space and makes a statement about who you are as an individual. It’s hard to deny what your choice in art says about you, it’s the writing on the wall, so to speak. It’s without doubt the make or break of your space… so finding those pieces that you are willing to let define you, at least for that moment in time that they live with you, is often quite often the most difficult aspect of decorating your home. Not to mention the sheer number of choices. It’s enough to make your head spin.

Are you a bold graphic type of person? Or maybe you are abstract and colorful? What about the absence of ‘art’ or art that you can create on a whim? Perhaps you are more down to earth and like it real in the form of photography… or might you like it all, combined in a fabulous gallery wall?

One thing I can say for certain is that your space will feel unique if you have unique artwork or a unique arrangement of art. Buying original works is always an exciting and wonderful way to accomplish this, but it might not be the most affordable option for you, depending on what you like and how main stream it is. There are so many amazing sites out there that connect you with the artists directly and allow you to buy real pieces from them, in addition to prints. Never before has great art been so accessible. Don’t skimp on this step. And by skimp I don’t mean you need to spend a fortune… buy a print instead of the real deal if it fits your budget, or make your own…but don’t drop the ball on this aspect of design. It’s crucial…

The one thing every single one of these spaces has in common is the amazing artwork that takes the overall design up a notch or 5. I think a recurring series on found art might be a fun way to share some new ideas and sources with you guys. I will explore this idea a bit more… I am currently loving the community collections available at It’s fabulous to see the the pieces the guest curators put together and I love that for many of the pieces you have the option to buy the original or a print. Let’s face it, this brings art to a state that is affordable for most of us mere mortals.

I always love some vintage pieces thrown into the mix, that much is obvious given my penchant for vintage art purchases… but I love such a wide range of pieces that it’s hard to put my finger on precisely how I want to be defined. Seems like my love of art is subject to change like the wind, but I always love a good bold graphic and an abstract piece… always! This one is a current fave on mine and I love that it’s affordable.

What about you? What do you love? Do you change your mind all the time or is your preference for art more tried and true?

This post created in partnership with Saatchi Online, all musings and ramblings are 100% my own.

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