Nothing in our homes is quite so telling and so personal as the art we select and display. Through our home decor, we express ourselves and bring to light those aspects of our personalities that we want others to know. Art can say a lot about us, helping to express our opinions and convey a feeling and overall intention for our space.
Some of us take great pride in selecting art for our homes, offices, and creative spaces, while others struggle to find just the right pieces that feel “just right”. We look to artists, interior designers, and other professionals with an eye for artistic beauty, asking them to help create a look that is unique and special to us.
If you are in the market for some additional artistic flair, consider these up and coming trends for 2020 and beyond; now that we are enjoying our indoor living spaces a bit more, there is a need to surround ourselves with beauty. Check out these tips and trends to add spice to your life:
1. Line art
This type of art is inspired by artists such as Matisse and Picasso; it uses the power of negative space to make a big impression with simple black lines on a white background. Works of art can be minimalist, modern, or classic, and it is up to you—the beholder—-to decide which one will fit seamlessly into your decorating plan.
2. Female figure art
We have recently become re-obsessed with the female figure, and it is working well in the art world. Artists look to females to tell stories of triumph, empowerment, and strength that is also beautiful to behold. The end result is a soft yet strong beauty that conveys the message of perseverance over adversity.
3. The statement portrait
Often placed in a home where the meaning of a piece cannot be ignored or denied, the statement portrait conveys strong emotion and character that speaks for itself. Strong, fearless faces penetrate your very soul as they communicate a silent yet very loud message, and they are hard to tear your eyes from.
Artistic expression does not have to make sense to everyone; that’s what makes personal interpretation of it so important. Bold, abstract art makes use of strong shapes, vivid colors and negative space to create a powerful, sensual look. Dramatic, street-art inspired shapes, geometric blends, and soft feminine strokes convey meaning that is left up to the beholder, and it’s fascinating to share musings with others around you who may have a different association altogether.
5. Retro design
Art inspired by days gone by is very popular these days; many artists pay homage to throwback designs on signs, business walls, and even iconic posters, recreating a look and bringing a nostalgic feel into any room in which they hang.
A chaotic blend of media, materials, and textures make up some of our most interesting pieces of art—-the collage. A collage is an organic collection that is flexible, expressive, and quite imperfect, yet beautiful in and of itself.
7. Creative photography
Nothing quite catches the eye and stirs the soul like some kickin’ photography. Whether you choose to go black and white to strip away all presumption and reveal inner beauty, or you want to evoke stronger emotion with philosophical and surreal subjects, the sky is the limit with respect to how creative you can get in this medium.
Botanicals just haven’t stopped “growing” since they gained popularity a few years back; a stunning artistic display can be captured with a painting, a photograph, or even a live arrangement that stimulates all the senses. Get creative with color, and watch your whole room change and bend to your artistic whim.
9. Engaging art
Of course, there is art that caters to those of us who are unapologetic with respect to expressing our personal opinions—-and thrusting them on others. You know these pieces; they are the “in your face”, hard to ignore postings and pieces scattered throughout your most liberal girlfriends room, taunting you and waiting for an engaging response. Hence, the name.
10. Print trends
There is something to be said about simple designs that are largely text with a few enhancements. They convey a simple yet direct message, and they set the tone for what you think, feel, and believe in your home and beyond.
What are your preferences? Flex that creative muscle!
You have a very unique and special opportunity to express yourself and draw others in to your personal space, connecting them with who you truly are. Art as a medium of expression for what lies in your soul is a wonderful way of forming and strengthening relationships with others. How creative will you be?