Art & Decor Trends

Let your home choose its art

1. Traditional

A welcoming elegant home inspired by the past. You probably love antique furnishings, floral prints, and rich wood tones balancing light neutral colors. The essentials are order, symmetry, and freshness to avoid an outdated feel. Lord Frederic Leighton, Rembrandt, or Bouguereau are three examples of artists that will give it the ultimate refinement. categories: Traditional, Classical, Romanticism, Impressionism, Symbolist

2. Rustic

Your home has an honest cozy feel to it. You probably love reusing wire baskets and wooden crates over rough textiles, patchwork, and earth tones. The point of perfection lies between the loose and lush feel of nature and an ever so slight touch of industrial style rawness – balancing the organic forms with sleek surfaces. Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Alfred Maurer are great starting points to complement your decoration. categories: Rustic, Country Landscapes, Post-impressionist

3. Modern

You love the mid-century looks balancing bold and elegant; retro and futuristic. Your house contrasts sleek forms, pop art, and statement objects in the midst of simple surroundings. The perfect Modern pairs neutral and saturated tones; bold geometric patterns or sensuous curves with classic midcentury objects. Besides Pop Art, you can explore other modern styles starting with Edward Hopper and Gustav Klimt. categories: Pop Art, AbstractModern, Fauvism

4. Hollywood Regency

You love glamour, glitz, and sophistication. Your house has a theatrical feel to it, with plenty neoclassical and art deco. You love chaise longues and chandeliers; bold wallpapers and contrasty colors. To get the perfect dramatic feel, chose rich fabrics like velvet or suede, play with mirrors, add touches of exotic and avant-garde avoiding mass-produced pieces. Your artistic search starts with Henri Rousseau, Rennie Mackintosh, or Franz Marc. categories: Art Deco, Modern, Neoclassical

5. Contemporary

Whilst Modern style is related to the early 20th-century design movement, Contemporary is about modern design. Simplicity, functional open spaces filled with sophisticated neutrals, high-impact furniture, and minimal accessories. To complement perfectly Alex Bertaina and Jeffrey F. Pierson are a good start. And if you feel adventurous explore Artists Be, with over 2500 contemporary artists – from Abstract to Conceptual Art. categories: AbstractContemporary, Surrealism

6. Cottage

Your home is relaxed, light, and comfy. You prefer gentle and matte palettes over shiny surfaces; wildflowers to exquisite bouquets; flea markets over fancy boutiques. You look for floaty fabrics, vintage touches, and a bit of the shabby chic feel. To get the perfect Cottage style, combine old-style floors and doors with rustic materials, light colors, and just enough floral prints. You may like to take a look at Claude Monet, Pierre Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas for an extra touch of love on your walls. categories: Floral, Country Landscapes, Romantic, Romanticism

7. Coastal

Your house has something of the French Riviera. Fresh, white, boldly striped, and with a touch of nautical feel and coastal art. You love traditional furniture, sisal rugs, wood panels, and of course, a sea view. To make the most of it, use light neutrals and break them with deep blue, seashells, and bright coral pieces. Justyna Kopania, William Bradford, and Claude Monet have beautiful coastal works to take your decor to perfection. categories: Tropical, Nautical, Seascapes

8. Industrial

Functional, bold, seeking beauty from rawness. If you have an Industrial style you love utility, stripped-back Architecture, and functional furniture that celebrates humble materials. A brilliant unpretentious style expressed by woods, stone, and metals, a touch of salvaged objects, and balanced with simple padded pieces to get some comfort into it. The bold Adrian BordaSergey Roy, and Edward Hopper are a great start for your art research. categories: Modern, ContemporarySurrealism

9. Preppy

This decor is all about lifestyle and culture, the imaginary of Country Clubs and Social Graces even if only aspirational. A style that emerges from the classic American filled with details that give a soft romantic feel. You love strong classic colors, Chesterfield sofas, and refreshed old-school furniture. To give it an edge, sprinkle your house with monograms, nautical details, and vintage accessories. RenoirJohn William Waterhouse, and Mary Cassatt are three artists that can give more of a Preppy touch to your house. categories: Nautical, Floral, Traditional, Impressionism

10. Eclectic

The style that matches the old and new, humble and luxurious, eccentric and low profile. It has as much appealing as it has of tricky. To make it perfect, the mismatch has to be methodical, finding a common ground between objects – either in form, proportions, or composition. To balance it, create some visual echoes through repetition to keep the contrast from chaos. As an Eclectic, you can love from Da Vinci to Matisse and your taste meets no boundaries. categories: Art Deco, Classical, Modern, Expressionism, Post-Impressionism

About the Author

Teresa is a writer with a twist of design and art. She is addicted to dancing, laughter, cherries and random words in cool typography. Plans to fly, run on water, find a dragon and sleep with tigers before she dies. And change the world, of course.