For the Love of art


With my love of contemporary fine art, my passion for window treatments and my career in interior design, I find myself frequently putting all of these concepts together for clients, and I wanted to share a bit of what works. Here’s how to make sure that your art complements the space, and that your room’s décor supports your art:

Pay attention to repetition of color and line. This suggests, for example, pairing striped draperies with art portraying strong vertical lines and bringing colors of the art out in the room’s décor. A great technique is to balance the colors of an art piece with that of the room’s furnishings. If your piece is mostly gray with touches of turquoise, then a gray bedding set with turquoise accent pillows would be lovely in a bedroom. I adore the idea of combining works of art by a singular artist or works of a particular style to increase the impact of the individual pieces. I once did an entire wall of Gabriel Loire to add fullness to an acrylic-on-canvas collection.

Sometimes the furniture around the art can help further the statement that the art makes. The right lines under a painting, the perfect weight across from a sculpture, can help accentuate and develop the story. Before I had a large art collection, I would use mirrors to reflect the one or two pieces I had in a room. Using mirrors on the wall or even the ceiling to reflect your art is a wonderful way to expand a limited collection. If your art piece has a lot to say, let it. Quiet everything else in the room, perhaps choosing a monochromatic scheme so that the intricate details of your art are expressed loud and clear and everything else in room quietly supports the star.

Go beyond picking up a single color from your painting. Build a room’s entire color palette from a featured art piece. Permit those colors to guide your flooring and wall covering selections. Let the style of your artwork match the style of your room. For example, bring soft and serene pieces into a room with muted colors and soft, velvety textures.

Don’t be afraid to have a little fun with your art and decor: It doesn’t need to be serious all the time. A piece I curated for a client’s office was of men swatting at airplanes. You don’t see that everyday, and I thought it was a light-hearted way to add playfulness to an otherwise serious workspace. Of course you’ll want to properly showcase your art with spotlights and accent lighting, but also consider the dramatic effect shadows can play in arrangements of artwork.