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You've finally found that perfect piece of art you've been looking for — now what? Artwork is such an important part of a decorating scheme. Because your art can be anything from an investment piece to a work of personal value, it's essential to integrate your pieces with the right colors. A Houzz user recently faced this very dilemma: How do you use color to highlight your art? If you're feeling stuck too, consider some of the following tips to give your artwork its well-deserved spotlight.

1. Similar hues. Choose a wall color that is similar to the background of your artwork. This deep purple wall is a similar color to the background of this piece, creating cohesion and flow.
2. Complementary shades. Reference the good old color wheel and choose complementary shades for your walls. This abstract with tones of yellow and orange sings against bold turquoise walls.
An abstract with bold oranges comes alive against this purple wall.
3. Same color, different shades. Consider using colors from the painting, only in different shades. This painting has a pretty simple color scheme; pairing it with a deeper shade of blue on the walls creates visual interest.
This red, yellow and orange piece steals the scene against a series of walls in the same colors.
4. Stick to specific palettes. Certain pieces work really well with certain types of colors. If you want to make a series of black and white photographs feel powerful, pair them with dramatic red walls for an enticing impact.
Bright or neon pieces stand out against deep black or gray walls. If you’re wary of painting an entire space such a dark color, just paint a single accent wall where the artwork is hanging.
Bright pieces with brown undertones take center stage against deep brown walls.
5. Keep it neutral. Sometimes neutral walls are the best way give your artwork the attention it deserves. Without any color competing behind it, this artwork becomes a focal point.
This piece evokes a quiet, tranquil moment on the water. That feeling is exaggerated against simple white walls that allow the photograph to do the talking.
The subtle beauty of these paintings is conveyed best against quiet, neutral walls.
6. Play with furniture and accessories. Your wall color isn’t the only thing that can help your artwork stand out. Creating a balance between the colors of the artwork and the furniture in the room will help the artwork become more of a presence.
This yellow couch pulls its color from the pieces on the surrounding walls. The balance actually draws the eye toward the warm artwork.

traditional bedroom by Sennikoff Architects

Even though it's hanging all the way across the room, the pink artwork feels like a part of the scheme with a chair in the same color.
Pull the color of your art palette into accessories or accent pieces too. These rugs pull the red from the paintings down to the floor.

Outstanding outdoor spaces

Spring is the perfect time to be outdoors.  The air is fragrant with blossoming plants, the sun smiles down as nature sprouts and the chirps of birds building their nest is in full swing. The beauty is abundant and conveniently just outside your door. The best way to take advantage of this incredible time of year, of course, is to create an outdoor living space.

Chances are your outdoor style is not fully established, but never fear. Instead, view the outdoors as an extension of your in-home living space. You can easily mimic any interior design style from a french country comfy space to a sleek modern mediation sanctuary.

Nothing is more relaxing than lounging in a natural environment in the privacy of your own home. See which of these outdoor living areas captures your eye.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.studiobcreativejuice.com

Gorgeously white

The big it phrase these days is “pop of color,” which, admittedly, can provide incredible interest and drama to a space.  But not all rooms require a colorful splash. Instead, the most daring challenge themselves by creating a room full of white.

Chances are a white room was never on your design to-do list but these rooms will certainly change your mind.

This shaker style kitchen has a minimalistic appeal with clean lines, crisp whites and an open flow. Plain English in England uses 18th and 19th century cabinet-making techniques to ensure a classic, long-lasting product.  The cabinetry plus the mute colors come together to create a very elegant kitchen space.

White as far as the eye can see with a few dark wood elements make this room feel warm and welcoming. The room is grounded with a fantastic cross section wood floor design.  At the center of the space is a dark wood round dinning table flanked by chairs draped in flowing slipcovers.  And a bright ornate wood burning fireplace focal point rounds out the room.

With the right combination of white colors, textures and accents a white room can be even more dramatic than its colorful counterparts.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.seenandsaid.com

Design by number

Accessories adorned with numerals are appearing left and right. This trend is paying homage to old-fashion general store paraphernalia, such as numbered canisters.  Whether purchasing an item pre-numbered or creating your own with a stencil this is a trend sure to add some charisma to your home.

Take a look at these examples for inspiration.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.sallyleebythesea.com

Graceful Gray Walls

Gray is quickly becoming one of the most popular of the "neutrals" and no wonder--it provides a stunning background for any interior space. From the palest of pale tones to deep rich and mysterious shades, they each evoke a different mood.

Get a light and airy effect, a soft traditional look or a touch of glamorous Old Hollywood by choosing just one of the many grays. Often, several shades of this new neutral are used in the furnishings, accessories and floor coverings to add impact to the wall color. Silver metals are also seen in wall art frames and mirrors because they look so striking against a gray background. Below are more interior design ideas to help you incorporate gray in your own home.

A medium tone gray wall is adorned with a powerful collage of 15 black and white landscape photographs.

Deep gray looks amazing as a backdrop to the light gray on the upholstered sofa. The wall art from Arcadian Home Decor simply serves to draw more attention to the wall color.

The dark brooding grays in this wall art look stunning against the soft gray of the wall.

The palest of pale gray wall is simply a background for the massive contemporary mirror in this eclectic dining space with black wing chairs and twin drum pendants in stark contrast to the austere wood table and bench.

A sunburst mirror always looks amazing against gray, whether it’s a deep tone or pale hue like the wall in this picture. By adding the ornate mirrors on either side of the fireplace, the sunburst is given even more importance not less.

Butterflies adorn the medium gray wall in this glamorous bedroom. The ornate silver framed from Arcadian Home Decor look beautiful against the gray.

The gray painted wood siding and the framed map give a great rustic look to this living space. Notice how beautifully silver and mirror finishes contrast with the rough walls.

Marble, dark woods and soft gray paint merge to form a sophisticated design in this traditional bathroom.

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Old-world charm

Old-world feel charm blended with modern amenities make this home a hit.  Every room is filled with details that create a warm and cozy space.  The detailed molding makes a statement over doorways, classic shaker style furniture extends a warm welcome and original wide plank wood floors cast a feeling of history. All in all, this home is lovely example of how Old-world style is not stiff and dusty.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.lovelyclusters.com

Lacy inspiration

Lace-making is an ancient craft dating back to the early 15th and 16th centuries. Over the years lace has been characterized as romantic, elegant, classic and dainty. So how do you exhibit lace in your home without over doing it? Easy. Make a gorgeous impact through a few lace inspired accessories similar to the looks below.

This stunning entertainment piece was constructed to resemble enlarged single lace panels.  The designer utilized a laser cutting machine to create the brocade lace detail on the wood.

A shade darker than the wall, this lace fabric panel hung floor-to-ceiling generates an enormous impact with a sprinkle of texture.

Set the mood by applying a lace molded wallpaper directly to the focal wall. Select a subtle neutral color to best highlight the room.

A pendant light simply draped in a dainty lace design is grace personified.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.bahrainidiva.com, www.zainteriora.net, www.eleganceredefined.com, www.naturalinteriordesign.com

The timeless art of block printing

Truly unique and personalized fabric designs are often created by a technique referred to as block printing. Designs are generated by hand-carved wooden blocks covered with dye which are repeatedly pressed along the length of a cloth to create a pattern. Slight imperfections are what make the finished product even more marvelous.

Lucky for us, the character of hand block printing is still intact through mass manufacturing capabilities allowing reasonable prices and a wider variety of options.  Today, block printed look-a-like fabrics are generated by wooden blocks, stencils, engraved plates, rollers or silkscreens.

An old technique brought into the new age. Take a peek at some fabric designs below.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.treesouls.com, www.apartmenttherapy.com, www.styleathome.com, www.ehow.com

Swedish style

The camera lens of Petra Bindel focused in on these incredible Swedish homes. The decor screams modern minimalism full of inspiration.

In other words, these rooms are sure to stir your creativity.

Unusual artwork crawls the wall, the sofa is cluttered with a heap of colorful throw pillows and the plum rug lines the black-stained concrete floor. Clean and crisp with a dash of hues.

The essence of a relaxing room is created by a birch wood cabinet with open shelves displaying classic white kitchenware.

Muted grays, statement blacks and white collide to create a visually stunning kitchen.  The countertop and island were created in a dull concrete bringing striking elegance to the room.

For more design inspiration, email marie@marieburgosdesign.com and visit www.marieburgosdesign.com.

Images: www.designismine.com