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Houzz.com: Pick the Right Color Palette to Showcase Your Art

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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.

Anything but Bland

It is no secret that color can affect moods, feelings and emotions. Greens can create feelings of comfort, shades of orange may inspire enthusiasm and reds might ignite passion. On the other end of the spectrum, white generates a sense of peace, black denotes strength, while gray is the color of independence. A color palette focused on shades of blacks, whites and grays can be incredibly calming, sophisticated and overwhelmingly elegant.

The home below, located in Sweden, was designed using a Scandinavian style and a phenomenal combination of muted color. This type of design style is so simple, relaxed and enjoyable with traditional charm. The rooms are clean and calculated with groupings of frames casually leaning again a radiator, plain single lightbulbs strung above a black farm-style dining room table and chunky unfinished wood blocks serving as a minimalist coffee table.

Overall, color does not always have to be bright, bold and over the top to be inviting. It can be as simple as black and white (and gray).

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Images: www.indohomedesign.net

Spotlight on Sectionals

For years the sectional sofa has mostly been treated as a functional piece due to its ample and comfortable seating. Lately, though, I have noticed a budding trend of fashionable fabrics, vibrant hues and exceptional embellishments, letting the sectional be the star of the show.

In the right space these sofas can provide function while accentuating the overall design style. In fact, a living room from one of my favorite design projects popped up on DoodleHome.com recently in an article titled “Living Room with White Sectional,” which inspired this post.

The Tribeca penthouse (pictured above) was a dream to design. With its stunning floor-to-ceiling windows, warm wood floors and loads of natural sunlight, it was simple to incorporate the fundamental Feng Shui principles to create the perfect energy flow. I filled the space with clean lines, straight and curvy shapes, vibrant colors, modern art and a mix of metal and glass. The sectional is certainly a highlight with the colorful blue, white, silver and lavender  silk and velvet pillows.

Here are a few more sectionals that pack a punch.

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Images: www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

Artistic Bookcases

Most of us have experienced that dreaded corner of clutter with books stacked high and a collection of random accessories that seem to need a home. Well, a bookcase can be a simple yet eye-catching solution to this common problem. And, after a little searching, I stumbled across some rather inspiring examples.

This clever catch-all has become a wonderful piece of life-size art over the years. From the sky high to the unusually shaped, it is time we gave the bookcase some credit.

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

Luminescent Lucite

One of best ways to incorporate a chic and almost airy look in your home is by incorporating Lucite furniture into your home décor.  Lucite, also known as acrylic glass, usually comes in a clear color, but more furniture and product designers are manufacturing it in bright colors like fuchsia and orange, as well as softer hues like smoke gray, and even black.  Still, nothing says chic and sophisticated like a clear Lucite accent chair or cocktail table.

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In addition to a gorgeous Lucite chandelier, the dining room in this Palm Beach Home is also furnished with Phillipe Starck's Louis XIV Ghost Chairs and a glass-topped table.  The result is equal parts modernism and Hollywood Regency glam.

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In this contemporary dining room, fuschia pink Lucite accent chairs accent a bright pink chandelier.  The pink actually provides a nice, feminine, contrast to the almost masculine lines of this room.

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The Lucite table here is an airy accent in this fresh dining room.  Lucite tables are great for those prone to spillage.

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In this nook, Starck's Louis XIV Ghost Chairs with accent pillows for comfort, and a Saarinen-inspired Tulip table create a look of coziness and warmth.  Love the arrangement of fresh flowers in little vases!

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Here's a great example of incorporating luminescent Lucite into a quirky living room.  The low-set coffee table gives the eye a chance to rest, what with the motley of prints, color,  pattern and cool wall décor.

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This handsome living room is accented both by a drop-dead gorgeous sofa in royal blue and a simply-designed Lucite coffee table.  Both pieces add a bit of drama to a room that was, otherwise, simply decorated.

As you can see, the beauty and chicness of Lucite knows no bounds.  It may look like a simple material, but it's capable of adding a look of airiness, glamor and sophistication to any room.

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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.

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Images: www.seenandsaid.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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Colors that pop

Using bright colors in interiors can be intimidating and overwhelming, but if used in moderation pops of color can bring an eclectic flash of excitement. Take a peek at these extraordinary uses of bold paint colors.

Using old-fashioned doors as decoration is a great way to add interest to any room, but paint it an electric blue and you have a double dose of genius.

The muted birch tree wallpaper provides the perfect backdrop for the jaw-dropping vibrant orange headboard.

These ornate dining room chairs are adorned with lime green paint. Amazing combination of traditional and modern.

Fiery red paint engulfs this room of all white furniture and accessories.

A strong robin’s-egg-blue kitchen table grounds the room as the airy light fixtures and lightly dusted blue walls construct a soft atmosphere.

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Images: www.studiobcreativejuice.com

Grounded with style

The floor is another example of a canvas that is often ignored.  And as we move away from the age of carpet, it is becoming more important to spice up the ground we walk on.

These examples show how to punch up any room right were you walk.

This incredible design of octagons defined in creamy beige and tans adds another level to the already glamourous room.

This room is calming with a hint of romance, and the alternating width of the zig-zag adds a great focal point.

The hardwood floor is enhanced by the diamond pattern.  Rustic charm at its best.

Resembling a slate tile floor, this grey and white pattern radiates drama.

Magenta ceiling, clean white walls, minimal furnishing and an exquisite design on the floor.

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Images: www.apartmenttherapy.com

Modern Moroccan

Patterns, colors, metallics, curves, astral, geometric and floral designs are the visual appeal of Moroccan style. It all stems from the knowledgeable and ingenious combinations of colors, patterns, shapes and textures. These same techniques have recently mixed with modern and contemporary designs establishing a striking and distinctive look.

Through the use of multiple colors and patterns, the textiles of a modern Moroccan style establish a warm and exotic feel with a sultry pizzazz.

Placing a customary metal lantern on a coffee table makes an alluring centerpiece.  Typically handmade, these lanterns radiate with an exotic glow when lit.

This traditional print was stylishly applied in a stunning suede brown to the walls.

The intense mix of native Moroccan culture and modern flare generated a phenomenal style that is sure to stick around.  This imaginative combination is exactly what design is all about.

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