Abstract art is an interior designer’s dream when it comes to putting the finishing touches to a sophisticated design. Because its subject matter is open to interpretation, an abstract piece will never overshadow a room’s narrative. Instead, it uses the purity of colour, line and shape to create emotions and thoughts while drawing the eye to pivotal points within a space.
By Jennifer Conner
Use a pop of colour (or monochrome)
An oversized, colourful work is an ideal way to focus attention on a significant aspect in a space. The artwork’s colour and abstract dynamism will draw attention while creating depth and movement within the room. If too much colour feels intimidating, try an energetic black-and-white abstract. Powerful monochromes lend boldness and sophistication to a space in equal measure.
Group works together – with intention
I am a sucker for a thoughtful grouping of artworks. It could be abstracts by the same artist, or works that have a shared theme or style. The trick is to be consistent in the framing, so that the finished collection feels cohesive, making an impressive statement in its entirety.
Choose colours that complement your décor
Choose art because you love it, not because it matches your interior. That said, colour should be a consideration when placing your works, so do ensure that the tones are harmonious. And if you happen to purchase a new cushion that brings out a small accent in your artwork? Well, what a happy ‘coincidence.’
Abstract art in a traditional setting
It is a misperception that abstract art only works with a modern aesthetic. While it does look great in a contemporary setting, it will also elevate even the most traditional of interiors. A juxtaposition of styles will add a fresh perspective to antiques and heirlooms.
Jennifer Conner is Art Advisor at After Nyne Contemporary, as well as Regional Managing Director of the Affordable Art Fair.