How to Design An Art-centric Room

As an ardent observer of interior design, one of the things I admire the most is when art comes to the forefront. When art becomes central in the decoration of a space, then the outcome can be truly astonishing as it creates an aesthetically appealing environment.

People often struggle with creating an artistically-inspired place which at the same time expresses their own style. The process is challenging, however with the assistance of a professional designer it can definitely be achieved. Here are some pro tips on how to make your home a unique artistic place.


Interior design styles derive their influences from different art movements that preceded them. Whether your design style is modern or traditional, transitional or contemporary, there are different artworks and art genres that can match and enhance it.

For example, abstract wall paintings with colorful details in a modern room creates a serene hotel like feeling throughout this Tribeca loft.

Image Source: Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors, Ltd.

On the other hand, wall art which reflects classic European aesthetics can be integrated into traditional design style to elevate your neo-classical furnishings and create an elegant and delicate feeling.

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Simply adding a painting or a sculpture to a room can bring beauty to it. But when art is used as the main inspiration and consideration in designing a room, then the outcome can be truly impressive.

The painting above the bed was used as a source of inspiration for the room design. Notice the similarities in color palette and texture between the two.

Image Source: Nandina Home & Design

A fundamental truth of interior design is that every room requires a focal point, an intriguing component which will enable the spectator to have a sense of what to anticipate. A stunning work of art can carry out this role. As a central piece, it sets the tone and mood for the entire room so you would want to choose something that when combined with the overall design style will create an aesthetically appealing environment.

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Color is a major player in the design of an art-centric room. Colors affect your mood and stimulate emotions. For example, browns and creams generate a soothing effect while brighter colors like yellow and red convey energy and tension.

New York City interior designer Betty Wasserman prioritizes art in her projects — making it a key element in her approach to design. Often her rooms’ colors unfold from the art that is being utilized.

The peaceful blue painting on this soft colored wall evokes feelings of tranquility and serenity encouraging physical and mental relaxation.

Image Source: Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors, Ltd.

The warm color palette of this painting accentuates the already warm shades of the room, which when blended with the neutral color tones of the furniture creates a pleasant indoor experience.

Image Source: Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors, Ltd.


Creating an art-centric space is neither a simple nor easy procedure. Many people are intimidated by the process which is completely understandable. Hiring an interior designer is a wise decision as they can offer invaluable insight and assistance.

Even if you have a genuine interest in art, marrying your favorite artwork with your space is challenging for the untrained, yet is a relatively easy task for a professional. Interior designers are great at working with a client’s art collection as they have the skills and knowledge to integrate art and design in an aesthetically pleasing package.

An interior designer can also be remarkably helpful when people wish to buy art for their homes but do not have the relevant knowledge. Not only can an interior designer assist in the matching of art genre with the desired interior design style, but they can offer crucial insight into the art industry.

Leading interior designers have a talent for discerning between quality art and commercial art, and they are aware of the right places to look for art. Many interior designers have established relationships with artists and art galleries. Whereas finding a piece of art that perfectly fits one’s style and budget can be an intimidating procedure for most people, it is in fact a common, reliable process for a well-qualified interior designer.

Image Source: Betty Wasserman Art & Interiors, Ltd.

The layout of the room and the size of the artwork is an important consideration in the design of an art-centric space. For example, a very small painting can be easily overshadowed by nearby furniture. Artwork that is too big for a room will also break the aesthetic balance. These are common mistakes that even people passionate about art make. However, an interior designer has a deep understanding of how space and art can be combined and is able to suggest solutions and adjustments to the space.

Image Source: Nandina Home & Design

Interior designers typically have good taste and an aesthetic education which enables them to offer suggestions for an artistic decoration that also fits their client’s tastes. Choosing textiles, colors, and textures to create an artistic symmetry between the art and the room is a straightforward and fun procedure for an interior designer. Designers tend to be passionate about offering counsel based on their clients’ home style, personalities, and needs.

When art becomes a major aspect of interior design, lighting becomes a very important consideration as it can make a huge difference. Optimal lighting makes artwork stand out. It requires specific training and experience to develop the necessary skills to recognise how lighting will best illuminate art. Most interior designers have basic lighting knowledge and for higher end projects they almost always contract a lighting designer to take the lead on this process. Lighting can elevate your space into a masterpiece of artistic expression.

“Each time I am given the opportunity to be involved in the lighting design, I make sure that art becomes part of the room’s architecture and not only its decor . . . Trust me when I say that a good piece of art looks fine in a room, but it will look excellent — or even brilliant — when given special attention and is given the benefit of the right lighting.”

Betty Wasserman on lighting.

When art becomes part of the room’s architecture and not only its decor, the outcome can truly be outstanding. It is a challenging procedure but with the assistance of the right interior designer, your artistic space becomes real!




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Angelica Angeli

Angelica Angeli

Lover of beautiful things and places! Interior Design & Architecture Journalist.

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