Art is the key to pulling together a pretty room and can also be the inspiration for your decorating colour palette. So, we’re sharing the biggest wall art trends we discovered at this year’s High Point Market.
This post is written by Tricia Firmaniuk our Senior Colour Designer. Terreeia and I have been in Maui for the past 1 1/2 weeks and since I couldn’t be in both places at once I sent Tricia and Kristy Robb (our new social media manager):
Tricia will be writing the next two posts about upcoming 2020 trends, because she was there!
If you followed our weekend takeover on Maria’s Instagram, you know that Kristy and I had a BLAST doing our whirlwind tour of High Point Market. We were on a trend spotting mission, visiting as many of the most beautiful showrooms we could.
I will be posting a full report on what we found very soon, so stay tuned for that!
Here’s Kristy capturing styling ideas at Dana Gibson Art
As many of you know, I’m an artist. I ALWAYS take note of the art. And, I may be biased, but art is KEY to pulling together a pretty room. Rooms are naked and unfinished without good art.
So today, I’m bringing you a mini report on what I saw adorning the walls of the showrooms this fall while we work on putting together our full colour trends report coming soon!
Please note, if you would like to learn more about the artists, we did not have access to those details, but please feel free to click through to the brand or showroom website and inquire, they should have the details on the art and artists.
The biggest wall art trends from High Point 2019
The biggest wall art trends from High Point included lots of animal motifs, bold abstract pieces, antique pictures in ornate frames and of course botanicals. The Dana Gibson Art showroom pulled all of these trends together in her design space (below).
Naturalist prints of flora and fauna are still going strong. How can you go wrong with plants and flowers? The are always fresh. And the good news is they are accessible. You will often pay more for framing than the print.
Dramatic vignette with botanical and fish at Thibaut
It’s always a good idea to bring life into a room, whether it’s with a vase of fresh flowers, or art that features botanicals, portraits, or animals. Ballard Designs has lots of great botanicals too.
And there were SO MANY animals. Showroom walls and vignettes had no shortage of cute beasties. Especially dogs.
Dog motif gallery wall at Vanguard
Regal Egyptian Dogs at Vanguard
Moody dog and antique portrait vignette by Chad James Group at the Aspire Showhouse
Dog painting at CR Laine
Vintage equestrian art at Woodbridge
Antique and Flea Market Pictures
A related theme we spotted all over the place was the use of antique and vintage pictures, often in somewhat “stuffy” wood or gilded frames, in other words OLD looking. This estate-style art helped add a little patina to fresh rooms. You can find vintage art on ETSY here.
Equestrian lodge theme in this dining room by Scot Meacham Wood at the Aspire Showhouse
Vintage sepia pictures in a fresh blue and white room at Thibaut
Bold, Colourful and Abstract Art
On the other hand, many rooms were pulled together with bold, colourful abstract art. Since this is one of my favourite styles to work in, I approved of course. The bigger and bolder, the better.
Graphic abstract art pulls together this sophisticated room at Chaddock
A vibrant pink abstract painting creates a strong focal point in this room (above) by Lillian August at Hickory White
West Elm Minted has lots of Abstract art like this one here.
Mod graphic shapes and abstract art pulls these sofas together at Kravet
Oversized abstract painting at Hickory Chair
I hope this post provides you with lots of inspiration and fresh ideas for adorning your walls. A room is never complete without good art, it’s one of the best ways to show off your personality.
But don’t worry, while original art is a great investment if it’s in reach for you, you don’t need to break the bank to get it if it’s not. Framed prints and reproductions always look good, even if you need to splurge a bit on the frames. Anti-glare glass is a worthwhile investment for framed prints.
For vintage paintings, you can explore flea markets and antique shops. There are lots of steals to be had. Don’t shy away from the quirky pictures, they bring lots of personality to a room.
And for bold paintings, emerging and student art is a great way to get original art on a budget. And artists that are just starting out always appreciate the support. Check with your local art school for upcoming student exhibitions.
So, which of these motifs is your favorite? Did you follow along on Instagram Stories this past weekend?
Don’t forget to be on the lookout for our 2019 High Point Market Fall colour trends coming soon!