Play It Up
A corner of the living room or den is a perfect place to set up a bar that is straight out of an English manor. An oil painting depicting a hunt scene paired with crystal and silver barware will have you hosting proper cocktails any night of the week.
Tip: Paint the wall a rich, dark color to convey the feeling of wood paneling.
If one large oil painting feels too old school for you, feature smaller versions along with other artwork such as photography and prints. This salon style adds texture and color and can be updated at any time.
Tip: To have a bit of fun, try sticking to a motif (like the seaside) to unify your mixed collection.
Make It Modern
A traditional portrait can actually suit a modern space depending on the pieces you put around it. Hung above a chest with contemporary accents, this oil painting suddenly balances the old and the new in a charming way.
Tip: Take a cue from the painting’s colors when choosing objects around it. A limited palette results in a cleaner, more modern vignette.
Try the Unexpected
A fine oil painting in a rustic bathroom? Yes. Hanging artwork in an unexpected place instantly changes its effect. A portrait or a seascape can instantly transform a tiny room into a petite gallery.
Tip: Let the artwork inspire other decorating choices. For instance, pick a color from the painting and cover the walls with it.