Why hold back? Here, a dramatic abstraction of black slashes and a traditional oil portrait (in nothing less than a gilded frame) are both prettily situated in a bedroom. The space feels like a restful haven but gives plenty of points of interest for the eye.
Tip: Keep furnishings and background colors in neutral tones, like ivories and natural woods: Even if the art and accents are eclectic, the room will feel thought through.
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 you can update it any time.
Tip: To have a bit of fun, try sticking to a motif (like the great outdoors) to unify your mixed collection.
Make It Modern
A traditional portrait can 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 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.