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Abstract Landscapes


Julia Contacessi is a painter from Connecticut who explores colour and light in her layered paintings. It’s fun to pick out a hue from one of her art works and reflect it in the furniture, like this elegant blue bench.
 
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And now for some more glamour and sunshine! If you’re not very fond of being reminded of grey skies and moody days, go for an image that brings the sunshine in. Like this one, with a touch of gold.


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This painting by Madlen Design features a beautiful play of colour, shapes and light. It’s almost like a window looking out onto a snowy landscape. The smaller, quite similar paintings on the floor are a playful touch and break up the moodiness of the image.

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This one is a bit different, a bit playful. The many shades of grey could be clouds, but that idea is subverted by the golden dots in a grid. Or do those evoke sunlight? All in all, a very interesting painting by artist Nina Holst.

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If you like a bit of drama, go for a large image that evokes thunder clouds. Gorgeous, isn’t it? You don’t need much else for an impressive hallway, just a simple but beautiful chair and equally classy lamp.


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A very sophisticated painting by Julia Kotenko that you could watch forever, like clouds passing by. It suits the very chic corner. The glamorous lamp and foot stools turn this hallway from a forgettable space into a little haven of luxury.

This is a fun but chic pairing of an abstract image and a poem in a lovely font. The golden frames make the images look extra classy – as does the candle stick. Pretty cool.
 
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How evocative is this gorgeous image? It could be a bay, with the hills reflecting in the water. The purity and simple colours make it the perfect addition to a minimalist but warm interior. It’s from Nancy Knight art at Esy, by the way.


Images from: byninaholst.com, etsy.com, juliacontacessi.com, serenaandlily.com, redomee.blogspot.co.uk, desenio.se

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Fruit Party


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This chimney would definitely be a bore without this colourful framed print above it. And that’s an understatement. And it’s not only a hit because of the image of the oranges itself: the cool, stark effect of the black frame is responsible for it too.

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Check out these unexpected works of art owned by Livia More, community manager at Tictail: a cool online shop with emerging brands from around the world. We love the colourful effect of fruit art (in slick black frames) in combination with plants, plants, plants.

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Wood is officially back in our interiors. This long sideboard is accompanied by a huge amount of botanical fruit illustrations in natural wooden frames. A great idea for those who are looking for an authentic, natural and yet very strong statement.


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This work of art by Angela Hardison is perfect and poppy: we think it’s a great idea to hang it above a simple cabinet like this. Makes us think about the fruity illustrations we saw in the nineties. In a good and cool way, that is.

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High ceilings can be hard to work with. Consider statement art instead of a wall gallery, as this will be easier on the eye. Here, we like the primary colours in industrial chic wooden frames. This is the perfect balance between playful and elegant.

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Not feeling this brightly coloured fruit art thing yet? The eighties black and white bistro trend is a good starting point for some arty monochrome prints. It looks pretty cool in this corner, doesn’t it?

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As we said, there are fun ways around this trend. If you don’t like the illustrations, be inspired by this strong Ed Ruscha painting in the home of designer Marc Jacobs. Oh, and note the perfect combination with the ceramics. Spotted in Architectural Digest.


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Had enough of the icy Scandi trend? Framed fruity images will cheer you up, especially when you choose at least one yellow frame to make it extra colourful. Combine with plants, some flowers and a fruit basket, so you’ll never feel cold again.


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Summer is almost over, but hey, there are some sunny days left. Why not embrace them whilst wearing this juicy bathing suit? And don’t forget to make yourself a great fruit punch.

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If you are into the fruit trend, these hooks and this towel are definitely the way to go. Especially when your kitchen is in desperate need for an update or some colour. You can buy them at the Anthropologie online store.

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Images from: anthropologie.com, remodelista.com, pinterest.com, brightbazaarblog.com, architecturaldigest.com, bloglovin.com, jeanliudesign.com, missmoss.co.za, sugarandcloth.com, etsy.com, mydomaine.com

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Flora in Black and White


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Black and white botanical prints look great in a minimalist space, but even in bohemian rooms they will shine. This is a fantastic collection of images and frames, striking the right balance between symmetry and playfulness.

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This is another example of monochrome prints looking fabulous in a more cosy space. The coloured wall and the one 3D art piece keep the corner lively, and the wood, baskets and plant add warmth. A great little set-up.


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And now for something different. Steven N. Meyers makes gorgeous art photographs, x-rays of plants and flowers that reveal their delicate beauty. Often in soft shades of green and pink, but also in black and white. They’ll make for lovely wall art.


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Pernille Folcarelli is not only an interior designer, but also makes beautiful botanical prints in muted colours and black and white. Hang a whole group of them together for maximum effect, and choose simple frames if you want to keep it minimalist.

The bathroom is an unexpected place for wall art, but it looks all the better for it. This classical space is made even more chic by the chandelier and botanical images. Black and white prints are also a very good match for a coloured wall.


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An up close image of palm leaves with stark shadows makes for an intriguing piece of wall art. Especially if it’s framed like this one, with two wooden slats, and accompanied by, wait for it… a palm leaf!

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The monstera is a monster success. We’ve seen the print on everything from bikinis to wallpaper. And rightly so: its leaves have a wonderful shape. So why not show just one, to emphasize it? This print is by Etsy shop Little Ink Empire.

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A black and white picture of plants can look rather arty and chic, especially with a mount, as proven by this piece by Coco Lapine. The print looks great in the monochrome dining room, adding wild shapes but not crazy colour.


Images from designsponge.com, pernillefolcarelli.dk, etsy.com, cocolapine.com, jackandjillattheshore.com, emilyaclark.com, xray-art.com, interiorsbystudiom.com

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The Butterfly Effect


Sunburst mirrors are gorgeous, and together with butterfly art they make for an utterly chic decor. Check out this wonderful art deco-ish, eclectic ensemble created by interior shop Maison du Monde.

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Lucky enough to have a raw wall like this? A mix of framed and unframed butterfly prints (that wooden pinch is pretty cool) in the same soft colours might be a great styling idea. This way you’ll create the perfect balance between industrial and natural.


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Sophisticated, elegant rooms are the perfect place for a framed butterfly print. Don’t let it become boring though, and opt for split butterfly prints like these ones by Caitlin Wilson. For the right balance, choose a butterfly (and frame) that matches your furniture and accessories.

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Be inspired by this beautiful, quirky collection of butterflies in vintage frames. It’s very intriguing to look at: we are the most fascinated by the butterflies sitting on the mushrooms. And did you see the lovely prints of the fern leaves? Good choice.

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Which butterfly should one choose for a Nordic style like this? We think those that are mainly black and white with just a small splash of colour – shown here in the interior of the owner of Stylizimo.com – are beautiful. Such a simple, strong, yet elegant look.


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We are obsessed with eclectic shelves like these. As you can see, the butterfly really grabs your attention. At the same time, it looks great surrounded by all these other images, like pictures of city streets, artsy illustrations, numbers and quotes.

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Wow, how we love this light blue butterfly in a golden antique frame. It’s the centre of attention in a very romantic, historical space. Do not worry though if you’re not the owner of a place like this. Similar wall art is perfect for bohemian and eclectic rooms too.


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See, even at Gucci they are into butterflies right now. This is one of the most popular Gucci iPhone cases at the moment. Like it? Buy it at Gucci.com. Or if you really want to treat yourself, go for the gorgeous bag.

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Fan of moody colours? Here, midnight blue adds glamour and depth to a hallway. The mix of brown and black frames, and round mirrors, is creative and cool. The cherry on the cake is the blue butterfly with its orange backdrop, that’s for sure.

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The use of vibrant colours in interiors is a big trend. This is how you rock it: paint your biggest wall in a statement colour like green, blue or even yellow, and put three colourful butterflies in black chic frames against it. It’s all about strong statements.


Images from: deardesigner.co.uk, etsy.com, caitlinwilson.com, frame.bloglovin.com, amerrymishapblog.com, coxandcox.co.uk, firsthome.tumblr.com, colouryourcasa.com, thisivyhouse.tumblr.com, gucci.com, tidbitsandtwine.com

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Dream in Green


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This vintage illustration of the impressive Strelitzia reginae is lovely, with its wooden slats. Is it too much to match the gorgeous dark green colour with the day bed, sheep skin and potted plant? Well, no: the white wall keeps it all in check.

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Melbourne furniture store Pop & Scott matched their Dreamer couch in seaweed linen with fine art prints by Lisa Sorgini. They are intriguing photographs of tropical blooms immersed in water.

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Dealing with a small hallway or a boring area? Consider circus themed wall art to make it lively. And why not choose a coloured frame, like a striking red one? It will be a great match for most circus posters.


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Botanical illustrations in dark greens look mighty fine in combination with black and white prints. Choose a posse of cool plants and fab black and white furniture and accessories for maximum impact.

 


 

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This display of furniture and accessories by Barker and Stonehouse has wonderful wallpaper as a backdrop. The dark shiny greens and the combination of banana and palm leaves make it pretty original.


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Boutique guesthouse 28 Kothi in Jaipur has this great little corner featuring botanical illustrations from a local artist. They look great with the cool chair and also locally made lamp and vase.

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Illustrations are fabulous, but a photograph of a dense forest can look really grand too. This one adds interest to the living room and makes it look extra spacious. It’s as if the room has an extra window overlooking the jungle.


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Dutch designer Fabienne Chapot’s clothes in palm print fabric are a big hit. Whether you pick the dress, shorts or shirt, the items will bring a smile to your face and even on the dreariest days make you feel like you’re on holiday.

 

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Images from: thesuitelifedesigns.wordpress.com, instagram.com, popandscott.com, 28kothi.com, uncommonplant.com, barkerandstonehouse.co.uk, decoholic.org, fabiennechapot.nl