HOW TO

Designing Your Room Around An Art or Cultural Piece

Keia McSwain of Kimberly + Cameron Interiors lets us in on her secrets of adding art to any room to set the mood.

Keia Says…

Art can be so many things. It can be a scarf, a sculpture, a painting, a photograph and more. You decide what art is to you. Once you’ve decided what is art and what is dear to the aesthetic of your home, it becomes easier to add pieces that flow.

Art is one of the top focal points in the home. It carries so many definitives and there’s always a story behind a person’s art and decor collections. The creativity comes from what you desire in the space. Decide what you love in your home and what you consider to be art.

Determine where you want the focal point of the room

Generally, art is purchased to serve as a conversation piece. Once you’ve concluded on your focal point, you decide what particular piece of art goes there and your art on the walls where you want them, you decide what furnishings, pair well with that particular piece.

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Decide its position

I always suggest using the “look at it every day” rule. You should ask yourself if this art is art you can look at every day. This should determine whether or not you truly want the art. Incorporate accessories that pair well with the art. Remember, the colors and patterns don’t have to be identical in order to complement one another.

Don’t allow your artwork to be drowned by the other furnishings or decor in your space. If you want a particular piece in your space to stand out, choose art a bit larger in scale.

Accessorizing around art

Accessorizing can be just as fun. If you visit Africa or South East Asia, you may find the most beautiful African Bangles or Jade Elephant. Take them home and find a place that speaks to you. They don’t have to be near your art. Keep adjusting your pieces until the final resting spot suits you. You can never adjust your accessories and art too much. Smaller pieces look best grouped together.

Jimi Hendrix art with piano in room designed by Kimberly + Cameron Interiors
Designed by Kimberly + Cameron Interiors

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