Guest Bedroom Series, Pt 3: Custom Artwork
Artwork is one of our favorite accessories, bridging the gap between emotion and substance. Don't get us wrong, the architectural features of a space are incredibly important, after all, they create the foundation of any room. However, it is the accessories are the support that holds a concept together, providing layers of rich story telling, giving a room reason.
To me, choosing artwork that appeals to you is like choosing what to have as a favorite meal. It's all up to personal taste and truly, there are no wrong answers. But what if you can't find anything you really love? Or what if you found it but the attached price tag makes your eyes water? Well, I create what I see in my head, allowing me to make something customized for every space. That way when you walk into a room and feel like the artwork was made specifically for that space, well, it's because it was.
But how does a piece of art become a (self-proclaimed) masterpiece? How do you go from a blank white canvas to layers of paint that evoke emotion? Well, I can't speak for every artist, but I can show you mine.
I love color and usually try to play off the existing vibe that exists in the space. This guest bedroom had plenty of soft gold pieces and a dark blue accent wall so I chose blue-green and soft gold for the painting - it's similar but doesn't compete. I paint the first layer to get the color (and any texture I might be adding) down and inspire myself before sketching my outline in pencil.
Then, I paint the main shapes mixing paint to create the colors I need.
This is a mixed-media piece of art, acrylics with pastels used to add vibrant detail and outlines.
I love adding strong lines to my work - much like the design of a room, I feel like it adds an extra dimension. I like the contrast between the softness of the brush strokes and the strength of the constrained airbrush work.
Accents of mustard and ochre bring depth to the painting.
Finally, I add the finishing touches - paint splatter, concentrated airbrush work, a few last detailed outlines.
Acrylic paint dries very quickly but I still like to let it sit overnight before moving the artwork to it's new home.
This piece is the focal point of our guest bedroom, tying the accent wall and headboard together in a beautiful collection of brushstrokes.
I love the way this whole space came together! The rich colors grounded feed off one another all connected through this bespoke painting. It really is the accessories that make the space! If you haven't seen the whole space, check out the reveal...and if you love the headboard, you're in luck! We posted a tutorial so you can fabricate your own.
Do you paint or are otherwise creative? If so we'd love to see your work! Tag us on IG @reddesignedinteriors.
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