Interior Wall Art and Painting Styles

Interior wall painting can be much more than just deciding on a color and whether to use a brush or a roller. With a few framed art decor techniques, you can create visually interesting finishes using your favorite color combinations, or designs such as chevrons or interlocking squares. Test color blending techniques on plain posterboard ahead of time to get a better idea how they'll look on the wall before taking on the entire project.

Color Wash. A color wash gives a wall art a soft, warm appearance by using the layering of two different colors. After a base coat color is in place, a white or pale yellow, for instance, a second shade, such as orange, is mixed with a bit of latex glaze. This gives you more time to work and adds a bit of translucency to the color. Brushing the top color on in a bold X pattern creates the basis for the color wash. Rubbing it in with a rag or feathering it with a soft bristled brush creates a soft glow similar to painted plaster.

Taped Designs. Painter's tape is useful for much more than just covering areas you don't want to paint. It comes in handy for creating designs such as stripes, chevrons or interlocking squares. Create the look by painting a base color such as tan, then laying out the design in tape on the wall once the paint dries. Paint your areas with a new color and remove the tape to reveal the design. Alternatively, the tape can be used to mark off borders for sections, such as thick stripes and chevrons. Add small bits of tape to mark areas that will not get painted with the top color to avoid confusion.

Ombre. An ombre or fade effect is simply one color of paint, usually a dark or rich shade, that fades gradually from side to side or top to bottom across a large wall art work. This effect requires only two main shades of paint: your original color, such as cobalt blue, plus white. Once you've decided how many color shade variations you'd like on the wall, perhaps five, pour some of the original dark paint color into five containers one per color variation. Add a successive amount of white to each one, so the mixed color is progressively lighter.

Metallic Blocks. Metallic paints used in rectangular and square shapes on a pop art prints adds the feel of metal to the space. Large rectangles and squares cut from cardboard or posterboard serve as templates for the shapes; simply trace them on the wall in chalk once a base color is in place. A bubble level ensures the shapes are aligned properly on the wall furnishings. Paint each shape a different metallic color, if desired, for solid looking squares, or paint a square a dark color such as chocolate chip brown, followed by a metallic gold or copper mixed with a little glaze. This layering adds a sense of depth. To create a patina or verdigris effect, start with a base color of copper or bronze. Dip a sea sponge into pools of aqua and turquoise paints and dab it all over the bronze, mixing the shades a bit as you go. The end result has a look similar to weathered, aged copper.

Too often in interior design, we see wall art treated as an afterthought. It’s what gets dealt with last, long after the final coat of paint has dried on the walls and all of the furniture has been artfully arranged, if it gets dealt with at all. But, we’re here to argue that by relegating wall art to the side lines, you’re missing out on an amazing design opportunity. When chosen thoughtfully, the right wall murals can provide for the entire room. Dare we say it, but we think wall art matters most in interior design.

It Provides An Instant Color Palette. Choosing a color palette can be one of the most daunting facets of designing your interiors. The amount of varying shades of paint that are available at your local home improvement store can seem absolutely endless. It can be difficult to narrow down the possibilities into the colors that best fit your vision for the space.

Our best advice is to leave the paint chips behind and focus on searching for wall art instead. Once you find a painting or wall hanging that you absolutely love, you can use that piece as the inspiration for your your room’s eventual color palette.

Your first step is to pick out two or three shades from wall art that you’d like to incorporate into your home decor paintings. Choose the dominant color, as well as a few additional shades that you’d like to pull out as accents. Then, look for those colors in the items you use to decorative painting on your space. If you need extra help, you can use an app like ColorSnap, which will let you match those colors to corresponding shades of paint.

It Creates A Focal Point. One of the the most basic principals of interior design is that every room needs a focal point, or a single design element that will instantly draw the eye into the space and give the viewer a sense of what to expect. It goes without saying that a great piece of unique wall art could easily fulfill this position.

Imagine your favorite artwork hanging above the mantle of a fireplace in your living space or standing proudly above the bed in your master suite. Alternatively, a creative gallery wall could easily spice up a more traditional dining area or a few hanging tapestries could as a cozy feel to a seating area. When choosing a piece of wall art to be a focal point for your space, the most important consideration is size. An artwork that is too small will get dwarfed by the surrounding furniture and a piece that is too big will look as though it is spilling over. Make sure to take measurements of the wall space available, so you know how much room you have at your disposal.

It Brings A Sense Of Texture. Remember that not all wall art is created equal. While some pieces may be two-dimensional paintings or something similar, you should try to find art in a variety of different mediums to help bring a varying sense of texture into the space.

In addition to paintings and prints, you should consider pieces like sculptures or shadow boxes that can add some depth to the room. If your style is more avant garde, you could also consider doing a small mixed media installation that includes screens and digital art. These extra bits of texture can help add much needed visual weight to your interiors, which which help determine the tone of the room or how it feels. Consider that rough textures are more likely to make a space feel intimate and grounded while smooth textures bring a sleeker more aloof tone to the room.

It Makes The Room Appear Finished. Think about some of the less-than-put-together interiors that you’ve seen. Perhaps a college apartment or a first adult space after finishing school. Odds are that these spaces felt a little rough around the edges and a little unfinished. Odds are that they also had mostly white walls. Wall art is that finishing element that can help pull a space together and make it feel complete. It is that little extra touch that can take your space from simply looking functional to appearing as if it should grace the pages of an interior design magazine.

The key is to choose a piece of art or another wall hanging that fits in with the decorating style that you’ve already chosen for the room. After that, it’s all about choosing decor that you love and will be happy seeing hang on your wall for many years to come.

Corporate art doesn’t have to be the last piece of the puzzle when you’re decorating a new space. In fact, it shouldn’t be. In our minds, wall art is most important when it comes to interior design. This is because when it’s used properly, your wall hangings can provide an excellent framework around which you should be able to plan the rest of the room. Take the above post as a guide for how to properly select and incorporate wall art into your interiors and you’ll end up with a design that looks like it was professionally put together.