They say home is where the heart is. Adding to that, your home is what you are, and what you make it. It is a haven, a place where memories are made, and where love resides. And, hence, your home should be able to tell a story and showcase these emotions to everyone who enters. Contemporary art is one of the easiest ways to do this and presents you with a myriad of options to choose from, for every corner of your home. Contemporary art – defined as being the ‘art of today’ – brings with it a pop of colour, and global, diverse, and technological influences. Here we walk you through your home, from the entrance to your lesser-explored spaces, with easy-to-implement tips to incorporate contemporary art throughout your space.
The entrance sets the premise and tone for your entire home, and, being a space where there is a lot of movement, the same should be reflected in your decor. Artwork that symbolises movement and is non-intrusive works well in these areas. Small pieces, wooden murals, framed textile art, or a wave of butterflies can make a classy addition to your lobby area.
The Living Room
The living room is where family and friends gather, and where you arguably spend the most time. Jazz up this area with a statement piece. When choosing art, it’s important to not limit yourself to paintings alone. A sculpture, or figurines, or pieces that are a narrative of your personality, can do wonders to bring the room alive. Your living room is also the perfect space in which to experiment with eclectic works, bringing a dramatic flair into your home.
Creating an atmosphere that radiates a feeling of calmness, relaxation, and serenity is one of the most important treatments when decorating your bedroom. In constrast with the living room, your bedroom should have minimalistic art, and pieces that manifest an atmosphere of tranquillity. A decluttered environment with artworks strategically placed opposite your bed would set the tone for a good night’s sleep.
How you decorate your kitchen will set the tone for a room that sees the creation of what feeds bodies and souls. Traditionally, the kitchen has always been an integral part of the Indian home, and this should be reflected in your decor. Sustainable art that is practical and can be upcycled from common kitchen items makes for great pieces that have a connection with the room. Food- and beverage-related prints, pictures of your favourite recipes, and upcycled cutlery are great additions to a kitchen and will inspire you to unleash your inner master chef in this space.
The Utility Areas
Utility areas include rooms that are designed for practical use and are very functional in nature, such as bathrooms, balconies, and powder rooms. These rooms also typically get less sunlight than the rest of the home, and hence, a pop of colour through eclectic pieces will go a long way in brightening up these spaces.
Contemporary art can go a long way in bringing your interiors alive. Besides keeping a few simple tips in mind, we strongly recommend supporting your local artists while you spruce up your home, to create an inclusive and supportive community that is reflected in your home.