Guess what is the most neglected category of furnishing accessories? The one that brings together the objects that are chosen last, often at random, just to fill a space? The correct answer is … The paintings, and for paintings I mean the paintings, the prints, the photographs, the posters.
How many of you, after having renewed the look of a room, perhaps by changing the furniture, the accessories and the colors, also change the paintings? We often limit ourselves to hanging up the ones that were there before, even if they no longer adapt to the style and colors of the new furniture. Too bad that this convenient solution can compromise the success of your relooking project. Arm yourself therefore with courage and, after selecting the paintings that harmonize with your home, discard the others and possibly think about buying new ones. Always remember the motto “less is more”: you don’t have to fill all the walls, sometimes just a few carefully chosen elements make the difference.
Here are some tips on how to combine prints and paintings with furnishing styles.
Prints and paintings for modern environments
Today’s modern style is represented by different trends, such as minimalism or Scandinavian. Both are characterized by functionality, sober lines, and colors, and do not admit the superfluous.
In a minimalist environment, the decorations on the walls are reduced to a minimum, but for this reason, they must be chosen very carefully. Decorate the largest wall of the room with a large canvas, or with subjects divided on several panels side by side, being careful to tune the colors with the dominant palette. Minimalism is based on a few shades, usually neutral like white, black, gray or natural shades. The ideal subjects are the abstract ones, such as the “Silver and Black” painting by Leon Shulz, which I found on bimago, a fantastic site specializing in wall decorations.
The Scandinavian style is less rigorous than the minimalist and does not disdain the decorations, as long as in small doses. I suggest in this case to choose graphic posters with botanical or animal subjects, or written or sentences, inserted in simple frames of light wood or lacquered in white or black.
Prints and paintings for lovers of retro styles
Those who prefer retro styles can choose between different possibilities, from rustic to industrial, from shabby chic to Provencal. Although these trends have been in vogue for several years, they are still all very current.
However, each style has well-defined characteristics. A rustic house can be simple or sophisticated, but in any case, it is inspired by the countryside, by slow rhythms, by nature.
To decorate the walls of a rustic house, choose canvases with idyllic landscapes, cultivated fields, pastures, and flowering meadows.
Of diametrically opposite inspiration, the industrial style has a rough and vintage metropolitan mood. Rather spartan, the industrial house does not give much to decoration, so the paintings must be selected with care. For this particular style, it is not easy to choose the right subjects: my advice is to focus on a few quality black and white images. For example, in the black and white poster section of the Bimago website, there is plenty of choices. Furthermore, at the time of purchase, you can choose whether to add the support, in this case, a simple black frame.
The last two retro styles, shabby chic and Provencal, in a certain sense resemble each other, even if the first is of Anglo-Saxon inspiration, while the second comes from the south of France.
To avoid mistakes, choose canvases with floral subjects with a romantic mood, cherubs and written with hearts, favoring white and pastel colors for shabby chic, and brighter colors such as purple, yellow and blue for Provencal.
We conclude this series of styles with eclecticism, which brings together all the trends of recent decades.
In this case, you can combine paintings of different natures and inspiration, photographs and posters, graphics and paintings, abstract and figurative subjects. The important thing is to establish a common thread, a basic theme that links the various elements in a harmonious way. It can be a color, a material or an object: for example, in the following image, we have a mix of styles between the classic, the industrial and the ethnic.
Yet the result is decidedly appealing. All this thanks to the choice of the brown color, in different shades, which links together furnishings and accessories, including the classically inspired picture hanging above the sofa.
Quality paintings and wall decorations
In addition to the right style, for a satisfying result with a wow-effect, my advice is to choose quality products.
I have already told you about the incredible story of Bimago in a post; today I would like to focus on the particular production techniques of the canvases.
All the canvases are in excellent quality cotton, mounted on solid pine frames. It starts from the unique piece, painted by one of the artists who collaborate with Bimago, to print on canvas, up to the Premium Print® service.
This last service uses an innovative technique that combines printing with painting, and that gives a material rendering similar to that of an oil painting. In practice, the artist intervenes by spreading a special gel on the print, so as to bring out the elements of the composition.
Premium Print® is an exclusive technique developed by Bimago, which allows you to create unique and original prints, thanks to the final touch of an artist-painter.