The artistic home: how to weave artwork into your interiors

How to use artistic effects – as seen on Black Edition’s fabrics and wallcoverings – for a home that feels creative and inspiring

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The worlds of art and interior design have long been intertwined. Think of the grand country houses of the 18th century, with their hand-painted Chinoiserie silk wall hangings, or the panoramic wallpapers fashionable in the early 19th century, which brought exotic vistas of cities and jungles into people’s homes in the era before photography.

Historically, the world’s major style movements have seen no boundaries between art and design – the icons of the Arts & Crafts and Bauhaus movements, for instance, shifted freely between the two, with painters working alongside furniture designers, architects and textile artists.

Artists who have designed for the home represent every imaginable form and style, from Picasso’s unique ceramics to sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s minimalist coffee tables. Today’s thriving trend for ‘design-art’ – pieces that fuse functional furniture with sculpture – ensures that the art world continues to influence how modern interiors look. What’s more, many contemporary interior designers use art as a starting point for their creations, whether it’s a colour palette borrowed from a pattern inspired by a traditional technique like watercolour. Here are some of the most impactful and original ways you can bring art into your home.

Surface beauty

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Art for the home is about so much more than paintings and prints. Wallcoverings and fabrics can be art forms in their own right – Black Edition’s collections, for example, often take their cue from fine art. This family-run company, which is part of the Romo Group, designs its patterns in-house, using innovative techniques and materials to translate inspirations from fashion, 20th-century art and global crafts. The new ‘Zafaro’ collection features velvets, linens and jacquard weaves with patterns influenced by abstract watercolours. Combined with matching wallcoverings in soft, harmonising colours, these can be used in endless different ways – on a bold scale for an art mural-style effect, or as subtler brushstrokes on cushions and curtains. Juxtaposing large and small repeating patterns creates a dynamic, rhythmic look that recalls an art installation.

Art translated

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While many Black Edition designs are influenced by creativity, some even start life as real artwork, which are then deftly reinterpreted for walls and upholstery. Contemporary impressionist artist Jessica Zoob’s ‘Desire’ collection translates her Monet-esque artworks onto fabric, wallcoverings and oversized linen panels (the latter look magical displayed as a tactile alternative to conventional art canvases).

Elsewhere, the new ‘Nuala’ collection evokes the dazzling effects of op art, with polka dots and zigzags dancing across metallic yarns, velvets and satins in a sumptuous interplay of light and shade. This layered effect is akin to the chiaroscuro (‘light-dark’) technique long beloved of master artists.

Beyond the frame

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Imagine yourself as an artist when decorating a room, thinking of every object within as a way to indulge your creativity. A framed artwork doesn’t have to be a painting: rugs and wall tapestries can play this role if you choose designs on a bold scale and look for patterns with borders that have a framing effect. Even a mirror with a spectacular surround has a picturesque quality.

Fabrics can be framed like artwork or used to adorn dividing screens – Black Edition’s dramatic designs are ideal for this. For a different texture, why not look to tiles and mosaics? Instead of restricting them to bathrooms and kitchens alone, use them to create an artistic feature wall, whether the design is figurative or abstract.

Three-dimensional thinking

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Any object in your home can assume a sculptural character as the shape of furniture can really highlight the design of the whole space. Display strikingly shaped artisan crafts, such as glass and ceramics, as the centrepiece on a table or sideboard. This is a great way to create a focal point in a room. Elevate a display cabinet to the status of objet d’art by covering the shelf backs in wallpaper for a luxurious look. Think beyond the obvious: even bedlinen is the perfect canvas for expressive, art-inspired patterns.

The power of contrasts

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Maximalism is in vogue, so take a free-spirited approach to creating contrasts. Don’t be afraid to clash geometrics with florals, or pictorial prints with abstract motifs. The intricate geometric-weave ‘Tiano’ fabric from Black Edition’s new ‘Nuala’ collection is a beautiful choice while the diamond-patterned ‘Matiko’ velvet in the ‘Zafaro’ collection forms an intriguing counterpoint to the ‘Otoko’ flock wallcovering with its soft, cloud-like dots.


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