Houzz is the new way to design your home.
Normally I don't like to see anything sitting in a windowsill. It usually just makes a place look cluttered. But the deep windowsill of this arched window is a perfect spot for this collection of tiny sculpted wings. Seems to me like a bunch of angels in a church window.
The wall art here is a little out of the norm because it is painted right on the wall. I also like that they placed it all to one side instead of centering it above the bed.
This painting is an unusual diptych slashed diagonally to separate the pieces.
This grid of tiny prints with large white matting is made more interesting by the unexpected inclusion of two pictures with black backgrounds.
I usually tell people not to hang their art too high. It's one of the most common mistakes people make when hanging art. But here, with a second floor loft open to the lower room, the extra-high placement of the art allows it to be appreciated from both levels.
Instead of pedestals on the floor, or a table holding all of these sculptures, this collection is mounted on pedestals that project from the wall at varying heights. It's a very interesting way to display them and to fill the wall even though none of the sculptures are very big.
This little leather hippopotamus is adorable in the living room and he doubles as a footstool.
At first glance, there seems to be nothing out of the ordinary about this lovely traditional entryway. Look closer. That is not the pet dog in the hall. It is a full-size sheep sculpture grazing on the hardwood. LOVE IT.
If you wondered what I meant by not taking decor and art so seriously all of the time, this is my best example. This portrait I shot of my husband making one of his legendary funny faces hangs in a place of honor in our entryway. I wish I had video footage of the looks on people's faces when they first step into our home. Jaws drop and there's dead silence for a beat before they burst out laughing. It amuses the living daylights out of us and sets the tone for a fun visit.
For this client in a live-work loft, we had a living area with 23-foot high ceilings. There wasn't money in the budget for a super large-scale work of art, so I found fabric that was orange with white wavy lines and suspended it on a rod from the ceiling. The panel itself is 14 feet tall.
This pair of puppets look like they may be valuable collector's items. Their display on this custom stand shows them off as sculpture.
Wall decals are fun and inexpensive forms of wall art. I could write a whole ideabook just on those. I've seen thumb print decals as large as 3 1/2 feet wide and 6 feet tall. Fun!
If you're a traveler, you may have some great finds from around the world. Try displaying one under a spotlight and on a pedestal for dramatic effect.
Nature is the most prolific artist, in my opinion. Find a beautiful natural object, place it on an appropriate pedestal and give it some space. Instant sculpture!
I wouldn't want to see a sawtooth shark proboscis coming my direction while scuba diving, but on pedestals and side by side on this chest, they look great!
There is so much to love about this room: the mixing of metallic finishes, a simple table paired with Klismos-inspired chairs, a traditional sideboard topped with gorgeous green lamps, and the sparkly chandelier overhead. But my eye keeps sneaking back to the abstract painting, which gives the room a contemporary flair.
This dining room provides a wonderful example of how periods overlap beautifully. Chinese chippendale chairs; a traditional oval table; a natural woven rug; an oversized but airy chandelier; intricate wainscotting and moldings; and abstract paintings on the far wall tell us there is nothing predictable about the client or the designer.
Put all the focus on a show-stopping piece of art above a fireplace and between built-ins, as was done in this beachy living room. The colors in the painting are repeated in the furnishings and finishes, but the subject matter and composition make it stand out on its own.
A play of scale makes this vignette successful. We are accustomed to seeing a larger mirror over an entry table with, perhaps, some nearby artwork. Tracery Interiors upended our expectations with a sizable abstract painting hung above a demure but punchy console, polished off with a tiny tabletop mirror. The composition isn't cluttered, but it is surely multi-layered and exciting.
A little goes a long way; abstract and/or modern art doesn't always have to be large in scale. The small pieces above this headboard speak volumes in their coordinating colors. The room is at once cozy, fresh and exciting.
A variety of colors and subtle textures abound here, and the ethereal painting over the cabinet helps bring it all together. The painting is prominent without being overwhelming, providing a lovely opportunity for the shapely chair, floor lamp and chest to shine.
I know I rag on about being too matchy-matchy, but there are exceptions to my (personal) no-matching rule. Bold artwork doesn't always have to be boldly presented. In this expertly-composed room, the abstract painting blends in with the monochromatic warm tones of the wall, drapery, sofa and rug.
Several elements work to make this dining room lively and glamorous, but that highly stylized, expressionist painting really personalizes the space, giving onlookers a little insight into the homeowner's wide range of interests.
Small-scale, light artwork contrasts with the dark, heavy furniture in this living room, while the untraditional spacing of the work above the sofa gives the whole room a more whimsical feel.
Lauren and Kyle Zerbey made a leaf-like sculpture in their bathroom out of recycled toilet paper rolls. You can do the same with this tutorial from Growing Up Creative.
See more of the Zerbey's home in their Houzz Tour.
See more of the Zerbey's home in their Houzz Tour.
Give an old table an upgrade — and make breakfast far more fun — with this tutorial for creating a chalkboard tabletop.
Make an impact on your walls with an all-over stencil in a bright and cheerful shade. See How to Use an All-Over Wall Stencil.
Michelle Hinckley transformed an old mirror into the bulletin board shown here. Get the how-to on her blog, Three Men and a Lady.
A collection of Eames chairs and a bright and cheerful painting, called “Lady in Red” by artist Gerdine Duijsens, jazz up the simple dining area.
The concept works from the inside looking out as well; views of the beautiful yard can be enjoyed from all over the house.
Your turn: Have you made art a showstopping centerpiece in your home?