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Create a Bedroom Look from an Artwork

Create a Bedroom Look from an Artwork

A piece of art is a great starting point to build a colour palette for a room in your home. It doesn’t have to be a single piece of art; it could be a wall of photographs or a series of prints. If you have a lovely view rather than an artwork this can also be another way to connect the inside of your home to the beautiful outdoors. To find your look – you’ve got to really LOOK.

So what do you need to think about?

Here is a recap from Style Series VI with Katherine Wills of Katherine Wills interiors

  1. Really look at a piece of art and what it is made up of:
    Colours, textures, balance, hierarchy and focal point.
  2. What else is in the space that you need to consider?
    Think flooring, wall colours, sofa fabric or a favourite cushion or throw.
  3. Map out your colours and their proportions – proportions change how colours and textures interact. So, what are the main body, secondary colours, and what are the highlights?  You could even list them from the boldest to the most subtle, or by volume and impact they have.
  4. Have some fun with it. There are no rights or wrongs – it’s about focusing on what you want to pull out from the piece of art to tie it into your space.

Building a story from Amelia Anderson’s ‘Two Dicky Birds’ print.

The image above is a great example – every item that has been added to the bed has been considered in relation to the art itself.

  1. Wattle flowers – there is only a hint of yellow in the beaks of the ‘Two Dicky Birds’. This colour has been drawn out of the print by adding flowers in a similar tone.
  2. The soft grey tone of the feathers – this colour can be seen in the use of the soft dove grey bed linen, the Black Betty feather cushion, and in the dark markings in the Messmate Timber of the bedframe.
  3. White background – this has been mirrored as the base bed linen colour. White is a great base for bed linen. White makes most colours ‘pop’ as well as reflecting lots of light which can make a space feel light and airy.
  4. Playing with texture – feathers are very textured and tactile. You can mix up textures, prints and weaves to add depth and interest to a space. The Gazelle rug from Armadillo&Co is adding lots of texture and warmth to this space, which helps to soften the timber frame and the graphic nature of the print. Its varied colour mimics the variation in colour of the feathers.
  5. Feathers – adding the Black Betty feather cushion adds to the softness and feel of the space. It’s an easy building block from the print but is made more subtle by featuring much darker feathers.


Still not sure where to start?

Send us some photos of your art and your space and we can help you build your own palette or choose an Amelia Anderson print to work from.

Clockwise: Armadillo & Co Gazelle rug, Amelia Anderson for southwood Black Betty Cushion, southwood block velvet cushion, Teixidors Earth throw, Bemboka quilt in dove, southwood Curve bed in messmate.