Interior design art small & large rooms

Art is a fantastic addition to any space. Whether it’s a corporate office or a cosy home, art can be an integral part of interior design. What’s more – it’s an important way of injecting the space with a unique feel and an effortless way to add personality to your interiors.

However, selecting the right interior design art can be tricky. As well as choosing pieces that complement the style and colour palette, you’ll want to ensure the size complements the space. With this in mind, take a look at our top tips for using interior design art in large and small spaces:

1. Break Up Wall Space with Impactful Art

If larger rooms have an expansive section of wall, you can rely on interior design art to add meaning and visual texture to this blank canvas. Going big and bold will break up the wall space and draw the eye, while bringing the room together. Instead of choosing multiple smaller pieces, select a single, bold piece of interior design wall art.

‘Symmetrical Pop Engraving’ by Turkish artist, Gazi Sansoy, is a stunning example of artwork that can be used in this way. Inspired by Renaissance portraits, the use of bright colours against a more muted backdrop can bring a space to life and will certainly add vigour to expansive walls and bare spaces.

Symmetrical Pop Engraving - The original - Gazi Sansoy by Harris & Erel Art

2. Draw in Open Plan Spaces

Open plan living remains popular but vast spaces can leave homes feeling a little cold. If you want to enjoy open plan living with an added sense of cosiness, consider drawing in distinct zones. This can reflect the functionality of each space while giving each ‘zone’ its own unique identity. A transitionary colour palette will unify the space and allow for differentiation between zones.

Hanging wall art can be an inspired way to maximise the impact of informal zones in open plan spaces. Pieces by artist Joon Lee exemplify how this be achieved. Florida Summer is well-suited to invigorating, productive spaces, for example, while the more sedate tones of It’s a Bad Grape invite calmness and tranquillity. As both pieces are taken from the I Eat Colour and Talk in Shapes collection, their use of colour and style is harmonious and will, therefore, provide open plan spaces with design continuity. However, the differing colours used in the interior design wall art are perfectly suited to the varying functions and feel required in open plan environments.

It’s a bad grape - Joon Lee by Harris & Erel Art

3. Create a Focal Point in Smaller Rooms

If large interior design wall art is ideal in large spaces, small artwork should be used in smaller spaces, right? Not always. It’s easy to assume that large interior design art will overpower a small room but, in actual fact, the opposite is often true.

Successful interior design is all about scale and ‘upscaling’ in a small room can make it feel larger than it really is. By choosing an oversized piece to complete your interior design, you create an attention-grabbing focal point that can detract from the proportions of the room.

Of course, you may not have a large expanse of wall to use in a smaller room, but interior design wall art isn’t the only option. In smaller rooms, interior design art, such as lighting or flooring, can be just as impactful as hanging artwork.

The Mae West Vase Floor Lamp in Gold Plated Metal by Venini or the Sunrise Haze Rug in NZ Wool by Matthew Williamson shows how interior design art can be found in a variety of home accessories. By using artistically designed functional pieces in smaller rooms, you can incorporate artwork into your design and make the best use of the space available.

Sunrise Haze Rug in NZ Wool by Matthew Williamson

4. Add Height by Hanging Art Above Eye Level

If you’re going to use interior design wall art in smaller spaces, you can add height to the room by hanging pieces above eye level. This entices you to look upwards as you take in the artwork and, in turn, creates the illusion of extra vertical space.

It’s a matter of temperament not a strategy - Alejandra Morales by Harris & Erel Art

5. Inject Colour with Artwork

Art is an easy way to inject colour and personality into any space. Modern interior art, in particular, often features vibrant and bold colours that uplift a space and truly bring it to life. The use of bright, almost neon yellow, against a grey, black and white backdrop in Macrocosmos by Coskun Demirok showcases just how discreet a burst of colour can be.

Alternatively, choose prints and original artwork that are filled with colour, like Please Scream Inside Your Heart by Nina Hollington or Straight Road Through the Grass Gibraltar Point 2023 by Phill Hopkins, to enliven a space.

Please scream inside your heart - Nina Hollington by Harris & Erel Art

6. Anchor Transitionary Spaces with Art

Incorporating interior design art into well-used spaces, like living areas and bedrooms, seems like an obvious choice. After all, you’ll spend more time enjoying each piece if it’s featured in a room that you spend a lot of time in.

However, transitionary spaces, such as hallways and foyers, are sometimes overlooked when it comes to decoration and interior design, which can leave them feeling bland and unfinished. Although you may not spend much time in these areas, their impact on your overall interior is significant and using artwork in these areas ensures that your interior design extends throughout the home.

Choosing pieces that inject warmth, such as Petits Pas by Henri Abraham, Brutta Figura Viiii by Colette Lavette or Harem Party by Belmin Pilevneli, will allow interior design wall art to elevate a transient space and add character and style to high-traffic areas in the home.

Brutta Figura Viiii - Colette Lavette by Harris & Erel Art

Selecting Art for Your Home

Many people are hesitant about selecting art for the home, but there really is no need to be. In the same way that home accessories should enhance your interior design, artwork is a key element of your unique interior. By choosing pieces that inspire, calm, or motivate you, as well as complement your design style, you can ensure that you’re always surrounded by moving artwork that uplifts you and completes your interior design.