This incredibly designed contemporary loft in downtown Houston, Texas has been designed by interior design firm Kristina Wilson Design. With exposed concrete ceilings and brick wall in the living room, this open plan home has plenty of fabulous industrial features. There is also beautiful wooden flooring throughout and eclectic details, exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere for the homeowner and guests.
Kristina Wilson Design’s unique approach to interior design and eclectic use of patterns and materials are a reflection of Kristina’s colorful personality. Her style and demeanor are best described as bold, clever and concise, making KWD a favorite amongst national and international clients. KWD is focused on being an accessible, honest and fearless interior design leader in an industry filled with vagueness and ambiguities.
Photos: Courtesy of Kristina Wilson Design
This vibrant and colorful 1800s Victorian three story home is situated in the gorgeous Uptown area of New Orleans, designed by architectural designer Marie Palumbo. Anything but ordinary, a couple with their three young kids, a dog, cat and a bird take up residence here. The 6,000 square foot, four bedroom, four full bathroom plus two half bath residence features walls with colorful artwork and original classic pocket doors, eclectic furniture and timeless heirlooms in each room. With the help of the local designer, Marie Palumbo, the couple was able to completely renovate the kitchen, re-purposed some rooms and transformed their backyard into an outdoor oasis to better equip the unique structure for their family’s needs, without losing the home’s original charm. “You never know how you are going to live in a house until you are actually in it,” says the homeowner.
For extra storage, Palumbo designed a full pullout pantry with baskets — visible behind Crystal, the family’s bird.
The kitchen leads into a colorful living room, connected to a sunroom through original French doors. The family considers their sunroom a bonus room, where built-ins and a plush sofa allow for reading and relaxing.
Traditional pocket doors on the right open up into the family’s formal dining room.
The dining room is enclosed by original pocket doors and dressed in more traditional furniture and artwork.
This second living room, between the dining room and foyer, has bold art and furniture that’s mostly from local artists and designers.
Artwork, creative accessories and large Victorian-style windows all face the foyer, giving the more formal living room a warm and inviting feel.
The first-floor guest bathroom off the foyer displays wallpaper inspired from calling cards passed down through generations of the designer Angèle Parlange’s family.
The original staircase, accessorized with two traditional portraits, leads to the second-floor bedrooms.
The original master bedroom and study were re-purposed into two bedrooms for the kids.
Palumbo designed this custom built-in closet and dresser in one room, and then drew up a bathroom plan for the space where the original master closet was.
Once the study, this room now features cowboy-print fabrics, a vintage rocking horse and timeworn furniture for the youngest.
Timeless heirlooms, like this desk from the homeowner’s mother, add subtle charm to the son’s room. To freshen up traditional things, contemporary items are mixed in.
The beige penny tile in the guest bathroom adds warmth to the bathroom’s clean lines. The console table, originally from Mexico, was purchased in Mississippi. The vintage red chair traveled with the family from Minnesota.
Down the hall from the kids’ rooms, the master bedroom showcases the homeowner’s eclectic style. As in other parts of the house, the white linens and calming paint color create a platform for the artwork and bright pillows to stand out against.
Palumbo reconfigured the entire layout of the new master bath to make it seem like a natural extension of the bedroom.
Traditional art, a new layout and modern hardware gave the master bathroom an update while preserving the traditional details. Vertical marble walls enclose the shower. A custom vanity was made to look like a piece of furniture.
A wrought iron gate, with the look of a French balcony, protects the original bathroom windows.
The third story features built-in twin beds, bookshelves and finished bathroom. The homeowner’s added a drum set, a small puppet stand, colorful bedding, a television and a video game setup to create the perfect entertainment area for family and guests.
Clean lines and modern hardware give this small bathroom a fresh look. A narrow staircase in the back of the house connects all three floors.
The guesthouse connects to the main house; it has an outdoor living space and dining area.
Palumbo reconstructed a once-outdoor kitchen into a one-bedroom suite pool house with a bathroom.
The porch has a small circular tower and wraps around the front of the home. Large floor-to-ceiling windows face the neighborhood.
Much like the city of New Orleans itself, this 1800s Victorian home has a historic and traditional exterior, but a vibrant charm radiates behind the doors.
Photos: Corynne Pless
Creating an art gallery wall in your home to transform it into a stylish place to live is an ambitious and achievable design project, all you need to know is where to start. Surround your home with large collections of art and photographs that will add style and color to your walls. It always makes a big impact visually and can be accomplished even on a small budget, if you’re creative. If you don’t have any art collections for a gallery wall, try picking up some unique finds at flea markets, auctions, yard sales, craigslist and mix them with a few key pieces that you have purchased from a store or from travels. You can also use old calendars and magazine photos and frame them, or pictures that you have taken and increase their size and have them framed. If you don’t want to pay for expensive framing, there are plenty of inexpensive options such as using an old window to frame objects, check out one of our articles on Creative Decorating Ideas for Old Windows for some ideas. Have a look through our extensive collection of images for inspiration and tips on different ways that you can create your own art gallery wall. Don’t forget to let us know which one most inspires you and tell us why!
In the above picture, the art grouping helps to balance the tall photograph and help bridge the distance between the furniture and the ceiling in what is obviously a tall space.
Rules of Thumb for Hanging Art Work
- For a single piece of art, the center of the image should be at 56″ – 60″ from the floor, which places it at eye level. The larger the piece of art, the closer to 56″ it should be.
- When hanging two pieces of artwork, one above another, treat them as one large picture – find the center point between them and use the 56″ – 60″ rule.
- For larger pieces of art hung on the same wall, use a spacing of about 2″ between them. Smaller pieces can be hung a little closer together.
- When hanging art pieces above a sofa or other piece of furniture, the grouping should ideally be about 2/3 the width of the furniture below it. (For example, if an art grouping is being hung over a 60″ sofa, the ideal grouping would about 40″ in length.)
- When hanging artwork over a sofa or other piece of furniture, leave 4″- 8″ of space between the top of the sofa/furniture and the bottom of the art. No higher!
This art gallery wall was designed by Emma from the blog “A Beautiful Mess“. Her tip for designing an art gallery wall is the following:
Choose Art You Love. If you are planning to hang a gallery wall in your home, don’t feel like you have to make it look like anyone else’s. You can include original art, art prints, kiddo art, family photos, personal photo projects or even found objects that get framed in shadow boxes (if needed). Hang what you love and what has meaning to you. If it helps you to get choosing with your color scheme then pick your color story before you start purchasing art or printing photos. You can use the color of the photo frames to help tie everything together if needed (like how I used all black frames).
Here is another clever idea that Emma had to plan out her art gallery wall. She cut out the shapes out of each frame with poster board and taped them to the wall. This way they can be moved around for placement to get the arrangement that you are looking for before hanging your art and creating unnecessary holes in your wall. Here is her sources for where she found her artwork with the excepting of personal photos and Polaroids: a pug portrait made by Hope (Katie’s sweet daughter), prints from UO, Pretty Little Thieves, Clare Elsaesser, Lisa Congdon, Vivienne Strauss, Hands Workshop, Ashley Goldberg and United Thread.
Create a Theme. Themed walls can be appropriate in certain contexts. A nautical inspired art wall in a beach house incorporates found objects such as oars and decorative fish hangings in a blue and white color scheme.
Create an Eclectic Mix. Most gallery walls feature an eclectic mix of modern art, old photographs, small prints and random items. Our personalities are so multi-faceted that the gallery wall becomes a reflection of everything we like and want to share with our visitors. Anything and everything can make the cut in a colorful and mixed collection of interesting images and objects.
This photo grouping works well with high ceilings, bringing down the ceiling height as well as adding visual interest. When choosing a mat for photographs, go with a wider mat (more than three inches wide) in white or off-white for a crisp look. It will look sleek and contemporary in a gallery-like grouping.
Picture Rail Displays. Picture rails are a great way to display collections of small images or photos. You get the effect of the gallery wall without committing to one composition and many nail holes. You can easily rotate images by swapping out the frames only.
Create a Personal Space. A combination of picture rails, mirrors, and typography make for a nice arrangement that feels very personal to this family.
The living room is a great space for a wall art gallery. It’s usually the largest room in the house so it has big walls. So you can even cover an entire wall if you have enough materials. You can combine frames portraits with painted artwork.
A gallery wall looks great above a sofa. The horizontal furniture piece begs for large horizontal art above. A gallery wall allows you to create a large display out of smaller images for a fraction of the cost of one giant and expensive piece. Note the clean horizontal edge along the bottom that unifies and contains the collection.
You could also use more than just one wall. You can two adjacent walls from the living room for example. Create a cozy sitting corner and delineate the space with the help of wall art. It’s a nice idea especially if you also have a sectional that goes along those walls.
Draw Inspiration from your Gallery Wall. Gallery walls do inspire. You can start one above a desk/work area and center it around a framed memo board. The memo board becomes a constantly changing mini-gallery that fits in with the larger composition.
Have a Showcase Wall. A good gallery wall should be able to grow and grow without anyone being able to tell where it started. If you are keen on starting one, make sure you picked a large wall so you aren’t limited in your search for small and beautiful framed images.
You can mix and combine all sorts of various artwork. For example, you can display painting along with framed photos, DIY pieces and even posters. This is an example of an eclectic wall art gallery with a casual look and a mix of colors, textures, styles and designs.
The homeowner filled a gallery wall on the second floor by the staircase landing with vintage prints, Etsy finds and a skull.
Symmetrical Art. Achieve a controlled look with horizontal rows of identically sized frames. This approach is less organic and more architecturally minded.
Black and white family photos makes for a beautiful art gallery collection in the hallway and keeps memories alive.
By displaying artwork on a white wall you allow the elements showcased to stand out more. There are no distractions of any kind and the eye only focuses on what’s displayed on the wall. If you want you can also accessorize that part of the room with matching white furniture.
Larger Art Mixed with Smaller Prints. It turns out you actually do have one large-format piece of art to display above your sofa, but you still yearn for a gallery wall for some of your smaller images. Here is a nice example of how that can be achieved with a balanced and symmetrical arrangement.
The use of crisp white mats unifies a colorful gallery of framed pieces of art. The consistent band of color will also add height and width to each piece, allowing your eye to focus on each individual piece of art.
We saved this eclectic media room for last; it’s an impressive gallery wall that showcases memories of the family who lives here. What do you think, do you love the idea or do you find it cluttered and chaotic?
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Marrickville House a bright and colorful project designed by David Boyle Architect, situated in Marrickville, a suburb of Sydney, Australia. The scope of the project includes constructing two semi-detached homes as a contemporary infill development. The houses were designed to have two different floor plans to fit with the site’s orientation as well as the client brief to have one of the houses to live in and the other to rent or sell to offset construction costs.
From the architects: “The floor and ceiling levels have been modulated to create a series of interlocking spaces yielding to the aspect and light to maximize the perception of space. Spaces are carved to provide a backdrop to the owner’s eclectic collection of furniture and artwork culminating in a gallery like living room space opening out to an elevated deck and yard. Skylights and mezzanine bedroom spaces blur the boundaries of the central living area and provide light and ventilation to the compact building footprint.”
“Simple, cost effective construction materials add a layer of texture to the design and comply with acoustic building requirements under the airport flight path. The external building form has been carved to include negative spaces including; the entry verandah, covered courtyard and covered rear deck. These spaces are expressed through material or color variation.”
“Passive environmental design principals of orientation, daylight and cross ventilation underpin the design. Bricks salvaged from the existing house have been used to construct the central party wall, and these have been partly painted to provide a layer of texture and pattern to the interior. Recycled timber floors have been used in the living area, marmoleum in the kitchen and coia carpet for the upper level.”
“The project was Highly Commended in the Marrickville Medal for conservation from Marrickville Council 2012 and received a Residential Architecture Award in the NSW AIA awards 2012.”
Photos: Brigid Arnott
This industrial-eclectic loft is the home of designer and artist Alina Preciado and her two cats, situated in a 1800s industrial building in the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The 2,000 square foot loft with one bedroom and one bathroom mixes old and new pieces together, with findings that Preciado has picked up from her travels to places like Japan, Spain, India and the Middle East. The designer imports handmade goods for her business, Dar Gitane. “Dar” is Arabic for “home” and “gitane” is French for “gypsy”, which sums up Preciado’s personality. The loft was originally a woodshop, which has divots and scratches on the flooring, which has been preserved for its history.
The loft features an incredible flow with an open and airy floor plan, huge windows and high ceilings that keeps the space well lit. The home also has a hammock which Preciado spends a lot of time on, as well as a trapeze bar, perfect for stretching. The living room was a vintage leather sofa from the 1960s, the leaning ladder was obtained from a warehouse. The living area also has a large wood-burning stove with a double-insulated chimney, which is in keeping with the industrial theme as well as providing plenty of warmth in the winter months. A neat tip that Preiado does with her stove is place citrus peels on top and left the smell permeate through the home.
Collected pieces from around the world are displayed in the apartment, like this hundred-year-old metal incense burner from Morocco that sits on one of three metal tables bought in the Middle East. Preciado likes to burn sage in it.
Storage is tough to find in a New York City apartment, so Preciado built this storage space with a sleeping loft on top.
Preciado created a walled-off bedroom with curtains that lets sunshine in or can be closed for privacy.
An interesting piece of art adorns the wall of this bedroom which has been crafted from human hair by Preciado.
Small touches makes a place feel like home, like what is on display here. A perfect example of Preciado’s design philosophy of mixing new, old, found and designed objects under a collection of cloches.
The worktable was from the previous owner’s woodshop, fitting perfectly with Preciado’s style. The table has a ¼-inch-thick steel top, perfect for designing, since they are so sturdy, durable and flat.
One of the first things Preciado brought back for Dar Gitane was a grouping of one-of-a-kind teapot, which she now displays on open shelves in the kitchen.
Preciado preserved these 90-year-old leather dining chairs with the right conditioning, bringing them back to their original luster.
Preciado’s style extends tothisa spacious bathroom, where she includes simple touches from her travels. The bathtub is an architectural salvage. Preciado’s biggest design tip was to “introduce products into your home that are soulful”. Surround yourself with things that are not only beautiful but useful.
Photos: Chris A. Dorsey
This stunning modern beach house was built in 1969 in Amagansett, The Hamptons, New York State. The one-storey property showcases a central living/dining area, kitchen, media room, master suite, three further bedrooms and two bathrooms. The home is designed with a modernist vibe while feeling incredibly raw and rustic. The living room is flanked by modern artwork and period photographs and curious, the storage alcove for the logs creates an eye-catching focal point. The Manila rope ceiling helps to conceal mounted speakers. Wood cladding gives the living room a cozy, cabin-like feel. Via
The heavy, rustic-style farmhouse table has been custom-made from white oak salvaged from a barn. A period chandelier gives the room a medieval feel, while modern artwork and tribal patterns provide a mix-and-match eclectic element.
A linen sofa and driftwood accessories gives the media room a relaxed look.
This timber and glass kitchen has a classic Mediterranean feel. Designed to keep the modernist vibe, while still feeling incredibly raw and rustic. This textured stone-and-wood palette with a few mid-century pieces thrown in is a delightful mix of old and new.
This subtle modern bedroom scheme was inspired by the artwork on the wall. The room features a silk turquoise rug and walls painted in pale mint green.
The rope used to create the blind adds a nautical feel to the contemporary bathroom scheme.The antique pine vanity unit features leather strap handles and a soapstone countertop.
Photos: Matthew Williams
This beautiful home, spotted on Nuevo Esitlo, is situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina, designed as a house for family life for owners Paula Cahen d’Anver and Federico Álvarez Castillo. Both designers and owners of the high-end fashion company Etiqueta Negra (Black Label) in Argentina. A few kilometers from Buenos Aires, construction of the 1970s home, was captivated by the intense relationship between interior and exterior spaces. Towards the street, the building is presented with a traditional facade, straight lines and sober appearance. But on the back opens without reservation to the garden and the vast green expanse of a neighboring polo field.
After a carefully selected reform, the home is full of spaciousness, luminosity and, above all, without hindrance of the environment perception: “You feel nature fully, notes its changes from the living room and that’s very cute,” says Paula. During rehabilitation, some parts of the facades gave way to glass and thus, with the window walls as a distinctive sign, the garden joins with the interior spaces as a main element. In addition, created one of the most valued by the owner’s environments, the porch, where family and friends pass time and connecting without transitions with the pool.
Added to the original construction, a partially covered patio that has been articulated by different seating areas. Awnings help to provide outdoor shaded areas from the hot sun.
Inside each detail has taken care. Paula and Federico, as fashion designers who are experienced with tones and textures, have infused personality and articulate spaces as both comfortable and eclectic. Woven fresh, quality materials, small objects and details make the difference and a taste by the mixture that makes living parts of current design and vintage that stands out in an immaculate order, punctuated by pops of intense color.
This incredible loft space has been designed by Daleet Spector Design in Marina Del Rey, California. With an eclectic, industrial, modern design style, the home features charming details with high ceilings and a bold color palette. The flooring throughout the main living spaces is polished concrete.
The rolling island has been custom designed to fit the space. The unique light fixture hanging from above is from Restoration Hardware.
The unique wallpaper featured in this bathroom is refreshing and playful, its hand silkscreened using water based inks on recycled paper by artist Geoff McFetridge for Pottock.
This elegant expression of a modern western style home combines a rustic regional exterior with a refined contemporary interior in Cherry Hills Village a suburb of Denver, Colorado. The Cherry Hills residence has been designed by Ekman Design Studio in collaboration with interior design firm Comstock Design. The client’s private art collection is embraced by a combination of modern steel trusses, stonework and traditional timber beams. Generous expanses of glass allow for view corridors of the mountains to the west, open space wetlands towards the south and the adjacent horse pasture on the east.
Photos: Ron Ruscio Photography
This stunning TriBeCa, New York loft has been designed by Deborah French Designs with a very eclectic, yet cohesive, mix of textures, colors, periods, and styles. Designed as her personal home, the designed has traveled extensively during her life, especially throughout Europe and Asia and therefore incorporated elements from both, as they are integral to who she is and how she has personally evolved both aesthetically and spiritually. Deborah has woven together styles from a diverse mix of history and cultures, including Italy, Morocco, India, France, China, America, Afghanistan, and Africa, creating an environment that is both warm and welcoming yet, at the same time, sophisticated and elegant. Her integration of both ‘high and low’ components within the various elements of the design is a critical factor in creating this perfect balance. No matter where one looks the eye is always pleased and the soul soothed. “Once inside, no one ever wants to leave,” she says.