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April 8, 2019 – Published in Design & Decor Spring 2019 issue

The role of art in an intended design space

​​Words Rachel Balzan Demajo – Interior designer at SAKS

We look at art through the eyes of an interior decorator, and seek to determine whether the painting dictates the style of the room or whether the room sets the tone for the art to come. Much is dependent on what collection of art the client has, if any, and if the client has his/her preferences for art as such, as well as any pre existing styling of the place in the case of a revamp, and the available wall space and light within the intended room. Various considerations that the designer must contend with, when setting out to create a mood board. After all, a mood board is an inspirational visual of the intended style, noting colours, images and feelings that can resonate with the client. Therefore if there is a set of paintings with which to work with, the designer must incorporate them into this overall effect, making it even more meaningful to the client and therefore more personal.


 A home’s interior design is defined by its details. Of course, the furniture, colour, and layout of every room must be cohesive and logical, but the smaller, often-overlooked facets of design – including the selection of art – are what really make a home unique and vibrant. Considering the walls of your residence as mere frames and dividing lines can lead to missed opportunities. While not every wall needs to be a gallery showcase, a piece of art that brings out certain shades and colours can utterly transform rather than simply decorate a room.


 Including art in your home allows you to make each of its spaces your own. There is only so much a sofa can say about you and your taste, but the paintings or sculptures you choose to display can make highly personal statements about how you perceive yourself and your place in the world. Choosing a piece of art that really reflects who you are and what you love takes a bit more work than simply finding something to match your armchairs, but the process will be as inspiring and engaging as the piece you eventually choose or commission.


People usually have an innate preference for art – landscapes, still lifes, nature, faces – there is usually a tendency for one style or another, one subject or another, and one artistic expression over an another. The freedom of the artist’s palette equates to the joyous discovery of the buyer’s experience. There is something for everyone and every room lends itself well to one artistic expression or another. Art can come in many different forms – paintings, photographs, murals, sculptures, mirrors – can all be used effectively as art within a space. Photographs or murals can provide a strong statement and also be a cost effective solution. The images selected can represent a corporate brand or a personal memory or experience. In this article we take a look at some of SAKS own eclectic collection of paintings and their backdrop for design purposes, whilst also appreciating art in other beautiful spaces. Working closely with a designer like SAKS can help bring out the art in your room or even embellish it.

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