A Thousand Words

One of our staffers spent a delightful day at the Metropolitan Museum of Art over the weekend and returned to the office this morning inspired by the masterpieces on display in every room.

  • Some were moody.

    Thomas Eakins, “The Thinker”/Wikimedia

  • Some were relaxing.

    Claude Monet, La Grenouillère/Wikimedia

That got us to thinking about the effect artwork has in our homes and, by extension, on the people who inhabit them. So we gathered up some photos of spaces where artwork plays a major role in creating a mood.

  • The textured piece above the sofa draws attention and adds another element of texture and interest to this predominantly white room.

    Designer : Mark Polo. Photo by: Marco Ricca.

  • The orange in the artwork at the far end of the room picks up the orange in the bar stools.

    Photographed by Tim Proctor for the April/May issue of Design NJ. Designer: Donna Sirianni. Architects: Bol Architecture. Builder: Monetti Custom Homes.

  • The large, brightly colored abstract art might be overwhelming in a smaller space, but in this expansive foyer, it’s just the right size to make a bold statement.

    Photographer: Marco Ricca. Designer: Gleb Belyaev, MO..OW Design.

  • The colors in this piece coordinate beautifully with the wood steps and slate floor in this foyer.

    Photo by: Peter Kubilus. Architect: Gary Rosard.

We love that the artwork in these rooms reflects individual tastes and preferences. While we certainly wouldn’t want to live in a museum, we do think surrounding ourselves with art that speaks to us personally and complements the ambience in our homes sounds pretty appealing.