How Art Can Finish a Room

Bedroom with large painting

When designing a room, every designer and homeowner knows there are many layers. Of course there are the walls, floors, and windows. Then you have your large furniture pieces, and your lighting, and your rugs. You also have accessories and soft goods. And then finally you have your art pieces. All of these layers play a very important role in turning a room into a space you love. Oftentimes though, the art is one of the last pieces brought into the room, and we actually find it can be the most transformative layer of them all!

Bedroom without any art

We’ve seen this time and time again in the rooms we put together for our catalog. That final flourish, the wall art, takes a space that’s pretty to a soaring new level! So, we thought we’d show you some spaces from our newest upcoming catalog, and how they transformed once we hung art in them.

In the space above you probably see a perfectly lovely room. The colors are restful, the patterns work together beautifully, the lighting is dramatic. There’s personality to the space.

Bedroom with large painting

But once we add a painting over the fireplace, the room really comes alive. Everything blends together so much better, and the space just feels much more impactful, don’t you think?

Breakfast area before adding art

Similarly, in this butler’s pantry, you have a beautiful space. It feels open, airy, and functional. But let’s see it after we add a piece of art over the buffet.

Breakfast area with painting hanging over buffet

With a dramatic art piece, the whole space feels so much homier! It takes the room from something that works, to somewhere you want to spend time.

Blue bedroom without over the headboard

Finally, we’re sharing this blue bedroom. There’s plenty of color and personality to boot! Nothing feels like it’s missing, but wait until we add a diptych over the bed!

Blue bedroom with art over the headboard

Two simple art pieces give a finished look to the space. While the room was perfectly lovely without the art, these two pieces really take the whole bedroom to the next level. It feels so much warmer and more welcoming!

Art is a must for every single room in your home. Things just don’t feel finished until you have art and wall decor to tie everything together. Whether it’s a piece you bring in as that final flourish, or it’s a cherished piece you build an entire room around, we hope you’ll take extra care in working artwork into your spaces. It’s one of our decorating essentials, so we hope you’ll make it one of yours too!

Explore more ways to bring art into your space by watching our Art 101 series, and seeing all of the art-related blogposts on How to Decorate.

How to Decorate Team

We enjoy spending days interacting with How to Decorate readers. From answering Design Dilemmas to writing How To articles and working with guest designers, our passion is to provide informative and accurate resources to help people solve their design problems.


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    May 8, 2015

    I’m so excited to find your decorating blog! I love Ballard’s products, and to see them used in different ways while at the same time getting tips and explanations for how and why they work in a room is blog heaven! Thank you:)

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      Caroline @ How to Decorate

      May 19, 2015

      We’re so happy to hear that, Kim!

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    Cynthia @ her lovely nest

    April 15, 2015

    what a great post, you guys do have the most beautiful art. they’re all so elegant.