10 Ways To Transform a Room With A Single Painting!

I love reading your comments – it adds so much to the post and more often than not someone will point out something I haven’t noticed and I’ll look a the home tour from a new perspective. Yesterday,  for example, someone pointed out that there was no art on the walls – and it was in no means meant as a negative – more an observation that a home without art can also be interesting.  So today, I thought I would go to the opposite extreme and take a look at how a single painting can transform a space. When I was writing my first book, Modern Pastoral, the photographer James Gardiner and I captured a beautiful home in the Hudson Valley designed by Jersey Ice-cream Company. One of the things I noticed about the work of Tara Mangini & Percy Bright is how they apply art (mainly portraits, but also landscapes and still life) to bring the look together. Here are ten fine examples:

I found this fascinating, how about you?
Did you have a favourite?
It has totally spurred me on to look out for more original art for my walls. These are often good sources: 
Flea markets
Charity shops
Ebay
Do you have any other suggestions on where to source original portrait paintings? Perhaps some wonderful, modern artists?
I’m going to need to be careful though – there was a painting in my childhood home of my great, great, great grandfather who was an Admiral. My Mother used to have to cover it up with a sheet at night because my sisters and I were so afraid of it! There was something about the way his eyes followed you around the room. Did you have any paintings like that in your home? 
Niki
Photography courtesy of Jersey Ice-cream Company  / some credited to Beth Kirby
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I love reading your comments – it adds so much to the post and more often than not someone will point out something I haven’t noticed and I’ll look a the home tour from a new perspective. Yesterday,  for example, someone pointed out that there was no art on the walls – and it was in no means meant as a negative – more an observation that a home without art can also be interesting.  So today, I thought I would go to the opposite extreme and take a look at how a single painting can transform a space. When I was writing my first book, Modern Pastoral, the photographer James Gardiner and I captured a beautiful home in the Hudson Valley designed by Jersey Ice-cream Company. One of the things I noticed about the work of Tara Mangini & Percy Bright is how they apply art (mainly portraits, but also landscapes and still life) to bring the look together. Here are ten fine examples:

I found this fascinating, how about you?
Did you have a favourite?
It has totally spurred me on to look out for more original art for my walls. These are often good sources: 
Flea markets
Charity shops
Ebay
Do you have any other suggestions on where to source original portrait paintings? Perhaps some wonderful, modern artists?
I’m going to need to be careful though – there was a painting in my childhood home of my great, great, great grandfather who was an Admiral. My Mother used to have to cover it up with a sheet at night because my sisters and I were so afraid of it! There was something about the way his eyes followed you around the room. Did you have any paintings like that in your home? 
Niki
Photography courtesy of Jersey Ice-cream Company  / some credited to Beth Kirby
Affiliate links marked with *





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