Inspiration: Oversize Artwork

A friend who's preparing to move from an airy loft to a low ceiling-ed basement apartment recently lamented that she'd need to sell a favorite large scale painting. "I don't have the space, it'll cramp the room." "Not so!" I argued. The standard white box rental needs a little drama, and oversize artwork is just the thing to foot the bill. Here's why...

In general I like quiet spaces, and I'm not afraid of blank space. However, a dreary rental deserves a bright spot.

Oversize art creates a focal point. A space, especially a small, dark space lacking architectural interest begs for a place to rest your eyes and hold your attention. When that breath-taking view, floor to ceiling windows, or stunning fireplace are sorely lacking, turn to art and make it big! Artwork is already often one of the most important design elements in a home, so why not allow it to be the focus?

We've talked about oversize pendant lights and oversize mirrors in small spaces, and like them, oversize artwork gives the right kind of weight and importance to a room. In a multi-purpose room it can act as an anchor for a particular conversation zone. Think of it as the wall version of a decorative rug, it delineates space without the use of walls.

Are you convinced?

(Images: 1: Angus Fergusson, 2: via Design Fragment , 3: Design Sponge, 4: House Beautiful, 5: Martha Stewart, 6: Patricia Gray, 7: VT Vonen via Pinkwallpaper, 8: Tobi Fairely)