10 Art Pieces from the Small/Cool Experience That We Want to Add to Our Homes
The Small/Cool Experience at Home is bringing 20 trends to life by 20 designers—all in less than 120 square feet. Check out the whole virtual experience online and at @apartmenttherapy on Instagram from May 15-17. Thank you to our sponsors BEHR, Amazon Handmade and Tuft & Needle for making this experience possible.
Our first Small/Cool Experience launched in May, but we’re still finding tons of inspiration from the trends featured in it. Aside from the variety of gorgeous rugs and boho decor, all the different art pieces the designers curated for their rooms are providing some serious eye candy—and motivation to expand our own art collections. Since art can be tricky to buy (especially if you’re not sure what your style is), we rounded up some of our favorite finds from the Small/Cool Experience that’ll look good on their own or on a gallery wall.
1. Soft Coral Print
Crystals are here to stay, but there are plenty of less obvious ways to incorporate the trend in your own space. Abbe Fenimore chose this abstract piece by Caryn Owen for her Crystal Influence room, and it’s a perfect complement to the rose quartz color scheme and luxe decor.
Buy: Soft Coral Print, starts at $24 from Minted
2. Farm House Print
All in on the cottagecore trend? Emily Henderson’s Eclectic English room is all about contemporary cottage style, with dark hues and quirky decor touches. Instead of choosing dainty floral art, Henderson went with this Farm House piece by Lindsay Megahed, which perfectly captures the vintage cottage vibes.
Buy: Farm House Print, starts at $26 from Minted
3. World Is Your Oyster Print
The Dark Side room designed by Angela Belt is basically the opposite of the all-white spaces that have been so prevalent over the past few years. You don’t have to paint your walls black to embrace this trend, though—instead, try incorporating dark furniture and decor. This print from Rifle Paper Co. is a small way to start, and is an optimistic final touch to a home office or bedroom.
Buy: World Is Your Oyster Print, starts at $24 from Rifle Paper Co.
4. Where We Dream Print
Decorating for your Inner Child doesn’t have to be, well, childish—Max Humphrey’s room is full of poppy colors and playful design elements, and everything down to the art is downright fun. This print by Kristi Jackson inspires a feeling of freedom and an urge to daydream, both of which are exactly what you want to convey in a space full of wonder and whimsy.
Buy: Where We Dream Print, starts at $24 from Minted
5. Pieced Fabric Wall Art
Bringing the Outdoors In doesn’t have to mean loading up on plants—although that’s certainly recommended. Hilton Carter’s room is full of organic elements and a nature-inspired color palette, and to round out the theme he decided to forgo traditional prints and instead display this fabric wall art. Featuring a handcrafted medley of shapes and neutral colors, it’s a statement piece that isn’t demanding or loud.
Buy: Pieced Fabric Wall Art, $300 from West Elm
6. Avery Wall Mural
How’s this for statement art? Jennifer Carter’s Modern Heirlooms room is anchored by this gorgeous abstract wall mural by Parima Studio. It’s an easy (and low-risk) way to create a statement wall in your space without painting, as it’s completely removable.
Buy: Avery Wall Mural, starts at $275 from Minted
7. The Arts Capsule Framed Print – Judd
Opposites attract in Caitlin Murray’s High Contrast room, featuring a high-impact mix of patterns, colors, and trends. If you’re trying to up the contrast in your own space, choosing bold, playful art that sticks out is a great way to go. This framed print from West Elm makes a serious statement on its own, but when paired with other dark colors and textures, it’s a real showstopper.
Buy: The Arts Capsule Framed Print – Judd, $250 from West Elm
8. Balance No. 3 Print
Hard Lines, Soft Curves is all about balancing two opposing design elements, creating harmony but leaving plenty of room for playfulness. Mikel Welch curated an eclectic gallery wall in his room to embrace this trend, and one of the best pieces is this print by Lindsay Stetson Thompson. Using color and size to create balance, it explores that feeling of harmony and contrast in a very literal way.
Buy: Balance No. 3 Print, starts at $24 from Minted
9. Lily Pond Lane Canvas Print
More is more is more, and Jessica Brigham’s Maximalist Boho room is proof. Combining energizing colors and patterns with chill boho vibes, this is a trend that has something for everyone. Unlike a framed print, canvas art feels a bit more nontraditional and visually interesting, and this vintage-inspired piece by Beth Hoeckel perfectly captures the trend.
Buy: Lily Pond Lane Canvas Print, starts at
$99.99 $79.99 from Society6
10. Annette Handpainted Triptych
Say hello to Vintage Florals, and Dana Ferraro’s fresh take on the timeless trend. Instead of large-scale floral motifs, Ferraro’s room features smaller, ’70s-inspired botanicals in soft color palettes. The biggest statement here is the hand painted oil triptych from Frontgate, which perfectly captures the trend and sets the tone for the entire space.
Buy: Annette Handpainted Triptych,
$1599 $1279.20 from Frontgate