Apparently the master painter known for his Impressionist artistry also left quite an impression on his guests at Giverny, where the visual impact of the indoor entertaining spaces at Monet's home of 43 years rivaled those famous gardens.
When one thinks of French master painter Claude Monet, the first thing that usually comes to mind is the iconic water lilies of his Impressionist paintings. But apparently Monet also had a keen eye for interior design, as this Architectural Digest house tour clearly shows.
Decades ahead of his time, Monet was using bold, vibrant, brightly colored wall paint and matching tile work for stunning effects.
"A master of the color wheel, Monet knew how to perfectly pair blue-and-white Rouen tiles with copper pots and utensils for maximum contrast in the kitchen," AD writes.
The adjacent dining room is equally forward in its palette. The luminous yellow walls and chairs were, perhaps unsurprisingly, quite uncharacteristic for the time. As if the color were not enough, Monet finished the space with a red-and-white checkered floor. It was here that he hung his collection of Japanese woodblock prints—a major inspiration for the artist.
According to the official website for Claude Monet's Home in Giverny, Claude Monet lived on the property for 43 years, from 1883 to 1926. During this very long time, he laid out the house to his own tastes, including choosing all of the tiles and paint colors, and adapting it to the needs of his family and professional life by enlarging it on both sides with two additional wings. At one end, Monet designed a large kitchen, suitable to prepare the meals of a 10-person family that entertained a lot. The pink color of the walls and the green of the shutters were also chosen by Monet at a time when shutters were traditionally painted grey.
If you happen to find yourself in France, take a guided tour of "The House at Giverny" daily from May 24th to November 1st. Tickets are approximately 10 euros per person (approximately 7 euros for students; 5 for seniors). Find more info at Giverny.org.