Big Art for Small Spaces.
While visiting Monet’s home in France in the mid-80s, I learned that he had a custom of celebrating the “opening day of picnic season”. He carted the indoor furniture to one of his many favorite nature spots and with tasty foods, good wine and great friends, he celebrated the coming of spring.
For years following that trip I would pack my old wooden kitchen table and chairs atop my ’63 VW bug and head to Golden Gate Park and there over a feast of great wine (for my budget that is to say), good cheeses, hard crusted baguettes, colorful linen, fresh flowers and fabulous friends, we too welcomed the arrival of spring.
Years later I brought the masters into the house, so that now I feel as though I live IN the painting and enjoy the companionship of the artist year round.
Paying tribute to one of your favorite artists is a great way to develop your own creative eye and to add interest and color to a small space, which often does not have enough wall area to display as much artwork as we would like.
Small spaces can easily be transformed on any budget and without waste. Sometimes it’s a simple swap out at a local charity shop.
A few small tricks can make even the smallest footprint have the feel of a masterpiece.
- Find a postcard, poster or picture of a painting that brightens your mood. Study it a bit until you notice how the artist layered their colors – it’s not just blue or yellow, it’s layers of different blues and yellows.
- Now look at the layers in your space; walls, window coverings, sofa, beds, pillows, rug, door. Even your tea cup can become a layer. When you look at it this way, you really do have a lot to work with.
- Include your patio and entry into your plan. It not only sets the theme but also extends your space. There are some wonderful door and window stickers that can add color and texture.
- Fresh flowers and greenery are the fastest way to connect with your favorite artist.
- Small spaces give you the freedom to be free; don’t take it so seriously –have fun!