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Guest Post: Design Shuffle

I am super-duper (quadruple) excited to present a guest post by Joanna from Design Shuffle – shuffle over to her company website if you want a never-ending array of design ideas, decorating photos, and interior inspiration. Below, Joanna will discuss living with art (because it’s aesthetically good for you):

Hi! I’m Joanna, a writer for Design Shuffle, a terrific website for interior designers and design enthusiasts (such as yourself). I am passionate about all things design. Fortunately, my work has me searching the internet for the loveliest interior design ideas and images to share on blogs such as The Walkup. Today, I’m sharing art (requested by Keren from The Walkup) as a main focal point in some of my favorite living rooms. I hope you enjoy and are inspired to support local artists.


Abstract art in coral and turquoise hues act as the focal point of this traditional living room. The colors are pulled into the room through the furnishings and the accessories. Use a painting’s colors as the basis for furniture’s tones.


A mosaic over the fireplace serves as the focal point of this contemporary living room. The palette in this space is calming and serene (even with a mix of patterns, materials and textiles).


Large-format art takes this room by storm with its fluid use of grays and pinks. The color is drawn from the wall into the room with similar color accessories.


Asian-inspired artwork hangs above a low profile console table and as companion fabric on the decorative pillows.


A large mural covers the wall of this Zen living room. The sculpture above the fireplace looks as if it is naturally part of the artwork above and beside it – almost as if the painting is an organic extension of the room, as if vines are growing inside one’s home!  This one is going into my nature-inspired living room designs file.


A gallery wall of small prints and photos, like this one, is an excellent way to create a focal point in a corner of the room. A salon wall is an extremely easy way to mix and match favorite prints without needing a central color scheme or theme.


Black and white artwork sets the tone in this sophisticated living room. The animal-themed space offers several natural elements such as zebra chairs, animal prints, and tiny accents on the fireplace mantel.  Have you even seen the images from the Ashes and Snow exhibition by Gregory Colbert? These images would fit perfectly into a space such as this one – black and white photography allows “flaws” such as wrinkles, creases, light-levels and texture to be exhibited fully.


Andy Warhol-like art hangs above a dining area. It carries the eye across the space creating a nice focal point. Looking for decorating ideas to show off personal photos that have been printed into large format artistic prints? This is a terrific one.

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Are you looking to create a sophisticated and whimsical touch to your living room space? Don’t forget to check out our Miami Interior Designers for more living room design ideas.

 

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An Assemblage

A mosaic is merely an assemblage of tiny elements or small pieces that together form a complete and unified whole image. Normally, these small pieces are made of stones, marble, mirror, glass, and shells, but can be done with any materials (e.g.photographs, bottle caps, bubblegum). According to Wikipedia (and a few matching citations) –  “The earliest known examples of mosaics made of different materials were found at a temple building in Abra, Mesopotamia, and are dated to the second half of 3rd millennium BC.”

(A modern take on mosaics in a Harlequin Patterned wall. The use of only a few silver, white, and grey tones allows this luxe space to still feel minimal. Bisazza Mosaic in Chester White.)

In fact, mosaic tiling has been around for so many thousands of years that an entire nomenclature has been able to develop! The materials and small bits used to create the image are refereed to as Tessera (plural: tesserae) and can sometimes be called an abaciscus (plural abacisci) or abaculus. The original etymology of the terms comes from the Greek and Latin words for “boards”, “cube”, “die”, and “four” – most likely because antique mosaics were only constructed of square components.  There are even specific ways to place tiles – horizontally aligned (Opus regulatum) , in a geometric shape (Opus sec tile), in extremely small patterns usually for jewelry (Micromosaic), grid (Opus regulatum), vertical rows (Opus tessellatum), and finally “crazy pacing” (Opus palladium).

Enough academia! Enough antiquated Latin! The reason mosaics have such specific terminology and such an enduring quality are because of their everlasting beauty! They can show images of ANYTHING and thus can stylistically evolve as easily as an artist can manipulate his/her paints. 

(This yellow damask pattern, midcentury chair, lush carpeting, and ornate chandelier allow this room to transcend any one time period or style while still feeling lighthearted. Bisazza Damasco Oro Giallo)

Mosaics are not relegated to any one particular country but instead have been found in several continents, throughout multiple religions, and spanning decades and cultures (Persian, Christian, Byzantine, Jewish, Arabic, Islamic, Persian, Brazilian, North African, Albanian, Greek, Italian, Roman, Baroque, European – they literally come in countless versions and styles). In a way, mosaics are a peace pipe extended to all cultures – something most peoples share.

“Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic at end.” – Alice Paul


(No your screen is not pixelated! This image is not blurry! Those are mosaic tiles! Silhouette Mosaic by Bisazza.)

(Floral meets geometric is unexpected! Morris Oro Giallo Mosaic Design by Bisazza.)

(Most mosaics are designed by architect, artists, and mosaic pioneer - Carlo Dal. Bianco)

(From the Bisazza Design Studio , clouds – comes in two separate patterns.)

(Bisazza floral mosaic)

(Since the mosaic pattern itself is usually extremely colorful, it is probably best to stick to solid furniture and accents. Mosaic Decoration: Morris Oro Giallo by Bisazza)

Bisazza is one of the most authoritative luxury design brands, and a world leader in the production of glass mosaics for the decoration of interiors and exteriors. They have even won an Elle Decoration International Design award for their amazing designs. Bisazza flagship stores are located in the main capitals of design: Barcelona, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Milan, New York, Paris, Rome, Moscow, Antwerp, Tokyo, and Chicago. I first discovered this store quite by happenstance while I was walking around lost in Milan. It was raining, the streets all blended into a brown color, and the stone buildings were all monotonous. Then, all of a sudden, AHA! Through glass window displays I viewed bright reds, mosaic sculptures of trapeze artists, patterned walls, and shimmering mirrors. It piqued my interest from the street level, and continues to do so via the Internet. They believe in the future of contemporary art and mosaics so much that they even set up a foundation to display and collect latest forms! Buono! Bello!