Investing in a work of art for display is one of the best ways to enhance the aesthetic quality of your home and inject you and your family’s personality into every space.
But if you’re not an experienced art collector or antique dealer, this can be a hefty investment. Fortunately, there are several high quality reproduction prints and fine art canvases of some of the best art works of all time. We suggest adding your own frame to the print, for a more personalized look that can be customized to your taste. Here are the best iconic works of art for each home decor style.
1. Mid-Century Modern
Mid-century modern interiors relish in clean lines, organic shapes and natural color palettes with pops of color throughout. This reproduction print of Francis Bacon’s Seated Man utilizes beloved colors in the unofficial mid-century modern style guide, which will add a cool tone of muted color to your space without looking forced. While getting your hands on Bacon’s original oil-on-canvas painting will set you back upwards of 2.1 million bucks, the reproduction achieves the look for a fraction of the cost.
Coastal style is inspired by the ocean and has decorative elements that evoke a light and breezy ambiance. The soft color palettes can range from dusty blues and milk tans to navy, brown and crisp whites. Edward Hopper’s Room By The Sea creates a life-like dimensional representation within the (pictorial) space. Using precise brush work and angular grids of space, he is able to create nuanced subtleties in shadow and light. And despite its realistic feel, this piece has a nostalgic and calming quality to it, without looking cliched. The open door and partially cut-off room in the back add a mysterious and interesting quality to this timeless work.
3. Shabby Chic
Shabby chic interiors borrow characteristics from rustic and coastal styles, with an underlying antique-store aesthetic. Also referred to as “cottage-chic,” this interior design aesthetic often features feminine, hand-painted details and makes use of a muted color palette. A soft, impressionist era piece like Mary Cassat’s Toilet compliments the color palette and soft, feminine quality that style is known for. This print would look lovely displayed in a bedroom above your rustic vanity table or in a powder room.
4. Art Deco
Art Deco style draws influence from the roaring 1920s era, conveying old-world elegance with a commitment to luxury and swank, but balanced by attention geometric forms. Some prominent tenets of the style include using shiny gold or chrome accent pieces, moody lighting and mirrored furniture. Edouard Manet’s iconic A Bar at the Folies-Bergère maintains the style’s gravitation towards shadowy ambiance, as well as black and white “color” schemes. The glamorous bar setting plays with dimension and space through the depiction of a mirror in the background–an issue of great debate and discussion in art history. Bring life and old-school Parisian glamour to your living room with this high quality Giclee canvas reproduction of the realist painter’s beloved oil painting.
Industrial styles are marked by an overarching raw aesthetic, often accentuated with exposed pipes and building materials, loftier spaces, wood and steel elements and utilitarian objects. The look can be stark and sober, resembling a warehouse, or it can be dressed to look a bit more homely. Those who love industrial design will love the work of Italian painter, Giorgio de Chirico. The Enigma of a Day reflects some of the artist’s recurring motifs–abandoned spaces and structures, neoclassical architecture and statuary, exaggerated shadows and sharp lines that create an elongated effect. Hang this painting above your dining table as a centerpiece or display on a metal shelf in your living room to prevent an industrial styled space from looking overly stark.
5. Children’s Room
Adding art to your child’s bedroom or play room can be an excellent way to the decorate the space and encourage an early interest in culture and the arts. Matisse’s exuberant works earned him the reputation as one of the greatest colorists of all time. Jump-starting the Fauvist movement, his bold color palettes and eccentric–almost cartoonish–renderings of interior spaces and still lives add an eclectic charm, animating even the dullest of interiors. Matisse once compared his artistic intent to that of a good arm chair—that is, unlike other artists, he didn’t want to project emotionally confrontational subject matter through his work, but rather, sought to inspire joy and serenity. This high quality reproduction of The Red Studio exemplifies his mastery of using color and fractured representations to bring life and animation to his work. This painting will do the same thing in your little one’s room too–in fact it also remind us of the iconic illustrations in the classic children’s book, Goodnight Moon.
Contemporary interior style is one of the most customizable and versatile styles that you can pick when it comes decorating your space. The style–distinctively different modern style—was originally a mashup of modernism, futurism and deconstructivist aesthetics, but it has since come to be much more personalized with a few underlying qualities cemented. Contemporary style favors polarized color schemes, curved shapes and clean lines. This 1990 poster print from legendary contemporary artist John Baldessari’s exhibition at the Margo Leavin Gallery, is a collector’s item for any contemporary art lover or fan. One of his most prolific styles during his career was the dot era, in which he created multimedia compositions adorned with boldly-hued circles.
One of these most controversial paintings of the 19th century, James Abbot McNeil Whistler’s Nocturne in Black and Gold, Falling Rocket is also one of the most celebrated of all time. A loosely sketched scene of gradient blacks and blues with golden speckles, this painting loosely depicts the aftermath of a firework over a lake. Blending the styles of impressionism and abstraction, with Asian design principles, this iconic piece is a hallmark example of modernist art. It’s impressionistic quality makes it great choice for displaying in your hallway or entry way because it greets viewers as an abstracted, almost color-blocked work, revealing more details as the viewer comes closer to it. The dark color palette looks versatile and will pair well with other decor, while gilded specks of paint add to the ambient feeling it evokes. Modern and minimalist spaces needn’t be starkly bare.
8. Bohemian – Eclectic
Mark Rothko’s ubiquitous color field paintings have become not only a token of postmodernist art but also, like Warhol’s screen prints of Marilyn, a artifact of pop culture. Despite being heavily influenced by Friedrich Nietzsche, mythology and bouts of intense depression, Rothko’s color field painting will give your space a warm, splash of color and add a creative touch that even non-art fans can enjoy. Bohemian styled spaces often reference 1970s culture and design, with spaces decorated with a unique blend of artifacts, from wall art and sculptures to plants and gilded mirrors. So, adding a representational art piece to your wall will look out of place and overwhelming. This particular color field composition blends of rusts, mustard yellow and diluted royal blue compliments whimsical decor and furnishings without stealing the show altogether. Add an ornate gold frame or keep it simple and let the colors speak for a beautiful addition to your living room.
Scandinavian or Nordic style is characterized by clean lines, uncluttered spaces, with lots of white furniture. Decor and ornamentation is usually kept to a minimum in this style, with wood and other exposed materials functioning as the source for warmth and texture in place of wall art and other knick knacks. This black and white (untitled) abstract painting by Franz Kline would make a great addition to a Scandinavian home, as it doesn’t interrupt a clean space with vivid color. Plus, the distorted lines depicted create a sense of motion, which adds a bit of unexpected livelihood to a minimal aesthetic.
10. Rustic – Farmhouse
Rustic or farmhouse decor is marked by rugged and organic spaces, guided by the style’s hallmark goal of seamlessly transitioning the outside space to the inside. It’s inspired by nature, so you’ll often find plenty of warm, earth tones and botanical embellishments for both inside and outdoor decor. Other significant tenets of the style include using natural materials and fabrics, faux animal hides and unfinished wood. Renoir’s still lifes are some of most highly regarded works in the genre, of all time. This high quality art print of his Summer Landscape, will help bring the beauty of the outdoor to your interior space and the hazy impressionistic brushwork will accentuate the style’s cozy and warm aesthetic.