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Decorating with Art

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Many people assume that adding fantastic, eye-catching art to their walls is a decorating splurge. They associate art with abstract Picassos, museums, and most of all...astronomical prices. They fear filling a living space with art as intimidating and unattainable.

Yet the real truth is that decorating with art does not have to be a daunting proposition. The decorating team found several online sources for buying art -- including paintings, sketches, prints, and posters – that would make an striking impression in your home and finish off a room perfectly.

I want to share these finds with all of you to illustrate how simple it can be to adorn your walls with the fabulous works that will become as treasured as any museum collection.

Enjoy!

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I love the geometric design and colors of this work. Its varied palate makes it suitable for a wide range of rooms. 
 'White Framed' by Paul Klee. 
(artriver.com)

1 I love the geometric design and colors of this work. Its varied palate makes it suitable for a wide range of rooms. 'White Framed' by Paul Klee. (artriver.com)

A decorating piece for more contemporary art fans, 'Three Notes from Salalah' by Cy Twombly is simple and beautiful.
(artriver.com)

2 A decorating piece for more contemporary art fans, 'Three Notes from Salalah' by Cy Twombly is simple and beautiful. (artriver.com)

Still life paintings are classic and relaxing images to have in the home. 
'Vases, Candle, and Tangerines', painting by Bernard Victor. 
(zatista.com)

3 Still life paintings are classic and relaxing images to have in the home. 'Vases, Candle, and Tangerines', painting by Bernard Victor. (zatista.com)

This playful silkscreen print would suit a child's room or more casual setting. Its simple color and shape is very easy on the eye.  
'Toparie' by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

4 This playful silkscreen print would suit a child's room or more casual setting. Its simple color and shape is very easy on the eye. 'Toparie' by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

Photographs as decor can lend a modern sensibility to a living space. I absolutely love the unique vantage point the camera takes over the beach in this digital print. 
'Praia Piquinia' by Christian Chaiz.
(20x200.com)

5 Photographs as decor can lend a modern sensibility to a living space. I absolutely love the unique vantage point the camera takes over the beach in this digital print. 'Praia Piquinia' by Christian Chaiz. (20x200.com)

This is a reproduction of Ellsworth Kelly's 'Brushstrokes Cut into Twenty Squares and Arranged by Chance.' A large and bold work of art is a smart way to punctuate a neutral space.
(Artriver.com)

6 This is a reproduction of Ellsworth Kelly's 'Brushstrokes Cut into Twenty Squares and Arranged by Chance.' A large and bold work of art is a smart way to punctuate a neutral space. (Artriver.com)

If you are leery of a bold painting, look for nature-inspired pieces. 'Sea Coral in Denim', watercolor print from Driftwoodinteriors. 
(etsy.com)

7 If you are leery of a bold painting, look for nature-inspired pieces. 'Sea Coral in Denim', watercolor print from Driftwoodinteriors. (etsy.com)

The heavy texturized surface of this canvas reflects the romantic and elegant styles of Impressionism.
 'Reader #8', painting by Darren Thompson.
(Zatista.com)

8 The heavy texturized surface of this canvas reflects the romantic and elegant styles of Impressionism. 'Reader #8', painting by Darren Thompson. (Zatista.com)

I love the idea of using fabrics or signs as wall art. This is a vintage framed UK trolley sign! 
(roomandboard.com)

9 I love the idea of using fabrics or signs as wall art. This is a vintage framed UK trolley sign! (roomandboard.com)

Watercolor is a light and delicate medium, making it perfect for a subtle accent. 
'Sea Fan in Charcoal' from Driftwood Interiors 
 (etsy.com)

10 Watercolor is a light and delicate medium, making it perfect for a subtle accent. 'Sea Fan in Charcoal' from Driftwood Interiors (etsy.com)

The way the artist displaces a fruit against a patterned background adds a whimsical touch. It would look great paired alongside the next slide. 
'Persimmon', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. 
(hadleyhutton.com)

11 The way the artist displaces a fruit against a patterned background adds a whimsical touch. It would look great paired alongside the next slide. 'Persimmon', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. (hadleyhutton.com)

'Together', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. 
(hadleyhutton.com)

12 'Together', mixed media print by Hadley Hutton. (hadleyhutton.com)

A frame within a frame, within another frame -- great color and design to this piece.
'Homage to the Square' by Josef Albers.
(roomandboard.com)

13 A frame within a frame, within another frame -- great color and design to this piece. 'Homage to the Square' by Josef Albers. (roomandboard.com)

There is just the right amount of excitement in this work for it to stand out and look artistic on a wall. 
An untitled still from 1953. 
(roomandboard.com)

14 There is just the right amount of excitement in this work for it to stand out and look artistic on a wall. An untitled still from 1953. (roomandboard.com)

I fell in love with this work once I saw it was a photograph. Truly amazing what a camera can do! 
'River Abstraction No. 1' Keith Dotson.
(zatista.com)

15 I fell in love with this work once I saw it was a photograph. Truly amazing what a camera can do! 'River Abstraction No. 1' Keith Dotson. (zatista.com)

The shapes and palette of this print make it as suitable for a living room as it is for a kid's space.
 'The Distance is Closer', print by Ky Anderson.
(20x200.com)

16 The shapes and palette of this print make it as suitable for a living room as it is for a kid's space. 'The Distance is Closer', print by Ky Anderson. (20x200.com)

Surely a Pollock inspired work, this splatter-paint piece would add amazing energy and brightness to a white wall. 
 'Beige 1', painting by Daniel Houston.
(zatista.com)

17 Surely a Pollock inspired work, this splatter-paint piece would add amazing energy and brightness to a white wall. 'Beige 1', painting by Daniel Houston. (zatista.com)

The repetition of urns here make quite an impact. 'Urns', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

18 The repetition of urns here make quite an impact. 'Urns', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

Framed or unframed, Wayne Pate creates sketch-like prints that are straightforward and fun works of art for your home. 
'For the Birds', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate.
(waynepate.com)

19 Framed or unframed, Wayne Pate creates sketch-like prints that are straightforward and fun works of art for your home. 'For the Birds', silkscreen print by Wayne Pate. (waynepate.com)

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Similar to some of the work sold on these sites, two paintings in my own home are inspired by the masters. I had a friend create canvases in the style of Mark Rothko. I absolutely love Rothko’s work, and am able to appreciate it every time I walk by these fabulous interpretive pieces. (Created by Eric Beare, ebeare.com)

1 Similar to some of the work sold on these sites, two paintings in my own home are inspired by the masters. I had a friend create canvases in the style of Mark Rothko. I absolutely love Rothko’s work, and am able to appreciate it every time I walk by these fabulous interpretive pieces. (Created by Eric Beare, ebeare.com)

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