Visiting art museums is inspiring for interior designers (both professional and amateur!). Not only can you explore how people decorated their dwellings in decades past, but you also might start daydreaming about how beautiful a Diebenkorn might look above your fireplace. Affording original works from your favorite artists might be out of the question, but you can still infuse your home with elements from your favorite artist’s works. Whether choosing a small detail such a vase that would have looked perfectly at home in a Matisse painting, or imagining if Monet might have admired his water lilies from a similar bench, you can easily translate your love of art into decor you can experience every day.
Claude Monet’s Impressionist masterpieces from Giverny are beloved and recognized the world over. A garden bench for gazing at water lilies or for simply admiring your own garden is spacious enough for several guests to sit (or for one to relax). A floral garden stool can serve as an additional seat or a picturesque place to lay a book or a glass of iced tea. A tea light in the shape of a lotus looks very similar to a water lily and casts a gentle glow on any indoor or outdoor soiree. Or consider a watercolor candle with a subtle Impressionist design. A rose pillow in a rich velveteen fabric will bring nature into your living room even when the aromatic scent of blooming roses is months away.