Monday, April 23, 2012

Old Artwork, New Dining Room Wall

As I put my dining room pieces back in place I have been taking a look at the artwork I have in the house and what I had in the dining room before it was repainted. Does it still work?
This piece - pastels on canvas - was picked up at a fundraising art auction held at the kids' nursery school many years ago. I loved the marketplace stall as subject. The vibrant colors as well as the texture drew me to the piece immediately although I had found the frame heavy at the time.

This is the only picture I have of the artwork in the dining room before - you can catch a glimpse of some of the previous green paint color to the right. This is when it was taken down from the wall. There is a dusting of antiqued gold paint over the predominantly black frame.

And now, I am trying it on the new walls. The frame blends in and the colors pop!

Remember the inspiration picture I came across after I had started work on the dining room? This was part of the post on the Goldeneye Resort in Jamaica.

Golden Eye

And coincidentally, again, back in November I had participated in a mood board party over at Pewter + Sage and the inspiration had been dinnerware with which one had to create a dining room board.

Here is the board I had created. For further details about the items go here.

I seem to be subconsciously drawn to the combination of these colors in a space - burnt orange, gold, shades of aqua, smoky grey. Modern. Global. Vibrant. Calming. All at the same time.

And back to the current artwork. It has some of the blues - a touch of cobalt and some aqua in the background - and shades of orange and gold and some dark grey, and of course, there is the touch of gold on the frame which is apparent on the right-hand side as light shines on it from the living room.

This picture appeals to me in this spot. The eye is drawn to the artwork without taking away from the stencil. And the frame does not bother me.

What do you think? Do you see what I see?

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  1. i think it works well because the frame is dark like the walls and the colors pop. i like it!

  2. It's a colorful art and it works fine on the wall. I like it!

  3. Honestly, I wasn't sure what I was going to think, but I, too, LOVE it in that space. The perfect mix of color, and the dark frame does ground it on the wall. :)

  4. What a delightful piece and just the right amount of color on the wall!

  5. It seems to really come to life on your wall...looks good!

  6. I love that your focus is immediately directed to the art, it fits in beautifully, Lisa!

  7. I think its amazing how your dining room is developing to reflect the colors and balance of color in the resort suite inspiration photo. The art subject matter is great for a dining room and the range of colors in the art give you great tones to pull into a few accessories around the room. And the frame gives dimension to the art almost like its coming out of the stencil pattern; anything lighter in color or heavily gilded would pull attention away from the lovely stencil work. I like this a lot.

    Robin @

  8. I think it looks great, the heavy frame and bright colours breaks up the pattern of the wallpaper behind really nicely.

  9. I think it looks perfect. The colors really pop.

  10. I love how the colors stand out against the dark wall. Looks great, and it's so cool that you already had it on hand!