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Our Favorite Ways to Decorate With Abstract Art

Abstract art gives you the freedom to explore the artwork and assign your own meaning to the piece. This intensely personal process enriches a viewer's experience of an artwork. Abstract art can express an endless variety of moods. The artwork can be minimalistic or take charge of a room with bold color and form. So whether your style is traditional, modern, rustic, or somewhere in between, there’s a way to beautifully incorporate abstract prints and paintings into your decor. Not sure where to begin? Read on to learn some of artist Domonique Brown's favorite foolproof strategies.

Create a Colorful Focal Point

When your room calls for a colorful, oversized artwork, an abstract piece is the perfect choice.  The eye-catching composition -- whether geometric, fluid, or painterly -- will help create movement and depth in the space. Colorful abstractions pop against while walls. However, it doesn’t hurt to have the wall painted with a rich hue as well to enhance the “pop.”

Go Bold with Black and White

The ultimate classic color combination, black and white abstract pieces are forever timeless, elegant, yet also bold and brave. Black and white abstract artwork is the sophisticated statement piece that every space needs.


Think in Twos

A simple trick for making abstract work not feel awkward in a space? Give it a companion. Whether hung side by side, stacked vertically, a pair of abstract works will feel intentional and balanced. The key is keeping the size and framing consistent, so that the artworks appear as a cohesive set even if the colors and forms of the compositions vary.

Keep Colors Complementary

Your abstract art doesn’t always have to be the focal point of the room screaming for attention. To keep the artwork subtle, buy artwork that has colors that already exist in the space. For example, you can choose a piece that matches the color of your walls or has the hue of your sofa.


Give It the Gallery Treatment

Your wall doesn’t have to just be abstract art. You are free to mix-and-match. You can mix your abstract art with traditional landscapes to portraiture to figurative prints. A few tips: Stick to a limited color palette (all cool tones, only black and white) for cohesiveness; keep framing colors and materials similar; and incorporate a mix of sizes and mediums for interest. As for placement, we love hanging gallery walls in large and small spaces alike—they’re as perfect for filling a large wall as they are for making a living room feel special.

Power of Color-Blocking

To give a room a dose of color without busyness, consider using a color field abstract piece. Whether the color is flat and uniform or rich with painterly depth, color field artworks give the sense of simplicity. To enhance the wonder, use multiple color-block abstract pieces in space.