Vivid signs of spring
Computer-generated precision injects new detail into home decor.
03/30/2013 7:24 AM
03/30/2013 7:24 AM
This spring’s decor is like exploring an art gallery. There is an artistic vibe to everything from dinnerware to drapery, photographs to textiles.
Manufacturers are now able to reproduce artwork with impressive detail and precision. Originals that were painted or inked retain evidence of brush and pen. Computer-generated designs have greater depth of color and pattern than in the past. And photo prints are even more striking.
You’ll see the bright beauty as you shop locally. Online, Zara Home, for example, has a bouquet of lovely throw pillows with vintage prints or botanical ones reminiscent of paintings by the Masters. “Mariposa” features a flock of Edouard Travies-esque exotic butterflies on a white background; “Lula” evokes a Renoir still life; “Spring” has a sweet cottage floral; “Lannion,” “Hawaiana” and “Hojas“’ tropical motifs have a retro vibe (www.zarahome.com).
A spring walk through the Chicago Botanic Garden inspired artist Matthew Lew to create an exuberant burst of white and tan blooms on a bright orange background, rendered at CB2 on a hand-tufted rug. The retailer has another modern rug featuring a graphic brush stroke of linen white on tonal carbon gray. And artist Katherine Finn-Gamino’s colorful multimedia geometric pillow is abstract art for the sofa. (Botanical rug, Swoosh rug, pillow, www.cb2.com.)
Photographic art is an excellent way to bring a creative or unusual element to your room. Pottery Barn continues to expand its wall-art series this spring with a coterie of photo artists who have made intriguing works at a price point not easily matched in the market for great photography.
California photographer Lupen Grainne, for example, creates imagery that combines a pensive Instagram quality with professional composition. She captures dreamy San Francisco street scenes and beautiful fruit or fork still lifes (www.potterybarn.com).
At Crate & Barrel, digital prints show up on the Monet-like watercolor floral of the “Myrtle” pillow and the dramatic “Landscape” pillow featuring a winding road through wild countryside (www.crateandbarrel.com).
Bird’s eggs writ large – in fact, 32-inch-square large – are the powerful focal point of a series of wall art at Wisteria this spring. The eggs themselves are softly hued, but the scale of the photographic imagery could make it a central feature in any room (www.wisteria.com).