Art is one of the most obvious sources of inspiration in our world – and that’s especially true for interior designers. I am fortunate to have the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston right in my backyard. As often as I can, I like to spend a few hours at the museum because it’s such a great place to “reset” my creative perspective and get rejuvenated with more ideas for my own professional projects.
Sometimes I look to art (especially modern and contemporary art) simply for patterns and fabric ideas that inspire. Like this untitled piece by Jeremy Perez at MFAH:
Or this — “The Wall of Light Red Shade” by Sean Scully:
Objects in art museums inspire what we see in the home. Take a look at this beautiful piece by American artist Fred Wilson. He calls it “To Die Upon a Kiss.” The gorgeous details and pleasing symmetry make it a “to die for” source of inspiration for amazing lightning in the home:
The renowned John A. and Audrey Jones Beck Collection features remarkable Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. In Houston, you can find “The Turning Road, L'Estaque” by André Derain. The use of color in Derain’s work is mesmerizing. His work is the perfect example of how to use an abundance of color while still achieving great balance.
I hope you find some time this year to visit your local art museums and galleries. I am certain you will find just the inspiration you’re looking for, too!