Retro Art Style

Your art style is…

Contemporary Retro

You know how to make the past feel present. You love retro vibes: bar carts and chaises lounges. But you mix them with contemporary pieces, which gives them a new, exciting flavor…

“There are two things that make a room timeless: a sense of history and a piece of the future.” — Charlotte Moss

Here are some tips to help you overcome art design decision fatigue? Read on…

If picking a new piece of art decoration feels like a whirlpool of stress and self-doubt, you’re not alone, friend. Investing in artwork for your home is a big commitment.

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You might be worrying…

… What if I spend all this money then get tired of my new artwork two-months later

… What if it clashes with my current décor

… Or what if my soon-to-be dinner guests think it’s too understated or over the top

On top of that, you’ve got a sea of options to choose from. No wonder finding your style feels a little overwhelming.

But luckily there are steps you can take to make it a whole lot easier. The first being…

1. Set the Mood

Begin narrowing down your search for the perfect piece of artwork by deciding on a mood for the room you’re decorating. Ask yourself how you want to feel when you walk in. Maybe you’re after a cozy, comfy living room. Or a calming, relaxing bedroom…

Collect interior design inspiration that aligns with whatever vibe you’re after. You’ll still have an array of options, but you’ll be able to make the final decision with more confidence knowing it suits your aesthetic.

2. Start With a Statement Art piece

If you’re decorating a home from scratch, an easy step is to pick a focal point piece of artwork for each room.

When picking art for your space, imagine what would it look like on your walls first, what type of pieces speak most to you. A great idea to keep your retro style in check is to choose pieces that have a story to tell, are vibrant looking, and with a lot of personality. You may prefer famous pieces of art or discover new emerging artists, it’s all in good style because you know how to make a great selection.

It’s also a great idea to go for larger pieces rather than smaller ones. Sometimes more is more when it comes to good taste, do not be afraid to experiment with different colors and artworks, all at the same place, as long as they tell the story that you want to tell.

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Whatever it is, make sure you genuinely love it. Your focal art point should put a smile on your face because odds are you’re going to be looking at it a lot. Pick the rest of your décor to compliment that one statement piece. That’ll help you overcome any interior design indecision you may be facing.

3. Experiment with Color and Texture

Color and texture can transform how you feel. It’s science, friend. Each shade has a unique psychological effect. For example, yellow is energizing and works best in kitchens and bathrooms. And blue is calming, which makes it a great pick for bedrooms.

If you want to be bold, try pairing two colors across from one another on the color wheel, like green and red, or orange and blue.

Texture can also add a lot to a room. If you’re going for a warm, inviting vibe, pick soft fabrics like velvet or suede for your decorations. If you want something more glamorous try upholstery with a metallic sheen.

Even if you go for the minimalist design, don’t shy away from colors just yet. As long as you pick one theme color, adding a splash of color to your place might just be the thing that you were missing.

4. Try out different shapes and designs for frames

Sometimes a frame can make a painting look even better. Start by setting the overall mood in your room and then pick various frames that would go with it. For example, a golden highly decorated frame would look fabulous and will give a true glam feel to a large room with a generous lightning source. Instead, the same would make the room look clustered if you place it on a small already crowded wall.

Experiment with different sizes of frames and even different colors as well. Who says you can only put one painting on the same wall. use your imagination or a decor app to create room mockups and choose what inspires you the most.

5. On a budget? Go for high-quality art prints

In today’s world, art is truly an investment. It pays off to own an original piece of artwork, today or later on. However, technology also made it possible that we own high-quality original artworks at very affordable prices. This is where art prints come into the picture. Most artists offer the option to buy from them an original print. Besides the significantly reduced cost for a print, you can select your own size and even textured art prints so that it fits perfectly your decor. You can then simply add a frame to it, or hang it directly, and voila, you have a unique piece of art of your own now, at almost no cost.

In need of some more inspiration? Here is a selection of artworks from my own collection that might just be the right fit for your style:

“Who’s this art style guru giving me all the tips?” Glad you asked…

Hey there 👋 I’m Ana Maria Bubolea, a professional artist and artpreneur. I work with clients from all over the world creating pieces of unique artworks for them and also helping them find their own style.

After over a decade of working climbing the ladder in the corporate field, I have started my own art studio, now known as AnaKhora, working full time on creating new art and discovering creative ways to bring art in the livesand homes of those who want it.

Looking for a little extra?

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1. Read my blog where I break down some of my favorite tools that any creative person should use in 2021.

2. Check out my art prints and you may find one that suits your style and decor.

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