The Power of Art in Interior Design

They often say the eyes are the window to the soul. 

At Jasper & Jute, we have a similar belief. We believe art is the personality of your space. We often get asked: “What makes a house a home?”; we of course, are firm believers that it’s art. 

We say this, as it is the easiest way to get a glimpse of the character of the space is through the personal journey of the selection of art. 

Art is the bridge connecting the physical space with one’s inner world and experiences. It adds a contextualised layer of depth, and emotion to accompany our interior design choices. 

Art is, for us, the utmost personal choice to be made while decorating your home. It is a powerful and profound channel of expressing who you are and telling your story. 

Here is the thing: 

Interior design is an art form in and of itself. We can think of both art and interior design as the confluence of where elements come together to create spaces that evoke emotions and capture the essence of a place. While furniture, lighting, and colour schemes play crucial roles in interior design, art holds a unique power to transform a space, leaving a lasting impression.

Art is self-expression in it’s finest form: 

It is where we find a hidden, undervalued power that lies in interior design as a whole, enabling us to express individuality within our living spaces. 

Interior design informs a space, it creates the canvas of who you are; think of it as the clothes you wear and art as the empowering accessories you wear. 

Both talk of who you are, but the accessories often have the real element of meaning. For instance, we have a creative on our team, whose rings are only those of her family. They have a deep meaning to her, and they tell us a little bit about her; she loves her family and beautiful things - and that is the same as the art choices in a room. There is depth and emotion that is found in art presenting a level of conscious choice; we can always choose our art, but we can’t always choose our space. All of this deeply informs interior design. By incorporating art into interior design, we add depth and character to a room, turning it into a personalised sanctuary that resonates with our values and what we surround ourselves with. 

We can see this self-expression in the home below. This artwork is in harmony with its space and, yet, speaks out with its own voice. It complements the design style of the home, a somewhat bold but Scandinavian-inspired space. The art piece adds real character to the room. The art picks up on the colour scheme we see in the pops of green through the space, all linking back to a feeling of synchronised expression. Through how this artwork sits in the living room, and the choice of art itself, we know this home’s owner is expressive and creative; perhaps an art director or someone working in the creative space. 


Art creates the drama - or the calm

Art has an incredible ability to influence our emotions and create a desired atmosphere within a space. The choice of colours, textures, and subject matter in artwork can significantly impact the mood of a room. Vibrant and energetic pieces infuse a sense of liveliness and playfulness, while serene landscapes or abstract art may promote relaxation and tranquility. By strategically placing art in various areas of an interior, designers can manipulate the atmosphere, directing the flow of energy and creating harmonious environments that engage and inspire inhabitants.

Again, we can see this interplay of interior design, art and mood in this monochromic minimalist bedroom. The unity pulled together in this space is seen through the constant usage of colour and space, we see black and white and large open spaces as a theme throughout. This bedroom gives a feeling of masculine calmness and space. We might imagine a bachelor, a banker, or a filmmaker living here. 


Art is your homes captivating story

Art serves as a captivating focal point that draws the eye and elevates the overall design aesthetic. A well-placed artwork above a fireplace, a bold print in a hallway, or a large-scale mural on a feature wall instantly becomes the centre of attention. By incorporating art as a focal point, interior designers create visual interest, breaking the monotony and adding layers of depth to the space. These carefully curated pieces become conversation starters, evoking curiosity and inviting viewers to engage with the environment on a deeper level.

We can see this brilliantly in this dining room. The art is a stunning bold contrast. We see the blue walls and orange artwork, making great use of contrasting colours to bring a bold but subtle focal point. The placement of the art also creates strong leading lines, it lifts one's eyes off the table and to the art and windows. This art piece truly breaks the monotony and coldness that could easily be found within the blue walls. With such a bold art piece, you may wonder the story behind this art and it’s selection. Our homes and our art truly do express who we are.

Imagine a painting on the wall that reminds you of a cherished memory or a photograph that captures the essence of a special place. These artistic expressions evoke emotions, create connections, and invite viewers to engage on a deeper level with the space. Art has the power to evoke joy, nostalgia, and serenity, or even spark curiosity and contemplation.

The strategic placement of art within an interior design scheme can also enhance the overall ambiance and atmosphere of a room. A vibrant abstract painting can inject energy and excitement into space; while a serene landscape can bring a sense of calm and tranquility. The interplay between art and other design elements such as furniture, lighting and textiles, contributes to a harmonious and cohesive environment that reflects the unique personality of its inhabitants.

Art has an immense power to transform interior spaces, creating an immersive and deeply personal environment. It is the soulful expression of interior design. It has the power to communicate our stories, evoke emotions, and create a sense of belonging within our living spaces. The art we choose reflects our personalities, values and experiences. This adds depth, meaning and visual interest to our spaces. It offers a means of self-expression, enhances the mood and atmosphere, creates focal points, and adds texture and dimension. The strategic integration of art in interior design results in spaces that are not only visually appealing but also emotionally captivating. By recognising the influence of art in our living spaces, we can harness its power to craft environments that resonate with our individuality.