Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Prints by Clinton FriedmanDesign Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Colour SourceDesign Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Kelly WearstlerDesign Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Colour reflectionDesign Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Escarpments by Coco ElderDesign Field Notes- Art Selection for Interiors- Dining Room

How To

Art Selection for Interiors

As an Interior Designer I often get asked by clients “what should I select for my walls, they are so bare?”

It’s personal

Artwork is so personal with the style, the subject matter and budget. You could be an enthusiast that follows the career path of certain artists that you love where the artwork become investment pieces or you could stumble across pieces at markets and garage sales.  At the end of the day it is filling the negative vertical voids of wall space to complement the rest of the furnishings.

 My personal favourites are these paintings by my sister Coco Elder. The serene greens are my current favourites for interiors and the subject matter is dear to me as I used to picnic and swim here as child at Kurringai  National Park.  You can see more of her work at her exhibition on the 12th April at Charles Hewitt Galleries.

Artwork can be a stand out feature that can dictate the space and mood or just melt into its surrounds subtly. It can create that view or faux window into another world for a room that perhaps has no windows or outlook normally. The media style implemented in the artwork can add rhythm, movement and texture to the interior space.

Art in interiors

Art can be either the starting or finishing point of the design process. If my client has a special piece, these colours can be extracted and reflected in the furnishing fabrics or alternatively a masterpiece can be added for that finishing touch.

 Hanging Art

When selecting artwork for your home don’t feel every space has to be filled as the walls then become overwhelming and dominating and if too small, it can be insignificant. Check positioning by blu-tacking paper at the size of your art to the wall, prior to making the big purchase.


Framing can be used to your benefit for incrementally increasing the size with clever use of mounting board and thickness of frame. Research the various styles of framing with a professional framer first. Frames are meant to be an accessory to enhance the artwork and coordinate with the room, not steal the show.



I encourage my clients to investigate artwork for themselves. It can be an exciting and rewarding discovery exploring galleries, markets, hearing the stories behind the artwork and maybe meeting the artists themselves. They can evoke so much feeling too; sentimental holiday memories or perhaps it’s your own creation. At the end of the day it’s an investment financially (particularly if the artist’s career and profile progresses) but also an emotional investment as every artwork carries its own story.

Where to buy Art


Charles Hewitt Gallery
335 South Dowling St Darlinghurst NSW 2010
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Arthouse Gallery
66 McLachlan Ave, Rushcutters Bay NSW 2010
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Artbank is a great place for those who would like to rent some original art that promotes Australian artists and be able to change it over as often as you like. This is a great way of refreshing a room without huge expense.

Most galleries have a stockroom of left over paintings from previous exhibitions and can be at a reduced price so be sure to ask the galleries about this.


Coco Republic
Check out our new series of photographic prints in stores soon.



Jessica T


Prints by Clinton Friedman, Colour Source-Metropolitan Home, Kelly Wearstler, Colour Reflection, Escarpments by Coco Elder, Dining Room

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