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Painting and interior design are two areas of activity related to each other much more than it might seem at first glance. For example, such a direction as abstractionism is the aesthetic origins of two popular interior styles, Art Deco and Minimalism. And if you want to buy a painting for home decoration, abstraction remains the best choice for any modern style.
Абстракция в интерьере: инструкция по применению
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Abstract art in the interior: quick reference

It is believed that abstraction is any painting that cannot be attributed to a realistic manner. From this point of view, canvases of Futurism and Cubism are quite suitable for those who want to buy an abstraction painting for interior decoration.

However, abstractionist trend emerged in 1910 as a natural way of development of Cubism, Expressionism. The ancestor of the direction is Wassily Kandinsky. At the beginning of the twentieth century, his artworks were a real revolution. But even today they amaze the imagination, you want to watch them. Of course, only a wealthy collector or museum can buy a painting of the founder of abstractionism today. But to decorate the interior, you can order a high-quality reproduction or purchase a work of a modern artist.

Back to the history of this trend, it is worth noting that abstractionism was a kind of response to the revolutionary changes that took place in all spheres of public life in the early twentieth century. Therefore, such paintings cannot be regarded as some kind of decorative compositions. They are temperamental, impulsive, even dramatic. And therefore, even works painted a hundred years ago remain relevant. Moreover, contrary to popular misconception, they fit well into residential interiors — modern, modernist, and any others, even classic.
Василий Кандинский. Импрессия III. Концерт
Импрессия III. Концерт
1911, 77.5×100 см
You are unlikely to acquire the work of Kandinsky, but if we talk about abstraction as such — here it is!

Some of these works can be viewed for hours, they become the dominant feature of the interior. Therefore, before buying an abstract painting, you need to think about where to place it, its harmony with other pieces of furniture. The easiest way is to choose such a canvas for a minimalistic interior, since light walls serve as an ideal backdrop for any colours and shapes. But for a decorator, a more interesting task is to fit abstraction into the historical style with its splendour and abundance of décor.
Робер Делоне. Ритм
1934, 145×113 см

Practical advice

You can’t just decide that you need a bright abstraction, buy a painting and hang it on a wall like in a museum. The canvas chosen at random will look like an alien element. Therefore, you need to act like this:

1. If the apartment is being improved, then you need to select objects of art at the stage of creating the project. You can find a painting by a modern abstract artist that fits the general concept on our website.

2. Choose a picture not as a decoration item, but as an important part of the interior, so you need to think over not only the background, but also the lighting to present it in a favourable light literally.

3. If the picture is integrated into an already designed interior, then you have to select it so that it matches the colour and the scale.

The main thing is that you must be sure about the correctness of the whole approach. If you don’t know which painting to buy, abstraction is always the best option, unlike figurative painting.
Абстракция в интерьере: инструкция по применению
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Abstraction in colour

If you decided from the very beginning that the interior should be decorated with bright abstract painting, then it is better to choose furniture and walls of neutral colours. Glossy magazines recommend shades of grey, beige, lavender and pink. But remember that these colours can become out of fashion. But any shades of white are always relevant. And they serve as an excellent background for abstract painting. At the same time, furniture does not have to be neutral, you can choose sofas and armchairs in dark or rich colours.

It is often the case when the owner decides to buy an abstract painting for an already finished interior. Artists have a negative attitude towards the fact that canvases are bought of the same colour as sofas, but in this case there is simply no other solution.

No need to get too hung up on the fact that furniture, walls, textiles and painting are perfectly matched in colour. Such an interior would look boring. It is better to take care of the impression the picture makes as a whole. Moreover, sooner or later the owners will want to freshen up the interior or move to another apartment. They will keep their favourite picture in any case, so a strict colouristic reference is not needed.
Хильма аф Клинт. Серия "Десять самых важных". № 3. Юность
Серия "Десять самых важных". № 3. Юность
1907, 328×240 см

Size matters

Many people think that buying an abstract painting for a small apartment is a difficult task. In fact, even in a small room, a large-scale abstract canvas could fit well precisely because it is not a figurative painting. Many designers even recommend looking for such large paintings in cases where they need to be integrated into an already designed space.

You can even pick up a canvas that would visually expand the space. To understand how the work will look in the interior, you can use a special computer program.
Абстракция в интерьере: инструкция по применению
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Psychological impact

There is always a temptation to buy a painting in the spirit of abstract art so that it matches the colours, and that’s it. But in fact, this is not quite the correct approach. Remember that you will see this piece several times a day. And if it makes a negative impression on you, then no matter how well it goes with the walls and furniture, it will be a bad option. Of course, everything is very subjective here. Same work is perceived by one person neutrally, while in another it causes anxiety or other negative emotions, so you only need to focus on your own impressions.
Абстракция в интерьере: инструкция по применению

How to frame up a painting

You have decided to buy a painting, no matter whether it is an abstraction or a classic. What do you need to think about besides matching with furniture? About decoration — framing and lighting. The framing of the work is usually done by the artist himself, and in most cases nothing needs to be changed. As for the backlighting, it should make the picture stand out and at the same time be delicate. Manufacturers even produce smart lighting systems in which you can change the intensity of the lighting directed at the art object.

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