ACCESSORIES THE FINISHING TOUCH by Marie Scanlin
Art and accessories are the soul of a home. You can purchase the finest furniture but without art or accessories a room is lifeless. Wall art and accessories create focal points, tie together colors in a room and put your personal stamp on a space.
he most important accessory for any room is wall art. This is the year for bold art choices. Dramatic paintings and prints can make an ordinary room look extraordinary. Artwork sets the mood of a room and pulls together a color scheme. Oversize abstract or graphic art mixed with antiques and transitional furniture is the big trend this year. Since all the colors in a painting are designed to work together, colors from your art work can be used to select additional accessories for your room.
A beautiful textile or weaving can be framed and used as wall art. An African kuba cloth, Indonesian batik or Afghani tribal weaving adds ethnic interest and a global flair to your decor. Bissonnet Design Center at 2420 Bissonnet has a treasure trove of African art, tribal weavings Original artwork is the ultimate wall art. Salli and unique rugs at affordable prices. Babbit, a Houston artist, creates affordable, abstract paintings that work beautifully with “A room without a rug is like a kiss without a the mix. She has paintings for sale or will hug.” A beautiful rug is artwork on the floor, create a custom painting for a particular space. adding mood, texture, color and defining Want to hang your own canvas creation? an area for your furniture. If you have an Salli also teaches abstract expressionism in expensive or heirloom rug, use that as a a Midtown studio. www.sallibabbitt.com. starting point for color choices for furniture and accessories. If a new rug is in the plan, facebook/sallibabbittart.com. make your furniture and art selections first Mecox in Highland Village features Salli and then select a new rug to coordinate. Babbitt paintings as well as unique furniture, Statement rugs in fun colors or unique chandeliers , trendy accessories and one-of-a- patterns are the current trend and can be found in all price ranges from affordable rugs kind items. intown 26
at Crate and Barrel to investment rugs from Madison Lily. A chandelier is the centerpiece of a room so it’s no surprise that statement light fixtures are very popular this year. Multiple matching chandeliers are being shown over the kitchen island or dining table. Colored glass, mixes of metal and crystal, sculptural iron shapes and retro chandeliers are in vogue. There are so many chandelier choices, it’s not surprising that chandeliers are being shown in every room of the house from the dining room to bathroom to the children’s playroom. Eclectic Home on 19th St. has interesting, on trend lighting and accessories. www.eclectichome.com. Design House on Old Katy Rd. always has unique chandeliers and accessories. www.designhousetx.com.