How Local Artwork Can Add Depth To Your Interior Designs


Interior design is not easy. Ask any interior designer. The field is extremely competitive and the trends change on a regular basis. What was popular last year is old this year, despite how great you were at designing that way. So as an interior designer, you have to roll with the punches. Your design ideology can stay the same, but the bells and whistles will have to evolve with changing consumer tastes.

One of the biggest consumer trends as of late is “local”. More and more consumers are shopping local, going to Mom and Pop shops as opposed to the large corporations. They are beginning to shift towards local restaurants that source their food locally. They are even buying groceries that are sourced from local farmers.

So with this local mindset in mind, your interior designs should reflect locality. In particular, the artwork used in your interior designs should be from local artists. This not only matches consumer trend but it also adds a lot of depth to interior designs.

Stock Art is Boring

Interior designers are more than familiar with staging an interior. In a staging process or even in the actual design, stock art is often used. The problem with this is that stock art is boring. Many designers have fallen victim to using the same stock art in multiple interior design simply because they don’t have an abundance of art history knowledge.

Unless you have a wealth of art knowledge it can become increasingly difficult to find new and enticing artwork for your interior designs. Not having that knowledge is not a bad thing either. You are a designer, not an art curator. You are expected to design the interior of a building, not line the walls of the Louvre.

Everyone has seen one too many “Starry Nights hanging from the interior of hospitals, and plenty versions of “The Water Lilies” in hotel rooms.

Local Art is Unique

Along the same lines of stock art being boring, local art is unique. The piece of artwork from the local artist is truly unique in that there is most likely only one copy. The likelihood that duplicates have been made is extremely small. No one is trying to recreate a local artist’s work and they have been re-purposes by corporations for mass production.

This local flair adds a truly unique finishing touch to your unique interior design. It really doesn’t matter if the design is for a homeowner or a hospital, local art will provide unique aesthetics to the design.

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Local Art Creates a Story

Another reason that local artwork can add depth to your interior design is because that it can create a story. If you are putting together your design and throw up a Van Gogh, a Rembrandt, or a Picasso, there really is no back story to why you chose that piece. Sure, you can say it matches the style and tone of the room, but really you are just adding a nice, historical piece of artwork to the design.

If you end up using a local artist’s work in your design, you now have a talking point. You have a back story to tell with the piece, because the local artist has a  back story. It also gives the client a talking point, which they will appreciate. Maybe it is a unique sculpture that the artist created during a time of extreme jubilation or it is a somber painting that the artist painted while in mourning. Whatever the case is, the fact that there is a back story to each piece can really add depth into the design.

Local Art Can Reflect Your Style

Local art can also add depth to your interior designs because it can be a strong reflection of you as an interior designer. Let’s say you grew up in Texas. There is a good chance that your interior design style will have pulled from a lot of experiences you had while growing up in Texas. If you design interiors in Texas, and use local artwork from Texas, they may have pulled some influence and inspiration from similar experiences.

Overall, the local artwork can be a reinforcement of your style and inspiration. The finishing touches are often noticed first and using local artwork is a great way to appease the tastes of clients.