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Art Inspiration for Every Décor Style

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Pictured above, from left to right: Flower Market III and Karen Silve, Open Space II


Design Elements: Modern spaces typically have architecturally clean lines, and simple, monochromatic styling. Angular, as opposed to curvilinear, forms are prevalent.

Art Ideas: Abstract prints, Unframed, stretched canvases. Pictured: Sean Jacobs, In the Canyon I


Design Elements: Traditional spaces are classic, layered, and reference the past. Shapes in this style are curvy, graceful and detailed.

Art Ideas: Portraits and landscapes, ornate frames in a metallic finishes. Pictured: Caroline Ashton, Angel of Repose


Design Elements: Rustic interiors place emphasis on natural, unrefined materials. This aesthetic is warm and inviting.

Art Ideas: Woven textiles and rugs hung as art, paintings with texture/relief. Pictured: Sarah Abbott, Effervescent I


Design Elements: Cottage-style spaces are homey and light in color palette. There is a sense of informality to the materials and furniture arrangements.

Art Ideas: Vintage frames, found objects grouped as a collection. Pictured: DeRosier, Vase with Fruit


Design Elements: Industrial spaces are raw and utilitarian with a cool color palette. Furnishings are minimal and often incorporate salvaged metal and wood.

Art Ideas: Salvaged items such as vintage cameras, art is used sparsely. Pictured, left to right: M. Drake, Monochromatic Series II; Salvador Luca, Insight II


Design Elements: Coastal interiors are laid back, comfortable, and inspired by the shoreline. Colors are light and bright.

Art Ideas: Glass vessels filled with finds from the beach, decorative items such lanterns and boats. Pictured: Leslie Saris, Marine Array IV


Design Elements: Eclectic interiors unite multiple styles within a singular space. Furniture and accessories appear to be, and often are, collected over time.

Art Ideas: Some framed art, some sculpture, etc. Variety is key. Pictured: Andreas Langley, Mystical Celebration II

About Desi:

Desi Creswell, ASID, CID, LEED AP, got her start designing multi-million dollar commercial projects ranging from a National U.S. luxury hotel brand to a prestigious, international university in Saudi Arabia. The one thing these projects all had in common was the need to deliver a consistent luxury brand image across a variety of spaces, often requiring a look and feel that bridged cultures and continents--all while supporting the equally important human and practical needs of functionality and durability. Today, Desi applies that same perspective to the homes of distinguished executives and professionals whose lives are driven by their careers and whose public-facing images are as important as their lifestyle needs at home. Through the interior design experience, Desi helps her clients have a home that tells the story of the lifestyle they’ve always imagined: a story that projects both the image they’ve worked so hard to build and the identity that gives them all they want out of life. Learn more about Desi at