1.Don’t be afraid of red. Henri Matisse once said, “With color one obtains an energy that seems to stem from witchcraft.” Sorcery aside, a red palette can certainly be bewitching. Several of the artist’s paintings of interiors use red in abundance. Here, in L’Atelier Rouge, the floor and walls are doused in a deep crimson.
For example, the suzani throw on this sofa is a prominent piece with an equally bold design. The two throw pillows on the right side have a simpler, small-scale design that almost reads as textural. Meanwhile, the medium-scale floral pillows on the left serve as a good go-between.
The orange here holds the scheme together and gives it a sense of solidity because it’s a similar value (relative lightness and darkness) as the other colors used in the foliage design. If these walls were painted white instead of orange, they would contrast greatly with the design, and likely make the entire installation feel ungrounded and overwhelming.
This backsplash is made of fabric laminated onto glass. Like a piece of artwork, its beauty is emphasized not by what surrounds it, but by what’s not around it. Clean lines and neutral cabinets make this installation shine.
3. Heighten focus with a true blue. In 1912 and 1913, Matisse visited the Moroccan city of Tangiers. Inspired by the North African light and copious amounts of cobalt blue used in Moroccan interiors, he went on to celebrate the striking hue in many of his paintings.
Blue can be paradoxical. A light, watery, pale blue is widely known as relaxing and cooling, but the vividness of a brilliant blue like this one can be energizing. Bright blue can make you feel pleasantly caffeinated versus overly calm.
Because blue is also associated with clear thinking and focus, it’s a great color to use in a home office, sitting room or bedroom. This space is painted in Brilliant Blue by Olympic Paints.
4. Make room for a still life. Matisse created numerous still life paintings of fruit, flowers, vases, guitars and even goldfish. This piece, done in 1906, depicts a fruit-laden tabletop.
The wire basket filled with colorful apples makes an attractive and edible centerpiece. Swapping out different fruits, flowers and accessories celebrates nature and the passage of seasons. It’s also an easy way to add variety and elegance to your home.
5. Add the art of movement. This is one of Matisse’s most famous paintings. The composition of the girls’ encircled arms and twisting bodies add dynamism and excitement far beyond the rectangular shape of the canvas it’s painted on.
6. Consider cutouts. When Matisse’s health deteriorated later in life, he made collages using cutouts of gouache-painted paper. Many of his forms represent birds, marine life and vegetation.
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Barbara Anne Asher said:
Just love this…thank you!
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