If blank walls in your home are staring you down, interior designers are here to help. We've spoken with the pros to gather intel on the art trends that will be everywhere come 2023 so that you can get a head start on your own decorating.
Whether you love a good gallery wall or are searching for an extra large abstract piece, you're in luck—these are just two of the many approaches that will continue to be majorly en-vogue over the course of the coming year.
Hang a Custom-Commissioned Piece
Gioi Tran of Applegate Tran Interiors works as an interior designer, but is also a formally trained fine artist—and he predicts that large-scale art that's custom-made is going to be all the rage in 2023.
"We are seeing a growing trend of clients custom commissioning large-scale canvases to work within their interior design plan," the San Francisco-based designer explains. In his work, going oversized is key—as exemplified by the five by seven-foot piece shown above, titled "Underwater."
Tran believes that commissioned pieces like the ones he produces will become more and more common in the near future. He notes, "We will see more of this type of commissioned art as homeowners start to build relationships in the design and art world."
Designer Kendall Wilkinson, who runs an eponymous firm in San Francisco, has been incorporating three-dimensional pieces into her projects as of late.
"Art can transform a space, and three-dimensional and reflective pieces open up a room and create a layer of depth and dimensionality," she comments, noting that she recently incorporated this type of artwork into a pied-à-terre project.
"We used a custom-commissioned three-dimensional piece of art as focal points to create movement and direction and add some drama in this hallway," Wilkinson shares.
Install a Diptych or Triptych
Why not make it a double—or a triple? Designer Robin Gannon of Robin Gannon Interiors is certainly on board with this trend.
"Who doesn't love symmetry and balance? We love diptychs and triptych pieces as wonderful ways of adding that final layer to walls and bringing tonal and textural art into a space," she shares.
Consider shopping locally for pieces that speak to you. "There are so many amazing regional artists who are creating beautiful works," Gannon adds. "We love how multiples of one artistic vision carry over through the diptych or triptych, and we are seeing more of this pop up into design projects nationwide."
Say Yes to Bespoke Walls and Surfaces
"I see a trend toward art on walls and ceilings," Lizarraga notes. "That way, the entire space embodies living art, from resin-dripped Venetian plasters, ombre finishes, or watercolors on gold-leafed surfaces. The whole room (and home) is transformed by treating the walls as one large canvas adding depth, dimension, and movement."
Plus, there's no need to hang additional works when going this artistic route. "Instead of decorating using individual pieces of framed art, the walls are the art with which to layer and build," Lizarraga explains. "The result is as unique as the project and client and entirely personalized and unique to that home."
Give Vintage Frames New Life
Rebecca Gibbs of Gibbs Design + Build enjoys giving secondhand frames a new lease on life. "I always keep my eye out for gorgeous vintage frames and then will have digital prints done to fit the vintage frames, rather than the other way around," she comments.
There are many ways to hang such pieces to look ultra elevated, too, Gibbs adds. "For styling, I love a stacked two-piece moment, a collected and funky gallery wall, and a single piece with an art light," she explains.
Mix Mediums Within a Space
Designer Anne Hulcher Tollett of Hanover Avenue enjoys mixing various types of art pieces to achieve a curated look. "If you want to look like a serious collector, hang a variety of mediums in one room," she comments.
In this space, she combined a detailed oil painting with two graphic prints while two colorful stacked mixed media pieces echo a light installation across the room. "The key is in the mix, and the combinations are endless," Tollett adds. "Try putting photography with collage, framed textiles with line drawings— the magic comes when a room is full of different kinds of art."
Designer Sarah Montgomery also appreciates this type of approach. "I also like to see a variety of mediums in one space," she says. "You've got to balance scale, subject matter, and negative space in a way that looks intentional."
Try This New Twist on the Gallery Wall
Gallery walls have been popular for quite some time, and they don't appear to be going away anytime soon, according to Sara Hillery of Sara Hillery Interior Design. However, if you're looking to give yours a new twist, consider showcasing your favorite objects as well.
"In a historic home’s pink kitchen, I framed fine art, spoons, postcards, and a bright Hermes scarf," Hillery explains.
Say Yes to Biophilic Art
"Many people have focused on incorporating more biophilic elements into their home spaces," Sarah Barnard of Sarah Barnard Design explains. "Biophilic artwork can be a great way to introduce elements of nature without requiring a more significant design refresh."
Because natural themes are so universal, botanical artwork can be easily incorporated into most design aesthetics, Barnard tells us. "It helps to soften less natural leaning spaces or emphasize designs that already focus on more natural materials," she says.