If you’re looking to add an artistic touch to your home without having to invest in expensive art, we’ve got the perfect hack: painterly textiles. From linens to upholstery to rugs, there’s no better way to attain the abstract at a fraction of the price tag. It's an inventive riff on functional fashion when your home’s hand-painted masterpiece is actually the throw pillow next to you, the seat underneath you, or the napkin on your lap. After all, isn’t the best art interactive? For now, we’re over those predictable painted blobs of color on the wall: They just look so much more chic in textile form.
Scroll for seven rooms that will inspire you to make a textile transformation.
Why not make an impression on your dinner guests with impressionist influences? Painterly napkins are the perfect abstract tabletop accent. In Nina Dobrev’s WeHo bungalow, Consort Design balanced pretty colors with clean lines and metallic accents in the dining room to create a modern, feminine feel. The bonus? Brushstrokes help to create texture that conceals the occasional (but inevitable) wine spill.
Perhaps it’s time to add some colorful flair to your chair game. These hand-painted hotel vibes are courtesy of the Alex Hotel in Perth, Australia, where artistic touches create an inspiring lobby bar environment. The spectrum of shades on this seat makes it the perfect spot to relax and taste the rainbow.
No need to narrow your color focus when it comes to painterly sofa style. Embrace your artistic side with bright splashes of color in a wonderful watercolor effect that sits well with blush, teal, camel, and copper.
A painterly rug begs you to get on your feet. Art underneath your toes sets a creative tone, inspiring colorful thoughts from the ground up. This rug’s cool hues bounce off the walls’ moody blues to bring the entire room to life.
Bright tangerine brushstrokes add a fruity burst of color to this optic white living room. The pillows on the sofa create a multicolor Monet-inspired moment to complement a lovely lace throw. The space feels light, feminine and fun.
Curtain call: Seize an artistic opportunity by covering your windows with a more creative canvas. The painted lines on this fabric turn to strokes of imagination when draped from floor to ceiling in this sitting room.
For Chiara Ferragni’s Los Angeles abode, vibrant throw pillows play off sketchy rug shapes for a living room that really pops. Shades of pink, orange, and red give this room an expressive, artistic edge. We just can’t decide which makes a bolder statement: the words on the wall or the painterly pillows.
Which of these painterly products inspires you?