I Simply Can't Stop Buying Watercolor Figure Art for My Home

Watercolor art on shelf.

Lauren Zillinger for Laura Metzler Photo

I’ve always enjoyed incorporating all types of artwork into my home, which is filled with everything from oversized abstract canvases to thrifted oil portraits to decorative busts. Lately, though, I’ve found myself  majorly gravitating toward watercolor figure paintings, which look lovely in any room but make an extra chic statement in the bedroom or bathroom.

What’s great about these pieces is that they come in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and look as beautiful grouped together as they do styled on their own. While more colorful art pieces may appear too overwhelming when hung next to one another, watercolor figures are often more minimalistic and thus look stunning placed side by side. Whether you opt for a set of matching frames or select a wide variety of styles, you can’t go wrong with a figure-filled gallery wall. 

Entryway with watercolor figure art.

Lauren Zillinger for Laura Metzler Photo

I’ve purchased my own watercolor figures on Etsy and from independent artists I’ve discovered via Instagram, and I’m always keeping an eye out for additional finds that strike my fancy. As someone who likes to mix both classic and contemporary style, I’ve enjoyed accumulating a collection that consists of both of vintage pieces—such as those pictured in my entryway above—and contemporary art. When it comes to more modern finds, I always gravitate towards black-and-white prints, which look even more striking when placed in an eye-catching frame. 

As much as I personally love portrait art, I know that some consider such pieces to be a bit too bold or quirky. That said, those who find themselves drawn to the idea of a silhouette shape may find watercolor figures to be a happy medium in this sense. They’re generally a bit more subdued in style and are more of a finishing touch than a statement-maker. 

If you’re feeling creative, you could also try your hand at a figure painting or sketch of your own. Because these pieces are often a bit more abstract, there’s no pressure to craft perfectly clean lines or shapes. Going with the flow has never looked better.