Use Paintings to Inspire Your Interiors

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If you are stumped for decorating ideas, use paintings to inspire your interiors.  Take color and style cues from your favorite paintings to create rooms that are not only stylish and chic, but are well balanced and contain a great piece of art.  Here are a few examples based on popular paintings to help inspire you.

Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh:  The yellow stands out in this painting against a blue night sky.  Create a room that is dominant in saturated blues and accent it with yellow and white.  Add in a bit of black for contrast.  This painting works well in contemporary rooms or as a wonderful contrast to traditional design style.

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Starry Night – Vincent Van Gogh


A vibrant living room with blue walls, inspired by paintings.
A living room with yellow chairs and a fireplace, inspired by paintings.
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The Scream – Edvard Munch:  Taking the primary inspiration from the orange of the sky and blue flowing water, the room inspired by this painting is warm, sunny and inviting.  The blue is brightened by the orange with yellow and brown accents to pull it all together.  This painting blends well in contemporary and traditional spaces.

The scream by Edvard Munch, inspiring interiors with paintings.
The Scream by Edvard Munch


A vibrant lobby decorated with colorful paintings and comfortable couches, featuring a television.
Use paintings to inspire your living room interiors with a blue couch and a tv.

Water Lilies – Claude Monet:  Watery blues and greens mixed with pink and fuchsia make this a winning combination for spring and summer.  Fresh and inviting, this room delights.  In a contemporary room that is sleek and sophisticated, this painting would play the perfect counterpart.

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Modified Description: Use Claude Monet's water lilies paintings to inspire your interiors.
Water Lilies by Claude Monet
A living room with a blue couch featuring inspiring paintings.

Misty Mood – Leonid Afremov:  The room inspired by this painting is bright and bold, with orange and blue taking the lead.  Accents of lighter blue, green and yellow enhance this vibrant, of-the-moment room.

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Misty Mood by Leonid Afremov


A living room with orange walls and furniture, inspired by paintings.
A living room with blue walls and colorful furniture, inspired by paintings.

Mona Lisa – Leonardo Da Vinci:  Warm cream, brown and shades of subtle green make this room one of calm sophistication, almost as enigmatic as the smile on Mona Lisa’s face.

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Use Mona Lisa painting to inspire your interiors.
Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci
A living room with paintings as inspiration for your interiors, featuring white furniture and green accents.
A living room with brown walls and white furniture inspired by paintings.

Girl with Watering Can – Pierre-Auguste Renoir:  This room is a fresh and colorful cottage style that plays upon the blue of the girl’s dress and the green of the background, while red pops as the accent.

Use paintings to inspire your interiors with a little girl holding a flower.
Girl with Watering Can by Pierre-Auguste Renoir
A living room with blue walls adorned with paintings.
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Girl with Pearl Earring – Johannes Vermeer:  Blue combined with a rich, warm golden cast sets the pace for this calm, sophisticated room.

Use paintings featuring a girl with a pearl earring to inspire your interiors.
Girl with Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
Using paintings to inspire your living room interiors with blue walls and a yellow couch

These paintings have been reproduced worldwide in many different forms and are widely appreciated by art lovers, artists and designers.  Whether your favorite painting is by one of these great artists or by your kindergartener, art is the perfect inspiration for decorating your interiors.


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