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The Big Picture: The Rise of Statement Art

by Caitlin Kelch

When it comes to adding wall art to one’s space, there are a few schools of thought. We’ve watched the rise of the collection approach — which provides the cohesive interest of a salon wall — and now we’re seeing the return of statement art that boldly sets the tone of the room in a single, large piece. The singular, oversize approach is on the rise perhaps as a way to calm the mind and provide an aesthetic refuge from the image overload stream that our digital lives have become. Whether it’s an inspirational piece like a colorful map or a painterly floral, a single piece in a communal space like a living room or dining room can have the effect of focusing everything within the space, from the conversations that take place within to the arrangement of the furniture.

With a modern nod toward minimalism, homeowners are finding expansive ways to adopt some of the less-is-more tenets of minimalism with the adventurous and colorful imagery they’re consuming on their screens every day. These bold wall pieces can transform a wall and a space in ways that a micro approach generally can’t. There’s no up-close examination, no wondering what the frame holds — there’s simply a wash of emotion that sets the tone for how one perceives the room and what happens within it. In oversize art’s uncomplicated simplicity, it’s a comfort to feel like we’re not missing anything — it’s all laid out before us and we can simply enjoy the room and people within it! —Caitlin

Checkout the slideshow above for some of our favorite spaces outfitted with a single piece of art!





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This oversized vintage sign in Grace's home reflects her and her wife, Julia's, love of food and family meals together.
A colorful painting, filled with greens and yellows, provides a nice contrast to the deep red carpet below the dining table.
The large painting in Sara Hicks Malone's Nashville dining room unifies the various white and wood tones in the room.
This black and white dining nook is enlivened by the oversize red print.
Hung horizonally, this oversized print by Margaret Kilgallen in the home of Jordan Provost and Jason Wong is the perfect statement above the mid-century credenza.
This oversized map print provides some additional color to Jesse and Whitney Chamberlin's sunny Atlanta home. The blue chairs frame the print from the room's entrance.
The folksy art in Basak's dining area is actually a chalkboard drawing by her friends Mara and Anna from Dutch Door Press.

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