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Not only is abstract wall art a foolproof choice for almost any interior style, but it can instantly elevate a contemporary living space. If you’re in search of a statement piece that will transform your home décor, abstract art is the way to go. Discover the best ways to incorporate abstract art into a modern home. We’ve outlined the top upcoming trends for 2022, and consulted with design experts to bring you the best abstract art ideas.

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Abstract wall art encompasses a HUGE array of designs and styles. It can be difficult to know where to start when it comes to selecting your perfect piece of abstract art. Consider art from a modern artist that will never go out of style. For example, a famous artist with a contemporary vision will always make a statement in your space. Our resident art director, Tirzah Goodman, has highlighted Banksy as one of the most prominent influences in home décor this year. Bring the magic of street art into your home with a grungy print. Edgy artwork is all the rage this year, and so is being unapologetic about your style and beliefs. Choose a piece of abstract art inspired by graffiti and watch your interior transform into a modern masterpiece. Don’t be afraid to play with bold colors, even if your artwork is loud.

Beyond Wall Art

Use the modern, abstract style of your art piece as inspiration for your furniture, accessories, and overall space. Explore unique patterns, and choose furniture in unconventional shapes and textures. Don’t stick to solely neutrals! Combine contemporary shades with unexpected hues like bright green, blue, pink, and purple. Make sure your space is well lit if you’re going to fill it with modern elements, because you want to avoid it looking too industrial. While it’s a great idea to use industrial-style elements, you still want your house to feel like a home.

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Abstract Wall Art: Style Guide

There are practically endless options when it comes to abstract art. You can opt for a modern, geometric print, or go for something more fluid and conceptual. Abstract art is a great way to tie together contrasting décor. The freedom in abstract art allows unexpected color combos and unconventional designs to merge simultaneously. A watercolor-style piece is ideal for a softer look, whereas a more saturated print can create a bolder appearance. You can also opt for a minimalist abstract print if you want an effortless living space.  

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Professional Decorating Tips

ElephantStock's interior design expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz details the importance of incorporating modern art:

“Nothing brightens up a room like as a statement piece of abstract wall art. Modern or abstract artwork is all about promoting personality and celebrating artistic freedom. This playful style of wall art can add a trendy touch without overpowering your room. Decide whether you prefer neutral-colored prints, or a brighter, bolder option. Even if you decide to go with a subtle color scheme, don’t shy away from exciting, unexpected designs.”

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Abstract Living Room Wall Art

If you’re searching for the perfect place to hang abstract art, consider your living room. Your main living space is a highly-trafficked area and it’s intended for gathering with friends and family. Now that the world is opening back up again, abstract art is the perfect opportunity to wow your guests with your personal style. Choose a piece that represents your stylistic vision, and hang it in a visible space.

Expert Design Ideas

If you’re wondering how to best compliment your abstract art, stick to a primarily modern decorating scheme. There are endless tips on how to achieve a modern look, but it’s equally important to highlight what not to do. Our décor expert Elimar Lobo Sáenz recommends avoiding the following:

-A cluttered space with impractical furniture or décor

-Making your television the main focal point of your living room

-Using solely neutral tones without pops of color

-Combining too many styles at once

-Sacrificing your personality for trends

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Blue Abstract Wall Art

Blue is a color that never goes out of style. It’s a safe shade when it comes to selecting a hue that will stay trendy. It’s difficult to maintain a contemporary interior when trends come and go so often, and blue is consistently at the top of every designer’s hotlist. Abstract wall art that incorporates different shades of blue is ideal for any modern home.

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Designer Elimar Lobo Sáenz emphasizes the benefits of blue décor for contemporary interiors:

“Expert designers have labeled bright, true blue as one of the top interior décor trends for 2021-2022. Using rich blue hues along with paler blue textiles will give to your space a serene Santorini-style vibe. If you’re a minimalist at heart, consider adding pops of dark, navy blues for more visual dimension. Incorporate this stunning color into your decor as a constant reminder of the ocean and clear skies ahead.”

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Modern Abstract Wall Art: Size Guide

When searching for the right piece of abstract art, you also need to consider the right canvas size for your chosen space. Follow these expert tips to ensure you choose the right proportions for your wall:

“Your wall art should take up approximately 60% to 75% of the available wall space (the portion not covered by furniture). Measure the height and width of the wall as your first step. Next, multiply the measurements by both 0.6 and 0.75. This will give you the best range of canvas print sizes to suit your wall.

One of our favorite canvas sizes for hanging above the sofa is 48 inches by 32 inches in height and width. If you’re stumped on which size to choose, try these dimensions in your living room!
Pro Tip: Pay attention to the height at which you hang your wall art. Typically, for a visually pleasing aesthetic, you should place the center of the canvas at eye-level. Hang it between 6 and 12 inches above the couch to allow some room to breathe.”

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Unframed vs Framed Abstract Art

The final step in your abstract art journey is to decide whether a framed or unframed print will best suit your vision. Choose from these two contrasting options using this summary of each style:

“A framed canvas looks like a single panel canvas, but this gallery-wrapped artwork features a third layer. The thick wooden frame that creates the illusion that the art is floating. A framed canvas lends gives your space a refined touch. In addition, the solid black border frame keeps the focus on the artwork. 

Unframed canvas is the artwork that is not set into any frame. Because of frameless borders, these canvases can adapt to almost any style. Unframed canvas prints are loved for their fun and modern look. This minimalist take works well with contemporary furniture and décor.”

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More Modern Décor Topics & Ideas

Abstract art will make a gorgeous addition to any house that needs a little pick-me-up. Add some pizazz to your interior with a daring, abstract print. For more exciting and innovative ideas, visit our inspo page. From modern art ideas to trending topics, master the art of interior design.

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