Home Decor and Design Inspired by Different Art Movements and Artists

Decorating and design are integral components of home ownership. From reflecting your unique aesthetic to making guests feel welcome and at ease, decor and design play an essential role. Take time to learn about various art movements and artists and identify which styles speak to you.

Art Nouveau artfully incorporates nature’s curvilinear forms and swirls, from medieval vines to the graceful curves and swirls seen in wood furniture and stained glass lamps modeled on nymph-like shapes found within nature itself. Additionally, stylized whiplash lines inspired by Japonism and Celtic art were often included within its scope.

Art Deco

Art Deco fuses historic European movements and contemporary Avant Garde influences into one aesthetic movement that draws its influences from various cultures around the world – Egyptian, Mesopotamian and Asian designs are common, along with patterns from Russian ballets and traditional folk art pieces.

Integrating this style into your home decor and design adds an eye-catching design element. Making a statement and giving a space a glamorous edge are just two reasons to add geometric forms and vibrant hues into your design scheme.

Viera asserts that although art deco was widely disapproved of during the 1940s and ’50s, its return is currently seeing renewed appreciation today. With its sleek shapes, streamlined forms, vibrant hues, and eye-catching patterns that easily fit in our modern tastes.


Cubism was one of the 20th century’s most influential art movements. Originating with Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque, the style sought to depict images in ways both abstract and distorted at once.

Cubism differed significantly from Impressionism and Post-Impressionism by rejecting the idea that artists must mimic nature by employing techniques like modeling and foreshortening, instead opting instead to assess and deconstruct objects before reconstituting them into abstract compositions.

Analytic Cubism was the initial stage of Cubism and focused heavily on depicting three-dimensional form, heavily influenced by Paul Cezanne and Fernand Leger among others such as Robert Delaunay, Albert Gleizes and Roger de la Fresnay.

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism is a broad movement, so there are various ways it can fit into your home decor. Sonya suggests taking a maximalism approach using block colors and geometric shapes to craft an curated scheme.

Post-World War II artists of this movement often mixed styles, from Willem De Kooning’s bold brushwork to Mark Rothko’s dense arrangements of color. Their works reflected inner lives expressed through gesture and expression distilled through gesture and expression; within a society that was shrinking cultural spaces these artists wanted their work to reach as wide an audience as possible and their output produced art that was both expressive and timeless.


Minimalism involves paring an object or building back to its essential functionality by employing neutral colors and simple shapes that do not overtly symbolize anything else, along with elegant lighting techniques and an avoidance of overt symbols. Examples of minimalist paintings include Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square; Piet Mondrian’s horizontal lines and blocks from De Stijl; and Constantin Brancusi’s smooth-edged cubes as examples of minimalist artworks.

Contrary to popular belief, minimalism doesn’t involve forgoing pleasure; rather it means identifying what matters most and eliminating anything that conflicts with that value system. Minimalism takes different forms for different people – single urban dwellers may pursue minimalism while families with children and pets might experiment by following rules like living with less than 100 things or 37 items in their closet.

Pop Art

Pop art emerged during the 1950s and 60s as a movement that combined pop culture icons like Campbell’s soup cans with images of celebrities into paintings redefining what art constitutes.

Modern art stands out from other fine art movements with its recognisable imagery, vibrant hues, irony and satire that set it apart. It often explores social criticism or the critique of consumerism/commercialization; incorperating multiples/reproduction into its themes.

Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol used popular images to subvert the notion that authentic paintings require the hand of an artist for authenticity. Instead they emphasized irony and mechanical reproduction techniques over masterful skill when creating their work.


Georges Seurat and Paul Signac’s meticulous application of dots was initially mocked by critics; but eventually became part of an important art movement in late 19th-century France: Pointillism. Influenced by Fauvism (Henri Matisse’s expressive colors and brush strokes are an example), this style represented an evolution from Neo-Impressionism that replaced fluid strokes with precise dotwork instead.

Divisionism or chromoluminarism was an innovative technique of applying tiny dots of pure color close together, which would then blend together when viewed by a viewer, producing an infinite spectrum of shades and hues. It soon became one of Vincent van Goh’s signature styles as well as Paul Cezanne’s.

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