As you can easily tell from spending time with your friends – and even your own family members – tastes in art, music and food all vary a lot. Everyone has things they’re passionate about. That’s a good thing because it makes life exciting. At west elm, we believe that freedom to express yourself is one of the keys of great interior design. We want you to be able to turn your home into the masterpiece that you dream of. That’s why we offer such a wide variety of distinctive decor; you can select furniture and other home accents that fit your personal design preferences completely. Our collaborations with outside artists provide even more options for customizing your living room, kitchen, bedroom and more. If you’re looking for a shot of inspiration, here a few energetic ideas from all collaborations.
What’s so special about working with independent artists to create furniture and decor? Well, there are quite a few benefits for you as the interior designer. For one thing, you have access to limited-edition pieces. That gives your evolving space an air of uniqueness. Guests are left breathless with good reason, because they’ve literally never seen your artwork before.
Independent artists also like to push the envelope and try new things. Bold colours, abstract designs and intriguing lines; there’s no limit to what they can come up with. In turn, you can push their colour combinations or themes even further with your own design vision.
That’s one reason why many professional interior decorators recommend going with your instincts when making decisions about decor. There’s nothing wrong with getting your heart involved in the equation. In fact, it’s one of the best things you can do. From colours to the overall decor theme, your instincts let you know whether something feels too flashy, not bold enough or just right for your tastes. There are no right or wrong choices, just whether or not your home reflects who you are and what you want to say about yourself.
This kind of excited decor leads to spaces that are felt just as much as seen. They get you – and your guests – involved emotionally. Some rooms might have a relaxing vibe that literally lowers your stress level and gives you a happy outlook. Others are filled with excitement, waking you up and getting your heart pumping. Vibrant colours like cherry red, lime green and ocean-inspired blues are good at that.
Our collaborations cater to a lot of different styles. If you’re into 1950s or 1960s retro, Paris vintage, contemporary, minimalist or modern designs, you’re right at home. Even within wide categories, there’s plenty of room for personal interpretation. You can even create your own fusion of different genres and select elements and inspirations that match. One example is marrying the dark metal, exposed brick and pendant lighting of industrial design with a sleek modern leather sofa. If you love it, it works.
What kind of furniture and decor cater to mid-century or retro styles? Sofas and swivel chairs with pronounced curves have a lot of elements of the 1950s and 1960s, especially when you add tones like tangerine and chocolate. Artwork can be based on your surrounding colour palette or completely free. Retro is all about form over functionality, so you can think outside the box every chance you get.
Collaboration pieces from independent artists especially make amazing accent decor. In other words, they capture your attention and set the tone for the rest of the room. Bold designs are impossible to miss, either because of colour, shape or material. That makes them great for minimalist and modern decor. Even if you only use a couple of elements in a room, their effect is huge.
In eclectic spaces, you’re basically displaying your art collection for the world to see. You don’t have to worry whether your sofa, rug, light fixtures and decor – or even kitchen appliances – are all traditional or all modern. You can mix and match as many styles as you want. They all have a common thread, which might be things like the places you’ve visited or a testament to your personality.