Abstractions in the Interior, How to Understand, and What to Choose?

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Abstract paintings are frequently used for home decoration because they fit into almost any interior, you can play with the size, and it’s simple to select the right color. And, yes, only a large, good abstraction can be superior to a small, good abstraction.

Despite its bright color and even large size, the image does not elicit more emotions over time; instead, it becomes invisible, as if it dissolves into the surrounding environment. Something went horribly wrong…

A lot depends on your goals and objectives when choosing a picture for an interior: do you want to complement the house with a bright spot that fits perfectly in color and shape, or do you want even more – both colors, and shapes, and meanings, and ideas? Do you want the image to respond, not become monotonous, so that the eye is drawn to it repeatedly, wanders through the interweaving of lines and shapes, and discovers something new? The decision will then have to be approached with greater caution.

Here are some ideas for selecting a good abstraction:

Intent. When looking at abstraction, you might think it’s an unintentional combination of shapes and colors. But, as Jackson Pollock, a pillar of abstract expressionism, once said, “there is nothing accidental in good work.” Behind the dashed lines, there must be an idea, a meaning, implying that the picture’s details are not coincidental. Their unconsciously symbolic meaning is revealed to the viewer who pays attention. The composition, as well as all visual means, are subordinated to the artist’s concept.


Wassily Kandinsky, widely regarded as the father of abstract art, has long studied the effects of color.

Circles in a Circle Print 

Artwork: Lavelart Circles in a Circle Print 

Throughout his career, “In his essay “On the Spiritual in Art,” he writes, among other things, that “the eye is increasingly attracted by light colors, and even more so by lighter and warmer tones: cinnabar attracts and beckons us like fire, which a person is always ready to look at greedily.” After a while, a bright lemon-yellow eye hurts like an ear from the high sound of a trumpet. The eye becomes restless, can’t stand the sight of this color for long, and seeks refuge in blue or green. With greater development, this basic action transforms into a more profound impression that has a strong impact on the soul.”

As a result, you must select a color that is not only close to the “palette” of the room, but one that is in tune with you, and the more in tune it is, the more specific its characteristics become for you, and the more distinct the echo in your mind.

It is worth looking at additional colors in the color wheel for those who are ready to develop a little more color perception. It is simple to locate on the Internet. This will provide information about the origins of some colors, as well as additional colors and their mutual influence on one another. Then, instead of simply copying the main colors of the interior, they can be used competently, emphasizing individual elements, accentuating, not to mention the depth of the image and the harmony of themes and ideas.

It’s also worth noting that color has an effect on the human psyche. The color is symbolic, its perception is always subjective, and people’s feelings about it are ambiguous. The artist creates a type of color reality with a distinct impact. Trust your instincts when selecting a painting because it will have an artistic and aesthetic impact on you every day.


Each figure has its own meaning, as well as a distinct “sound.” It becomes more or less expressive as the color increases or fades when it is painted in a specific color.


Lavelart Henri Matisse The Dance

Artwork: Lavelart Henri Matisse The Dance print

It will be an expression of the author’s ideas and meanings, speaking the language of form and color, because the competent color compatibility and detailed arrangement of lines and dots on the canvas allow you to achieve visual harmony even without the image of pleasing to the eye objects. The correct placement of accents in the composition’s construction makes the image more expressive. The effect is becoming more powerful. It is critical that no single “point” in the image draws all of the attention to itself; in this case, you can skip over other equally significant moments.

And, yes, this means that before you choose an abstract painting, you should think about it and feel it.

The author’s “trick”

It is no secret that we recognize great artists based on their iconic distinguishing characteristics. To understand, it is necessary to delve a little deeper into the subject. For a couple of weeks, spend 10-15 minutes before going to bed or in other free time viewing the paintings of recognized masters of abstraction. Begin with Kandinsky, and search engines will often provide some additional options. There is only one condition here — just look, don’t try to understand the meanings and subtleties right away, they will reveal themselves over time, don’t cut from the shoulder — “I don’t understand anything.” Paul Klee, Mark Rothko, Arshile Gorki, Willem de Kullingh, Richard Diebenkorn, Barnett Newman, Frank Stella, Helen Frankentaller, Lee Krasner, Kenneth Nolan, Gerhard Riher, and many more talented artists are among those whose names are “on the ear.” Even a brief “viewing” will significantly broaden your perception. The chosen abstract work will then become not only a timeless artifact for your home, but also a vivid expression of your own thoughts and ideas!

Lavelart Henri Matisse

Lavelart Henri Matisse Prints