Source: Jeanelle Deppner writes for WallDecorandHomeAccents.com, taken from Interior Design Geek
Decorating with Original Paintings
The key to decorating with an original work of art is to link it to other furnishings and style elements in the room. If your dining room is built around a Mediterranean influence, for example, a beautiful original painting of Italy’s Amalfi coast or the sun drenched isles of Greece would make an excellent focal point above a server or buffet. Choose a piece large enough to make a statement without overwhelming the space and think about colors and fabrics in the room that may complement colors in the painting. An original painting adds texture to any room. Play on this texture and complement it with raised tone-on-tone patterns in curtain panels and dining chair fabric.
Frameless canvas art is often designed in a series with several panels contributing to one image. A grouping of panels comprised to create a focal image will not only add decorative value through the images, but also through the arrangement of panels on the wall. From contemporary to traditional themes, frameless canvas art can be chosen and arranged to make the most of available wall space, whether it is expansive or modest. Abstract pieces can be arranged horizontally or vertically as you please, to bring graphically dramatic impact to a contemporary dining room. Frameless canvas art is even more affordable then framed pieces because you are not paying for the addition of a frame. The sides of the frameless panels are painted in the same color as the background of the painting which gives them a distinctive finish.
Accentuate with Style
Once your original painting is chosen and displayed, accent it with stylish accents.
• Candle wall sconces and candlelight on the table will add soft illumination to the artwork, adding warm ambiance to the room.
• Wall planters will add more interest to the walls and complement the style and color of the painting. Glass vases hung from mat metal wall holders add distinctive modern style when used to hold fresh seasonal blooms. Metal wall pockets and wall planters can be filled with fresh or faux flowers, making a dramatic flower arrangement on the wall.
• Metal wall sculpture or wrought iron wall art that reflects the colors and style of the room will add dimension to the space. Use it on an adjoining wall or choose several small pieces to be used in conjunction with canvas art of an appropriate size.
• Place framed wall mirrors where they will reflect the beauty of your canvas art and multiply its impact.