Why You Should Let Your Favorite Art Determine How You Decorate a Room

See how Next Wave designer Caroline Rafferty used a client's modern art collection to inspire a vibrant, colorful room.

It's a common belief that if you want to show off art, white walls are your best bet. (There's a reason it's called "gallery white," right?) But according to Palm Beach-based Next Wave designer Caroline Rafferty, you don't need a blank slate to make your collection pop.

"It's not hard to showcase art in a decorated space," says Rafferty. "It can actually be a great starting point when our clients have existing pieces that they want to incorporate, because it lets us see what kind of style and color and textures they're drawn to."

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For one client with a vast modern art collection, Rafferty designed a living room that's unabashedly colorful and eclectic, but manages highlights the artwork rather than competing with it. "It's all about finding pieces that are in conversation with the art," she says.

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That might mean pulling certain colors into the room's overall palette (for this project, she chose jewel tones and a few dashes of orange), using complementary textures (Rafferty loves the look of art against reflective Venetian plaster walls), or selecting furniture that draws your eye to a specific part of the room (like the multi-level sofa she designed).

Watch the video above to see how she did it!

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