Design Inspiration

10 Reasons to Love Figurative Art

Whether you love collecting sculpture or paintings and drawings are more to your liking, there are lots of reasons to appreciate the long-standing appeal of nudes and figurative artwork.

#1  Pairing classical figurative sculpture with a gallery of drawings and photos adds an instantly sophisticated feel to any space in your home. Well-placed mirrors are a clever way to add a feeling of spaciousness, and allow your 3-dimensional artwork to be appreciated from all sides, even in a small space.

(Image: Design by Jarret Interior Design, Courtesy of Houzz)

#2  Nude portraits are part of an established artistic tradition, yet they can also be amazing and energizing when re-interpreted in a modern style. I love how this pop art portrait provides an undeniable focal point above the classical fireplace, and how well it coordinates color-wise with both the sofa and decor.

G. Little Construction
(Image: Photo by Roger Turk – Northlight Photography, Courtesy of Houzz)

#3  Small nudes and figurative sculpture are fantastic additions to creative vignettes and mixed art displays. Try combining new original artwork with your existing decorative pieces to transform your space.

#4  Displaying figure-based art in the bath adds color and personality, and well-placed art can also help tie things together with the rest of your décor.

Intimate spaces, intimate art
(Image: Photo by Blue Tangerine Art, Courtesy of Houzz)

#5  Pairing nudes with animal prints evokes a feeling of drama and history

#6  …or try mixing your figurative art with furry textured throws and pastel hues to conjure chic comfort and luxury.

#7  Mixing classical figurative shapes with abstract sculpture and velvety textures is a sure way to keep things interesting. Try featuring large sculptures on their own pedestal for additional visual impact.

(Image: Photo by Katherine Shenaman Interiors, Courtesy of Houzz)

#8  Statement nudes are a striking way to add a touch of warmth and color to clean white modern spaces.

#9  Figurative artwork combines well with lots of different kinds of art to breathe new life into salon gallery walls.

St. Michael
(Image: Photo by mb design studio, Courtesy of Houzz)

#10 Oversized abstract nudes in brilliant colors make an undeniable style statement, and make great conversation starters in any room.

Sefcovic Residence
(Image: Photo by  Mark Boisclair, Design by Tate Studio Architects, Courtesy of Houzz)