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Inspiration: Primarily Modern Mondrian

Happy Birthday Piet Mondrian!  Here’s to the game-changing Dutch artist who infinitely advanced the boundaries of abstract art while transforming his own style and vision. Although his artistic journey began by painting more representational landscapes in natural tones, Mondrian is best-known for his abstracted grids, with their clear black lines and primary color palette, created in hopes of inspiring a sense of balance, unity and harmony.

Mixing in a modern photograph or collage in a primary palette has the power to re-energize your gallery wall or a tabletop vignette. (Image: Portrait 2: Mondrian. – Limited Edition # 5 of 10, art photography by Saatchi Art artist Roberto Voorbij. Learn more about Roberto and his artist portraits at Inside the Studio…)

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From mod fashions to modern architecture and design, Mondrian’s style remains influential. In celebration of his iconic style, enjoy some of these standout interiors and contemporary artworks that bring Mondrian to mind…

Geometric colored shelving is a fun and functional way to add a Mondrian-modern feel to sleek spaces. (Image: Design by Kyra Clarkson Architect / Photo by Steven Evans Photography, courtesy of Houzz)

A contemporary beach cottage channeling the style of Mondrian lights up the landscape with welcoming color. (Image: Design and photo by Castanes Architects PS, courtesy of Houzz)

Abstract primary colored paintings can provide eye-catching focal points in contemporary kitchens. Red has the power to increase appetites, while yellow adds a welcoming glow, and blue brings a sense of balance. Read our recent post to learn more about using the positive power of color in your home design. (Image: Interior in Red, Yellow, Blue, an original oil painting by Saatchi Art artist Patty Rodgers)

Mondrian-inspired glossy subway tile brings a cheerful boost of energy to a modern minimal bath. (Image: Design and photo by Chiara Colombini, courtesy of Houzz)

Mondrian’s influence extends past the purely modern. Here, primary colored walls add an unexpected twist to an eclectic traditional dining room while providing attractive contrast to framed artwork and mirrors. (Image: Design and photo by Katherine Stern Design, courtesy of Houzz)

Try a geometric wooden wall sculpture inspired by Mondrian to expand the sense of color and dimension in a modern minimal or mid-century styled home design scheme. (Image: Composition no.1, an original contemporary sculpture by Saatchi Art artist Michael Rickett)

Primary colors brighten up a backyard oasis in North London. (Image: Photo by Ian Pierce, courtesy of Houzz)

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About the Author

Daryl Gammons-Jones is a contributor to Saatchi Art's blog. In addition to writing about art and design, she specializes in collecting, creating, and producing images for a diversity of creative endeavors.