The Ovation network’s The Art Of series explores art beyond gallery walls, as it profiles virtuosos of winemaking, sneaker design, desserts and more. For the latest episode, The Art Of: Home airing June 8, the show tapped our very own Judd Lord, Delta Faucet’s director of industrial design. “The art of the home is hidden in plain sight,” Lord says. “There's art and involvement with everything you have in your house.” Keep clicking for five ways you can turn your home into a work of art.
Art in the kitchen should be thoughtful and functional. Get creative with storage by placing dry goods in unexpected containers like vintage coffee cans, recycled soda bottles or bright glazed earthenware pots. Keep them varied in height and color for an eclectic look, or place a series of identical canisters side-by-side for a linear effect. A simple stack of cookbooks adds a dash of color and a graphic element.
Use your dining table as an artistic focal point and think outside the vase. A piece of driftwood or a twisty branch can give an organic touch to a sleek acrylic tabletop, just as an arrangement of wine bottles spray-painted a stark, shiny white modernizes a traditional one. Or play anthropologist and corral a few similarly sized, matching objects—say, your son’s red firetruck and tomatoes from your garden—on a simple tray. Still stuck on the vase? Put something unexpected inside, like stems of Swiss chard or a “bouquet” of drumsticks.
Throw out the Dewey decimal system and reinvigorate your bookshelf. Start with the surfaces: Consider painting or wallpapering each shelf; once the books are in, you’ll see just a pop of pattern. Next, arrange books by color, alternating between standing them up vertically and stacking them horizontally. Then, shop your own house for bookends, which might be carefully curated souvenirs or heirlooms. Inherited Great-Aunt Sally’s mantel clock? Bring it out of its basement box and put it on display.
If your entry table’s become a graveyard of unopened mail and abandoned keys, clear out the clutter and make the surface a subtle preview of your design style. Introduce your home’s beachy feel by placing keys in a large shell. Accent a modern scheme with a lacquered box. Or dress up a traditional foyer with a single bloom in a novel “vase”—an old perfume bottle, a mason jar or a teacup.
It’s ironic that the place where you most need to be most creative is often so starved of visual inspiration. Purge your desk’s surface (every sticky note must go!) and when the slate is clean, add a small array of desk supplies in a single color, or mix it up with vintage versions on an antique wooden tray. Slip a photo in a coordinating frame. It doesn’t have to be a family portrait; Choose a nature scene or a pop-art print you love. If your roller chair seems strictly business, swap it out for a bold upholstered armchair. There’s no rule saying it has to have wheels.