In 2019, art lovers and home interior decorators follow the latest visual trends from around the globe turning away from a one-size-fits-all art design and décor movement to deliver radical personalisation – putting you squarely in the spotlight.

This couldn’t be more relevant to core of art and design because – whether we are creating it or responding to it – visual design is a reflection of us; both our tastes and our deeper selves.

#1 Trend: Personalisation

When we choose and hang a piece of art on our wall, either at home, in our office or on a client’s new home interior, it’s meant to mean something, right? Art should be speaking a language; one that you can hear. Today, we are no longer being asked to accept the monologue of mass produced ‘decorative’ items.

Thanks to technology, art is no longer static concept on a wall either. Personalisation has taken a giant leap into our everyday lives thanks to art-on-demand merchandise and print giants such as Fine Art America, Saatchi Art, and Work Art. Today, we can replicate that same original art piece which hangs above our bed and which we love so much and have it reproduced again across at least 15 ordinary items we use each day.

The advantages of custom printed art branding mean we can serve cocktails on coasters that match our art on the wall. We could get so personalised in fact, that we can commission a self-portrait by our favourite artist and have it printed as our own brand across greeting cards, throw pillows as gifts to the family, tee-shirts, clocks, laptop sleeves, cellphone covers, scarves, leggings, shower curtains, aprons, tiles, sheets and duvet covers, fridge magnets, notebooks, bags and totes and yes, even your baby’s onesie… While most of us would never take personalisation this far, its interesting to note that it is possible to reach for celebrity brand inspirations in personalisation at the level of ‘Kardashian’, if we so choose.

#2 Trend: Space and Mass Participation

Today, the aesthetic of contemporary art and art prints are there to elevate the spaces we live and work in. It’s a reality that in an ever-burgeoning world where real estate prices are climbing, the spaces themselves and the art we place in them are diminishing.

Decorative interiors can still be manipulated with the selection of one focal art piece as the anchor visual or the use of a gallery wall of smaller collection art pieces or even the creation of a running theme reflected throughout the different rooms, hallway, bathroom and kitchen in the home or office space.

#3 Using Fine Art as Prints

Artist David Barkham, not only paints in triplicate (he enjoys painting three canvases at any one time in his Scarborough studio), he also produces series of artworks such as his Bicycle Series and Nude Series. “I have been called a memory artist. My series offer many smaller pieces reflecting different moments of emotion. Large, domineering art has taken a step back, instead we are asked to step closer, to look in, to find the echo across a series of pieces from different moments in time.”

Barkham’s themes take an old school approach to the modern trend of the memories of aesthetics from past decades. And right on trend, since most contemporary art buyers don’t have masses of empty wall space to fill, his pieces are smaller yet make up a wistful collection of motion and moment that rather than making a room looked crammed, provide a running theme over backdrops, landscapes and a variety of wall interior throughout the home or office space.

#4 Trend: Neutral Outdoors

Perhaps because spaces are smaller, 2019 brings a return to neutrals and the colours and textures of the outdoors.

Where before we might have leant towards minimalist and pale, the neutrals of 2019 are more dramatic, where patterns reflect that of the artist’s hand and brushstroke, using natural pigments like ochre and terracotta, sourced from clays and volcanic rocks, which have been used by artists all over the world for generations. Here we are asked to witness a certain natural imperfection, using the flow and inconsistency of Nature.

#5 Trend: On Being a Maximalist                                                                                             

According to www.wantedonline.com, a new term for 2019 is ‘maximalism’, a maxi trend of ‘more is more’ where we use our spaces to embrace personality and character through a generosity of layering rather than quantity, using patterning, texture and collections of treasured travel finds.

Says decorator Liam Mooney quoted in the article: “Having a lot of stuff that you don’t love makes you a hoarder, not a maximalist. Constantly edit and refine your eye, forget about interior design and rather focus on populating your life with objects that turn you on!”

Here’s to being turned on in 2019 by nothing more than your own personal taste in art curation. To view fine artist David Barkham’s series of oil painting and prints visit www.davidbarkhamartist.com

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