4 Easy Ways to Mix & Match Art

Art Mix and Match on the Interior Collective

Image: Architectural Digest

If you’re anything like me, mixing things up your interior is a must. But where do you draw the line between perfectly mismatched and utter chaos? Walking this line when it comes to art in your home can be especially challenging. To lend a hand, here are my 4 easy ways to mix and match art while still maintaining a sense of cohesiveness and harmony.

Mix & match within the same color palate.


Image: (Left) Design File, (Right) Thom Felicia

This is, perhaps, my favorite way to mix and match art successfully. The example of a Suzanne Kasler vignette on the left is a very literal interpretation of this approach; everything is the same color and tone regardless of the medium. It creates an incredibly cohesive and stunning grouping. The Thom Felicia designed living room on the right takes a looser approach. Each of the works displayed in this interior are muted with a similar depth of color, but all are slightly different; some brighter, some strictly black and white. Either of these approaches can work for you. It will largely depend on the art that you have to work with.

Mix & match within the same period.


Image: Design File

Above, famous designer Martin Lawrence Bullard mixes photography with large canvas paintings from similar time periods in the latter part of the 20th century. The subject matter is unique and completely unrelated, but it works! This particular mix of art makes the room more interesting without being too eclectic. Staying within a similar time period can be an especially successful approach to mixing art when you also incorporate furnishings of the same time period.

Mix & match similar subject matter.


Image: Architectural Digest

I’ve seen this done successfully with maps, portraits, landscapes, seascapes, fashion drawings, botanicals…the list goes on. Grouping by subject matter can be one of the easiest approaches to mixing and matching art. It can really make a focused statement instead of scattering that subject throughout the house. It’s the perfect way to display art that is reminiscent of your hobbies, interests, or personality traits. Nothing gets the point across more than a large art grouping of a similar subject.

Mix & match within the same medium.


Image: Architectural Digest

I keep coming across this living room in the New York apartment of Richard Lambertson and John Truex. Something about it just speaks to me. I think it is largely due to the colorful art contrasted with the neutral furnishings. I love how the two balance each other out. This space is a perfect example of how one can mix art within the same medium. All of these works are bold and interesting on their own, but also work seamlessly together as they are all oil paintings. This same rule applies to photography, watercolors, ink drawings, etc.

Do you have one “go-to” rule for grouping art in your home that isn’t listed above? Keep the conversation going by sharing below!

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Brittany Stiles
Brittany is an interior designer and stylist constantly searching for creativity and inspiration in the world around her. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California where she finds plenty of both. Her interior design studio services a variety of clients throughout California seeking her simple and collected aesthetic. Brittany believes that a house becomes a home when it is beautiful, comfortable and, most importantly, reflects the personality of the people who live inside.