Art has always influenced interior design, from the paintings we hang on our wall to pull the look of a room together, to the unique pieces which turn our homes into exhibition spaces.

This season, designers have been taking a leaf out of the artists’ notebook with painterly florals, abstract designs and sculptural pieces which wouldn’t look out of place in a gallery.

Painterly florals are set to cover everything from shoes to sofas this summer and best of all they’re easy to achieve.

If you want to create your own feature wall, lightly draw your design on a clean dry surface, sketching out the colours you want to use – rather like a colour by number – then, using a soft sponge, blend the shades together with your fingertips to achieve a painterly finish.

The Estella rug from Barker and Stonehouse in  Summer Orange is a wors of art – 100% wool, handtufted in India and featuring graphic stripes it’s are perfect for enlivening a creative space.

The Haze cushion features a vibrant abstract design to bring a splash of colour to any room. Mix and match scatter cushions in complementary shades against a cream leather sofa, such as the De Sede DS 164, for a cool contemporary look.

If you really want to turn heads, it’s got to be the Duresta Wolfgang sofa, available at Barker and Stonehouse. A wonder in rainbow velvet stripes, it’s perfect for creative minded people with a love of colour and high style.

French designers Ligne Roset understand the ‘art’ of making furniture and consistently create pieces which combine an artistic aesthetic with a practical purpose. The Interstice is an occasional table with a low boat-shaped outline comprising four surfaces linked together by chrome steel connectors, so you can display key items or store books and papers. Choose from a solid walnut or gloss white lacquered finish.

Oversized or undersized accessories are a great foil for this kind of artistic setting – look for large scale sculptures or children’s furniture such as the Kartell Lou Lou Baby Ghost chair to create a distorted perspective.

Offset the whimsical nature of this look with industrial lighting such as the small pendant fishing lights from Barker and Stonehouse.

Alternatively, play the English eccentric with the distinctive Gyro table lamp in antique rust. Inspired by ancient military spheres, the Gyro combines chandelier style lights within a vintage iron framework for true statement lighting.

And art doesn’t have to be dramatic, this branch wall mounted coat rack is based on the turned legs of Windsor chairs and adds a simple yet sculptural look to your storage solution.

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