Making Contemporary Art Work

by Cristie Schlosser

Today we are treated with a Guest Post by designer Cristie Schlosser, ASID of
Dallas, Texas.

Color catches the eye and moves you visually through space.

It’s a great accent and can be used with neutrals to make a splash. There are several ways to introduce color; one of these is with artwork and saturated colors used in unexpected areas.

My clients called me and said they had found a house on a wonderful greenbelt just a few blocks away from their existing home. They were really excited. The only concern was that they would have to redo the house and they were not sure about the entry wall.

As I do with many clients, I went with them and their realtor to do a walk through and see what we need to change.

Entry Space Before
Entry Mural and Stairway Before

The entry wall they weren’t sure about turned out to be a spectacular Venetian marble mural of a koi pond that had been commissioned for the curved wall leading upstairs and open to the entry. My first reaction was: ‘Great! We can work with this!’ My clients almost died with anxiety.

Stairway Before
Upper Stairway Before
Entry Stairway Before

Living Room Before

Living Room BeforeLiving Room Fireplace Before

The problem was the traditional banister and railing and entry way light fixture. Visually, these architectural elements conflicted with the contemporary art and made the space feel disjointed and busy.

For this project, I designed a curved clean and contemporary wall which allowed your eye to follow the stairs and take in the mural.

Entry Space After
Entry Wall Stairway and Lighting After

We used a well saturated neutral color on the opposing walls and a coco brown on the two-story-high ceiling to give intimacy to the large open area and frame the windows overlooking the pool and greenbelt beyond.

Living Room After
Living Room After

Living Room Fireplace After

We also replaced the cool colored marble floors with a warm toned cross-cut marble.

The use of saturated, warm-neutral tones allowed the owners bright artwork, and the Venetian marble mural to pop and give balance to the large spaces.


Cristie Schlosser, ASID is a Texas Registered Interior Designer, and can be reached through her full-service interior design practice in Dallas, Texas.

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One Comment for “Making Contemporary Art Work”

Great wall! Are you saying it is marble tiles? which is what part of it looks like, except as a Wall Finisher, there are many other tricks. Just curious…would like to learn more about this project. Thank for sharing!

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