Interior designer reveals how to create an energetic scheme with a simple artwork tip

It's time to turn your home into the MoMA – in the name of interior design

Retro style abstract living room with photograph and books
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Many forms of art have the ability to add color and excitement to your space, but abstract art will particularly revolutionize your scheme, according to those in the know. 

Yes, global designer Martin Waller has reshaped our gallery wall ideas with the revelation that abstract art will bring an injection of life into a scheme of all sizes. 

The Founder of Andrew Martin (opens in new tab) shared a masterclass in how to hang a picture to create the provocative discussion point your dinner party needs. His advice will liven your interiors and create an instant talking point for all who pass through your home – here is how to master a colorful scheme. 

Abstract artwork in a pink and yellow hallway

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'Moods in environments are often dictated by the content of the art on the walls - bright colors and simple, more abstract shapes will make a room feel lively and energetic, whilst stranger or darker subject matter will set a more somber tone,' Martin says.

'Art will also trigger a response from people you invite into your home. Guests might ask, 'why did you pick this?' or 'what does it mean?', providing interesting conversation starters,' he adds. But what makes abstract art so impactful?

Lime green living room with abstract artwork

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'Abstract design transcends a singular style. It is an amalgamation of eras, cultures, and looks until there are no longer boundaries,' he shares. 'It is just as much about surprising the viewer, encouraging them to use their creativity to understand the space,' Martin explains. 

Plus, Martin's tip could not come at a more fashionable time, as abstract art is among the biggest interior design trends of the season. It is unsurprising, therefore, that Martin is not exclusive in his admiration for this colorful craze. 

Retro style living room with vintage photographs

(Image credit: Little Greene)

'The current abstract trend in interior design has arisen from our need to make our homes inspiring and uplifting,' adds designer Sonya Winner (opens in new tab). 'Now that we can welcome people back into our homes, it is increasingly important that the space around us serves as a tangible extension of our personality and the part of ourselves that we want to share,' she adds. 

This is the trend that will uplift our scheme instantly – long may the craze continue. 

Megan Slack
News Writer

Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc’s homes titles, including Livingetc and Homes & Gardens. As a News Writer, she often focuses on micro-trends, wellbeing, celebrity-focused pieces, and everything IKEA. 


Before joining Future, Megan worked as a News Explainer at The Telegraph, following her MA in International Journalism at the University of Leeds. During her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she gained writing experience in the US while studying in New York. Megan also focused on travel writing during her time living in Paris, where she produced content for a French travel site. She currently lives in London with her antique typewriter and expansive collection of houseplants.