Inspiration Gallery: Abstract Art

Take your decorating and style inspiration from graphic geometrics, figurative shapes and a riot of primary colours… Imagine stepping into a Picasso or Braque, then prepare to shake things up

Rocking an edgy Cubist vibe, these hunky bookends throw some hardcore shapes, while the gold wall takes its lead from one of the movement’s standout masterpieces. 

WALL Tiled with City Mais Pattern 8 flat and padded leather tiles, from £632.18sq m, Studioart. FURNITURE Parquet console table, £360, French Connection Home. DETAILS Bel Air Mini Scoop vase, £98, Jonathan Adler. Paris Memphis candleholder, £472, Maison Dada at Silvera. Cubisme Bookend Two in Grey, £170; and Cubisme Bookends One in Grey and Black, £170 each, all L’Objet at Harrods. Blue Sklo wrap sculpture, £175, William & Son. Books, from a selection, Tate Shop and Designers Guild. Flowers, stylist’s own.


With an arrangement of colours to rival a Mondrian, this stylish cabinet would hold its own in any modern gallery.

WALL Painted in Delft Tiles 53 perfect matt emulsion, £44 for 2.5L; with skirting painted in Cobalt 50 perfect water-based eggshell, £59 for 2.5L, both Designers Guild. FLOOR Loha rug, from £295, Kangan Arora for Floor_Story. FURNITURE Haller display shelf, £2,831, USM. Dot side table, £995, Reda Amalou at Silvera. DETAILS On the display shelf, from top: low container in Silver; and high container in Copper, both £212.79 each, Pulpo; Anna Torfs vase, £520, William & Son; wood dolls, £90 each, Vitra at Silvera; Visage Face jug, £150, Lrnce at The Conran Shop; Dita mirror in Blue, £260, Pulpo; Yellow Sklo wrap sculpture, £175, William & Son; books, from £70 each, Designers Guild; Metropolis Murano bag, £345, Furla; tassel keychain, attached to bag, £26, Anthropologie; Gala vase, £198, Jonathan Adler; Jarra vase, £24, Oliver Bonas; Pure Colorado vase, £14, Anthropologie; Stepto vase; and Easter vase, £30 each, both Habitat; and books, as before. Mondrian Mix shoes, £24, Koko Art.


Mounted on an azure blue wall, an abstract rug transforms into a show-stopping piece of art.

WALL As before. WINDOW Curtain made in Edendale Mondrian Red cotton-mix, £165m, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler; and edged in Plains One viscose/linen-mix in Ebony, £34m, Scion. FLOOR Abstracto II rug, from £900, Floor_Story. FURNITURE First Poltrona armchair, £2,529; and pouffe, £779; both upholstered in Velvet Ochre, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. DETAILS Face wool rug, on the wall, £350, Habitat. Cinetique floor lamp, £825, Ligne Roset. Eyes cushion, £60, Habitat. Brushstroke throw, £85, Heal’s. Belle bag, £49.50, Oliver Bonas. Deconstructed Alpargata shoes, £60, Toms.


Decorated with Picasso-inspired line drawings, these fresh-faced jugs give a witty wink to the trend.

WALL For details, see opposite. DETAILS Volcano vase, £595, Designers Guild. NasonMoretti red whisky glass, £60, William & Son. Brutalist small-footed bowl, £58, Jonathan Adler. Two-handled Face jug, £150; and Visage Face jug, as before, both Lrnce at The Conran Shop. Halla vase, £35, Made.com. Blue Twist vase, £61, BoConcept. For details of the table and mirror, see opposite.


A punchy paper runs rings round Cubist shapes, with a snazzy table and chic chandelier circling in on the action.

WALL Papered in Segments wallpaper in Heather-Gold, £56 a roll, Harlequin. FURNITURE Drum table, £4,872, Julian Chichester. Conference side chairs, £1,020 each, Eero Saarinen at Aram Store. Antwerp credenza sideboard, £2,750, Jonathan Adler. DETAILS Velletri chandelier, £385, Graham and Green. On the sideboard: Play Art artwork, £77.49, Mijo Studio; Sad Face artwork, £35; in Ontario frame, £14.40, both Habitat; black paint splash artwork, stylist’s own design; Play 2 artwork, £70, Tom Pigeon; Ribba frame in White, £12, and Ribba frames in Black, from £6 each, all Ikea; Dennis jug, £35, Habitat; Brutalist bowl, as before; Melon Green pitcher, £95, Designers Guild; Starburst table lamp, £340, Out There Interiors; and Yellow Mila bowl, £102.91, Pulpo. On the table: Sonje tumblers, £20 for four; Daan cake stand, £45; and Daan bowl, £29, all Made.com; Ura yellow-edged mirror, used as a tray, £482, Ligne Roset; Turini gold-finish 16-piece cutlery set, £95; Dennis 12-piece dinner set, £135; and Pinya pasta bowl in Black, £7, all Habitat; and linen napkins, £12.50 each, The Conran Shop.


Nodding to a rebel artist’s untamed brush strokes, this painterly fabric bigs up the vivid yellow chest.

WALL Painted in Pure Brilliant White matt emulsion, £16.50 for 2.5L, Crown. WINDOW Curtain made in Solaro 10734.65 linen, £128m, Nobilis Fontan; and edged in Quartz in Green cotton/linen-mix, £110m, Fermoie. FURNITURE French Louis chest in Vintage Yellow, £1,250, Out There Interiors. DETAILS Vesuvius table lamp, £595, Jonathan Adler. Dita table mirror in Red, £212.79, Pulpo. Wood doll, as before. Day artwork, £50, Tom Pigeon. Ribba frame in White, as before. Golden heads, £660 each, Julian Chichester.


A low-slung sofa daubed in a showy palette pings against the subdued colours and simple shapes in the rug.

WALL Painted in Green Verditer 92 absolute matt emulsion, £43.50 for 2.5L, Little Greene. WINDOW Curtains made in Fresco Malachite cotton/viscose-mix, £171.50m, Dedar. FLOOR Adana rug, £789, BoConcept. FURNITURE Cloud sofa, £3,632.40, B&B Italia; upholstered in Russolo F7187-01 velvet, £165m, Osborne & Little. Mohana table, £1,066, SP01 Designs at Silvera. DETAILS Phenomena floor lamp, £4,260, Bomma at Poliform. Cushions, from left: Optical cushion, £88, Nomess at Silvera; and Berlingot cushion in Ocre, £54, Iosis at Yves Delorme. On the table, from left: Pico Pao Tangram game, £50, The Conran Shop; books, as before; Potpourri carafe in Dark Blue, £140, Pulpo; and Volcano vase in Pale Blue, £490, Alissa Volchkova at Designers Guild.


The lines of the tables are set to repeat, while a pictorial cushion is the perfect foil to a raw and simplistic pendant.

WALL Papered in Afternoon wallpaper, £870 a panel, Hèrmes; and painted in Delft Tiles 53 perfect matt emulsion, £44 for 2.5L; with skirting painted in Cobalt 50 perfect water-based eggshell, £59 for 2.5L, both Designers Guild. FURNITURE Anda chair, £1,565, Pierre Paulin at Ligne Roset. Iso A side table in White; and Iso B side table in Black, £297 each, both Petite Friture at Silvera. DETAILS Bau pendant light, £190, Normann Copenhagen. Abstract face cushion, £25, Made.com. Blue cushion, £6.50, Ikea. Azuis vase, £40, Habitat. Books and flowers, as before.


Primary colours and hand-drawn shapes make for a dynamic wallpaper that’s beautifully framed by contrasting blues.

WALL Papered in Afternoon wallpaper; with skirting painted in Cobalt 50 perfect water-based eggshell, both as before. Door painted in Delft Tiles 53 perfect water-based eggshell, £59 for 2.5L, Designers Guild. FURNITURE Cupertino desk, from £879, BoConcept. Real Good chair, £159, Blu Dot at Heal’s. DETAILS On the desk: London table light, £469, Original BTC; Hannah Bould vase, £55, Toast; Jakar manikin, £12.95, Cowling & Wilcox; Sabine key tassel in Scarlet, £22, Samuel & Sons; Artist Paint Drip jug, £20, Tate Shop; pigments, from £12.50 each; oil paints, £30.30 each; paintbrushes, from £9 each; and Seawhite Euro A4 sketchbook, £7.40, all Green & Stone; and Orange notebook, £3, Paperchase. Ink pot vase, £895, Miche Follano at Designers Guild. Rolls of paper, from £6.99 a roll, Amazon.


A headboard upholstered in vivid visages creates quite a face off. Threads of mustard help tie the look together.

WALL Painted in Green Verditer 92 absolute matt emulsion, as before. FURNITURE Made to order headboard, from £375, plus 2.5m fabric, The Dormy House; upholstered in Kagura Tutti Frutti linen, £192m, Pierre Frey. Simba Hybrid double mattress, £599, Simba Sleep. Fante L side table, £1,800, Studio G&R at Gallotti&Radice. DETAILS Charlock throw, £365; and cushion, £132, both Eleanor Pritchard. Tana waffle bedspread, £149, Heal’s. Luxury satin embroidered double bedlinen, £39.50, Marks & Spencer. Blue cushion cover, £3.99, H&M Home. Graffiti Drips cushion, £130, Timorous Beasties. Athena Celadon pillowcases, £80 for two, Yves Delorme. Crushed linen double sheet in Green, £175, Volga Linen. On the table: Arabesque table lamp, £105, Out There Interiors; Sonje tumbler, as before; and Alphabet key ring purse, £12, Oliver Bonas.

Photography ⁄ Simon Bevan

Styling ⁄ Rebecca de Boehmler

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