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Choosing Abstract Expressionist Prints: My Guide for Interior Designers

on December 26, 2023

To help interior designers select the best Abstract Expressionist prints for their projects, I'm sharing my list of 4 basic yet crucial factors for designers to consider. If you're a designer, or maybe trying on a designer hat, this guide will help you choose an Abstract Expressionist print that truly and effectively complements and enhances the space you're working on.

#1. Mood and Atmosphere: Since Abstract Expressionist paintings have no subject matter, it's essential to first identify the mood and atmosphere you wish to evoke in the room. Abstract Expressionist prints come in a wide variety of styles, from bold and vibrant compositions to more subdued and contemplative pieces. Matching the emotional tone of the artwork with the desired ambiance of the space is crucial for creating a cohesive and impactful design.

interior design color palette samples on a table

#2. Color Palette: Consider the color palette of the Abstract Expressionist prints in relation to the overall color scheme of the room. Prints with complementary or contrasting colors can add visual interest and depth to the space, while prints that echo the room's existing color palette can create a harmonious and unified look.

#3. Scale: Another important factor to consider is the scale of the prints in relation to the size of the room and the surrounding furnishings. Large-scale prints can make a bold statement and serve as a focal point in the space, while smaller prints can be used to create visual balance and add layers of texture and detail.

ai generated room with wood flooring, a blank cement wall, a plant, and sun coming through a window.

#4. Style and Aesthetic: Take into account the style and aesthetic of the Abstract Expressionist prints and how they align with the overall design concept of the space. Whether the design is modern and minimalist or eclectic and bohemian, choosing prints that resonate with the client's personal taste and the design vision is key to creating a cohesive and harmonious interior.

By carefully considering these factors, interior designers can confidently select Abstract Expressionist prints that not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of the space but also contribute to its overall atmosphere and ambiance.


Pete Stein
Founder, Galerie Stein

Galerie Stein will be presenting several contemporary Abstract Expressionist artists both virtually at and in our gallery in Montreal in 2024.
Contact: Pete Stein at