Artistic Expression

Artistic Expression | Style Stories

Darren Palmer has a broad portfolio, having studied fine art & graphic design, originally working in advertising and owning his own graphic design company. After succumbing to his true passion, Darren now operates his own interior design studio and has been a judge on numerous seasons of The Block.

Art isn’t just for walls. We’re increasingly seeing designs created or inspired by artists applied to all kinds of interior décor – from bed linen, cushions, towels, rugs to crockery – making the ‘elite’ art world accessible, affordable and tangible for everyone.

Finnish design powerhouse, Marimekko, started this trend back in the 1950s, transferring their graphic art onto fabrics. They now not only have a vast collection of textiles and fashion lines, but a range of interior products from trays, plates, mugs, table cloths and bowls to cushions, through to storage solutions, blankets and bedding that all feature their signature edgy art prints.

The transference of art to beautify interior accessories is a trend that is set to continue.

Expect to see dramatic macro painterly strokes, bold arcs, playful patterns and quirky bright prints that are reminiscent of ‘80s-esque Ken Done creations coming to the fore on home interior textiles and upholsteries.

Much like art, there are no rules when applying this look into your interiors through decorative accessories and soft furnishings. Patterns paired with tonal, earthy or vivid colours, through to monochromatic schemes will be in, bringing a sense of optimism and cheer. The result creates visual interest in a contemporary home with a touch of edginess and stylish quirk.

Enjoy the painterly look on your bed with the Darren Palmer Surge Jacquard Quilt Cover Set. Embrace the expressive brush stroke quality with Carpet Court’s Contempo Colour Etched Almond Rug. For a more traditional approach to artistic application that is romantic and fluid in form, look to Carpet Court’s Botanical Rugin colour Flower Multi.

Artistic Expression | Style Stories

Get the Carpet Court Look

1. Botanical Rug in Flower Multi

2. Surge Jacquard Quilt Cover Set by Darren Palmer (Myer)

3. Contempo Rug in Dusky Blue