Often, art is the last thing people think about when designing a room. It is treated as an afterthought, or as something that looks nice but is unnecessary. Art has the potential to be so much more though. It can be the inspiration, the focus and the essential element that brings your space together.
This month we had a conversation with artist Lana Lopez and designer Cindy Proctor about using art in interior design. We’re excited to share our conversation with you and hope it will help you think about incorporating art into your home.
Tell us a little bit about yourselves.
Lana Lopez (LL): I am an artist, but more importantly, I am a wife, mom and grandmother. My husband, Dave, and I live in Edmond with our two rescue Golden Retrievers, Bruce and Russ.
Cindy Proctor (CP): My husband Justin and I have been married for almost 21 years. We have 3 beautiful children. We live in Piedmont, Oklahoma with our Portuguese Water Dog, Dallas. I am a visual arts educator at Putnam City schools, as well as an interior designer.
How did you get started?
LL: My love of art began with my grandmother, mother and aunt, who were all artists. I can remember as early as 10 years old, my aunt driving me to art classes. I started painting because I loved to draw and I wanted to fill in between the lines. When I was young, I had a wonderful and creative art teacher, Charles Faudree, who taught me so much about style and color.
CP: Like Lana, my family inspired me to get started as a designer. My mother sewed clothing for many women and girls. She made beautiful hand-beaded wedding gowns and prom dresses. She spent many late nights at her machine, something I never thought I would do – I don’t have the patience! About 17 years ago, I wanted a new master bedding set and my sister encouraged me to make it myself. Our mother told us to never say never, and now I’ve sewn over 600 pillows and 75 bedding sets.
Why incorporate art in interior design?
CP: I like to use art as a starting point for my clients. Often, they will be overwhelmed with decisions at the beginning. Choosing artwork first can help me understand their personalities and preferences. Using art as the inspiration, it becomes easier to choose a color scheme or style for a room. Design decisions are much easier to make after we have that initial piece chosen.
LL: I agree! I think it brings joy to a room and can reflect the spirit of a home’s owners. Plus, adding a pop of color to your walls make a huge difference in a room.
CP: That is one of the reasons why I like shopping at Fabrics Unlimited. No matter what my client’s style is, I know there will be a fabric they like that will have a big impact in their home. Pairing beautiful art with gorgeous fabric can really define a space. From there, it is easier to match paint colors and accessories.
How do you incorporate art into your own home?
CP: Art is often my inspiration in my home. I like to pull the colors from a piece of work and choose fabrics to reflect the mood that the artist is trying to convey. Art can influence the entire feel of a space and make it feel like home!
LL: My husband says he and our dogs get to live in my gallery. I fill our walls with all types of mixed media.
It’s easy to second-guess decisions in design and art. How do you know you feel confident with your projects?
CP: The smile on my clients’ faces are ultimately the reward for me. If they are happy with their space, I know I have done my job and I can rest knowing that they will enjoy it!
LL: I am so blessed when someone comes up to me and says, “your artwork makes me happy.” To me, that is my greatest achievement and brings so much joy into my heart.