Richard Diebenkorn and Milton Avery are among my favorite artists.
Diebenkorn carved his landscapes with a palette knife and brush while Avery skillfully ordered what he saw into balanced shapes of color. So when I set my mind to creating a design that was looser and freer than what I normally do, I deferred to these two masters as well as a number of lesser known artists working in the modern abstract medium today.
My goal was to create a design that was as vibrant as the art I see on walls. And since my "canvas" for the last 6 or so years has been decorative home accessories, a lamp seemed a great place to start. A pair of Modern Art lamps would look stunning in an all white room.
Likewise mixing a beautiful abstracted piece of art like the gouache painting below, with a traditional wallpaper and a smart red tartan adds just the right counterpoint.
Mixing genre, scale and style is one way to maximize the dramatic effect of a room.