Don’t Be Afraid to Show Some Skin

Monday, September 13, 2010 | Category: Art, Material Girls Projects, Trends, Walls

Of course you’ve seen the black and white- maps, botanicals, and architectural drawings pop up everywhere in rooms these days.  You can’t hardly open up a magazine without seeing a series of them somewhere within its pages.

But how about the black and white nudes?  I keep seeing these sketchy pieces of art everywhere lately and although I usually shy away from something like this, I actually found myself purchasing a pair for a client, from the Robert Allen showroom the other day.

{John Richards- at Robert Allen}

What I loved about these is that they weren’t incredibly detailed and didn’t get too up close and personal with any body parts :).  They were  just very simple and sophisticated.  They were exactly the kind of series that I had envisioned to set on top of this busy “nude” geometric wallpaper by Osborne and Little in a small dining area.

And as luck would have it, the figure sketches ended up working out perfectly for the room!  The repetition of the wallpaper’s neutrals within the art and bit of black to act as a punctuation mark, made a nice graphic statement on the wall, without screaming for attention. I always say, every room needs a touch of black!

Now that I’m no longer looking for these figure sketches, I keep coming across them everywhere!  Are these the new “botanicals”?

Ashley Goforth used one on her client’s gallery wall.

{Via Decorpad}

Z Gallerie- Spa Day 3

William Sonoma Home- “Anna In Repose”

Horchow- “Nude” Paintings

Soicher Marin- Nude Sepia Drawings after Fragonard

1st Dibs- Etherial Figure Drawing

Paragon- Nudes

What are your thoughts on the nude figure drawings?  Love ’em for interiors or leave ’em for anatomy class?

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4 Comments to 'Don’t Be Afraid to Show Some Skin'

Down comforter 14 Sep 10 at 9:08 am

The Spa day 3 is my fav..I think those are ferfect for the master bathroom or bedroom…

Lindley Arthur 14 Sep 10 at 9:29 pm

Love them…especially grouped together in the bath. My Mom collects vintage nudes and has them above the tub in her bathroom – they’re wonderful!

Kim 20 Sep 10 at 10:35 pm

I love the figure drawings! Granted I’ve drawn my share of them in college. I think they can be so sophisticated and chic.

P.S. I hope Maddie loved them in her dining room!

MarathonMom 22 Sep 10 at 11:44 am

I really like the John Allen pieces. The artwork as well as the matting and frames. Where can I buy them?

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