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The Earth’s Palette: Decorating Your Space with Earthy Art

Art Lovers | 23 April 2024

Written by Krista Worthington


The arrival of cooler months often heralds a shift in our interior design sensibilities, leading us to seek warmth and coziness. One of the most powerful tools to achieve this transformation is art. The right piece, with its earthy red tones and brown richness, can infuse a room with the essence of autumn and winter.

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Cutting, Barkers Creek II by MICHAEL WOLFE | 185 x 65cm, Acrylic on canvas

In this post, we will explore how to curate your own gallery of earthy art to create a haven of warmth, as well as what these tones convey and how to integrate them into your living space. Whether you’re an art enthusiast looking to expand your collection, a home decor aficionado with a penchant for the season’s latest aesthetic, or an interior designer seeking to inspire your clients, this article will be your guide to harnessing the earth’s palette for soul-soothing spaces.

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Way Up North by BERNADETTE TWOMEY | 125 x 125cm, Acrylic on canvas

The Appeal of Earthy Tones in Art

Earthy tones, with their underlying warmth and organic feel, have an intrinsic appeal that transcends trends. They are the colours of the landscape, the soil, and the changing seasons, which makes them particularly resonant in autumn and winter.

The Emotional Warmth of Red

Red, in its earthiest forms, is not just a colour; it is an emotion. It represents passion, grounded energy, and the unrelenting beat of the heart. When harnessed in art, it draws us in, evoking feelings of love, comfort, and a deep-rooted connection to our surroundings.

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Ever After by DAYARNE SMITH | 183 x 122cm, Mixed media on canvas

The Richness of a Deep Brown

Brown, with its decadent richness, is a grounding force. It can serve as the canvas on which other colours dance, accentuating its depth and warmth, or it can act as a statement colour all on its own, exuding confidence and stability.

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Dame Aux Pêches by DAN MASON | 100 x 150cm, Oil & mixed media on linen

Finding the Right Piece

Selecting the perfect piece of art is a highly personal endeavor. It is not just about finding what looks good; it’s about choosing a work that resonates with you on a deep, emotional level.

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Mother Earth by JACOB SARRA | 150 x 100cm, Acrylic on canvas

Integrating Earthy Art into Your Home

Once you’ve found that one-of-a-kind piece that reflects the warmth and depth you desire, it’s time to integrate it into your home.

Creating a Focal Point

Use your art to create a focal point in a room. This could be a large canvas above a mantelpiece, a gallery wall along a staircase, or a striking piece that anchors your entryway.

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Hot Summer by SUSAN TRUDINGER | 50 x 40cm, Acrylic on canvas

Harmonizing with Your Colour Palette

Ensure the colors in your art harmonize with the existing colour scheme of the room. Earthy reds and brown hues can complement neutral hues like beiges and greys, or they can add depth to spaces with bolder colour choices.

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Catch Me If You Can by KYLIE SAMS | 122 x 152cm, Mixed media on canvas

Mixing and Matching Styles

Don’t be afraid to mix and match different styles in your art collection. A contemporary piece with earthy reds can look stunning alongside a more traditional chocolate-brown landscape. The juxtaposition can add intrigue and dynamism to your interior.

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A Day’s Journey by TANIA CHANTER | 190 x 100cm, Acrylic on canvas

In conclusion, art when chosen and displayed thoughtfully, has the power to transform a space. By incorporating the earthy tones of red and chocolate brown, you can create an interior that is not only stylish but also emotionally resonant. In these cooler months, invest in art that warms not just your walls, but your soul. Whether it’s a vibrant painting that becomes the room’s focal point or a series of rich, evocative prints, the earth’s palette invites you to infuse your living space with the spirit of the season.

You made me a fighter! (Bye bye gaslighter) by FERN SIEBLER | 30.5 x 20cm, Mixed media on canvas


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