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Decorate your home, David Hockney style!

This month David Hockney's most iconic works are coming to Tate Britain, so grab your tickets and go down to see the works up close (I am heading there this Friday! Cannot wait!). Like many who love art in its many forms, I surely enjoy Hockney's simplified way of drawing and love his 60s and 70s drawings as much as his more recent work ("82 portraits and 1 still life").

Could you have a home that is decorated in a "David Hockney" style? Potentially yes, but it would take a lot of courage to inject so much colour, especially in homes with smaller rooms. You could however use colours from his paintings to create a scheme within your home - just with accessories.



Above: taking inspiration from this David Hockney painting, colourful products from A Splash of Colour can be used in combinations: light blue and yellow, light and dark blue, dark blue and yellow. Use a light blue like St Giles Blue from Farrow & Ball on the wall and add a yellow sofa from

IDEA: Use yellow around the kitchen area to create a fun family room. You could add blue TOLIX style chairs here or add some artwork that includes light blue. She below a work by Australian born Anna Higgie.

Artwork: Anna Higgie is an Australian born illustrator now living and working in Bristol, England. Anna spends most of her time in her Stokes Croft studio where she uses a combination of traditional and digital techniques to create her illustrations. Kaufmann House (£85) is a limited edition print (25) of an original illustration by Anna Higgie (2013-2014) for GQ Japan.

"The Kaufmann Desert House is a house located in Palm Springs, California, that was designed by architect Richard Neutra in 1946. It was one of the last large-commission domestic projects designed by Richard Neutra, but it is also arguably one of his most architecturally noteworthy and famous homes." (source: Wikipedia)





This portrait from '82 Portraits and 1 Still life' by David Hockney is so intense and tongue in cheek. Plus, I know a lot of people who just absolutely hate the posh kind of pink/red trousers. I am not a a huge fan of this colour combo, but it still works.

Dulux Sapphire Springs 3 is a great colour for a backdrop with a hot pink sofa for example. But it is a pretty bold combination that may tire you soon.

In the photos below (via Moody's Home, photos by Gaelle LeBoulicaut), pinks, greens and purples play together in harmony against an otherwise neutral background.



If you like a neutral background and want to inject some colour through artwork in the David Hockney style, here are some suggestions.

Etsy shop owner Timothy Hunt made a drawing of Arnold Schwarzenegger when he was little. His Grandma thought it was so good she mounted it onto some card, this was so encouraging he continued to make art ever since. This depiction of David Hockney really caught my eye!

Samantha French (below) graduated from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2005. Her paintings show a strong connection to her Minnesota lifestyle and memories. She is a full time painter and keeps her studio in NYC. Her limited edition prints start at £50-60.

This is "Carrelage et ciel bleu" by German Kunstbetrieb Alujevic. His work is strongly oriented on stylistic means of Pop Art and trivial things of daily life which are iconic-like presented as artworks. Via Saatchi Art.

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