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Issue 95 · Gothic Influence · October 25, 2013

10 Favorites: Portraits as Decor

Issue 95 · Gothic Influence · October 25, 2013

Vintage oil portraits no longer speak of formality or of ancestral eyes following your every action. Instead, we've been noticing that displaying portrait paintings in unorthodox ways, such as propped up against a wall or in a casual grouping gives the sense of being surrounded by the warmth and security of friends. Here are 10 favorites examples:

Full height oil portrait in dining room, Nicholas Scuybroek, Coffeklatch | Remodelista

Above: In Belgian architect Nicholas Schuybroek's house, a full-scale frameless portrait of a potential dinner guest presides over the dining room table. Image via Coffeeklatch

Michael S. Smith Palladian Villa in Malibu, Portrait of Queen Elizabeth | Remodlelista

Above: Designer Michael S. Smith's spare classicism in a Malibu villa takes Queen Elizabeth out of the 16th century and into the 21st. Image via Mark D. Sikes

Ernest Hemingway portrait by Yuriy Rudnev in Moshe Safdie Habitat, BDDW Lake Credenza, Alexi Hobbs| Remodelista

Above: A portrait of Ernest Hemingway by Yuriy Rudnev hangs above a Lake Credenza by BDDW. Photograph by Alexi Hobbs via Dwell.

Emily Henderson dog portrait in front of wood framed mirror on wood dresser | Remodelista

Above: A drinks cabinet is the place of honor for a family pet. Image from designer Emily Henderson's portfolio via HGTV.

Darryl Carter for Benjamin Moore, Ashmead Gray, Portrait on dresser | Remodelista

Above: A frameless portrait of a distinguished gentleman adds a historical note in designer Darryl Carter's updated Colonial bedroom. Image via The Designer's Muse

Portraits as Decor, Jamie Kidson, Oakland, Arts and Crafts Sideboard | Remodelista

Above: Jamie Kidson of Atomic Garden in Oakland, California, fills her Mission-revival home with portraits she has been collecting for many years. To see more, go to House of Spirits: Jamie Kidson's Mission Revival in Oakland. Photograph by Mimi Giboin for Remodelista. 

Oil portraits mixed in with landscape paintings, SF Girl by Bay | Remodelista

Above: SF Girl by Bay Victoria Smith mixes oil portraits with landscape paintings and color-grouped ceramics in her dining room. Image via SF Girl by Bay.

Vintage oil portraits as decor | Remodelista

Above: A pair of midcentury portraits sit on a picture rail in an updated Arts and Crafts house. Image via Toodleson.

Oil portraits as decor, green sofas, Nexus Designs | Remodelista

Above: Two gilt-framed Impressionist-style portraits are juxtaposed with modern furniture in a house by Australian firm Nexus Designs. Image via Plastolux.

Portraits as Decor in green reclaimed wood bathroom | Remodelista

Above: In a Spanish farmhouse, an ancestor casts his eye over the daily ablutions. Image by Nuevo Estilo via Eclecchic.

For more art in your life, go to The New Art Gallery: Paintings in the Kitchen.

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