Gustav Klimt (July 14, 1862 – February 6, 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter best known for his contribution to and advocacy of the Art Nouveau movement, which was at its most popular in Europe from 1890 – 1910. His paintings exude a seductive and decorative style, with a heavy use of gold and jewel-like tones – elements that feature prominently in perhaps his most famous painting, The Kiss.
To successfully fashion a Klimt-inspired interior, include plenty of rich metallic shades – golds in particular – and punctuate with hints of primary colours to keep the colour palette of the room from appearing too uniform. Bold jewel tones of red, blue, green, orange, and yellow will further add to a room’s decoratively opulent appeal.
The Art Nouveau movement championed decorative art, architecture, and design, and is characterised by flowing, curvilinear forms, and motifs from nature as well as Byzantine, Greek, and Egyptian art. The Kiss, a beautifully ornate and decorative piece, embodies these ideas perfectly, making it ideal source material for creating this design style in your own home.
For a simpler approach, focus on decorating a space with the golds that dominate The Kiss, and mix with sparing black accents or dark woods. This will level out the space while still maintaining the visual impact of the gold decor.
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