New Zealand artists form the focal point in the project Art Meets Pillows. KBM D3signs styles living room spaces using their artworks. Then our team complements the art with pillow designs of their team. Intriguing home decoration ideas are the result. These aim to serve as decor bases for your next project.
The beauty of the pillow designs, their color is customizable. A fact that easily allows matching an existing accent color or create a new color scheme for the living room redecoration.
Our team thrives on feedback. Please, if you felt inspired and built on one of the decoration ideas share the outcome, we would be honored.
Spring wall art photo prints of budding trees in varying stages are the focus of three living room mood boards. Each botanical spring photograph is a testimony to the artistic view through the lens of the photographer Rachel Shields.
KBM D3signs selected three photography art prints of the artist to complement each with a printed throw pillow design by KBM D3signs.
In the – Spring Elm – photo shot, greenish-yellowish buds in the beginning stages of opening cover the twigs.
In response, the complementing yellow accent pillow has a subdued linear wave pattern. Overall the pillow pattern emulates the still visible twigs.
Pink art prints of blossoming flowers and trees are the focus of three living room decor ideas. Each floral photograph is a testimony to the unique view through the lens of the photographer Rachel Shields.
KBM D3signs chose three of the artist’s works to pair with printed throw pillows that respond to the characteristics of the picture.
Clouds in varying densities formed by the deep pink blossoming bougainvillea, in general, give an abstract botanical view. In an effort to mirror the characteristics of varying blossom density, we selected a circle patterned pink and white minimalist pillow to complement the decor.
Under the series – Art Meets Pillows – Wave Haven, Raglan is a screenprint by Tony Ogle and complemented by two pillows. One pillow in pink and the second in green. In both cases, the throw pillows display the ripple pattern.
The pillow surface pattern simulates the regular surf rolling towards the coastline, as depicted in the screenprint.
What is noteworthy about Wave Haven Raglan screenprint?
The numbered and signed screenprint shows a peaceful evening view where the observer experiences the sight of the surfer standing on the deck and enjoying the evening spectacle. Also, the scene includes a small single batch in grey-blue with pink accents. Green bush stretches on both sides of the building with an open view towards the sea. There evenly rolling turquoise green surf reaches the beach with a white crown. Meanwhile, the evening sky reflects its pink and blue hues in the distant water.
It is a peaceful scene that stands out in the mix of colors used that are so descriptive to New Zealand’s West Coast.
Raglan is a tourist destination that is famed for an active holiday filled with lots of outdoor activities such as surfing, horse riding, tracking, and kayaking.
Under the series – Art Meets Pillows – the Huia Dreams art print by Ellen Giggenbach is complemented by two pillows. One pillow in orange and the second in yellow. In both cases, the throw pillows display the pixel pattern.
The pillow surface pattern mirrors overlaying shapes that distinguish shades of yellow only to merge into a square.
Ellen Giggenbach, a New Zealand artist, however, uses this technique with more complexity.
She states explicitly in her own words: “Each design starts its life as an idea only. Piece by piece, it grows like a puzzle till even one more element would upset a carefully crafted balance of shape and color.”
Taranaki Cliffs canvas print by Diana Adams has the spot-light in the series Art Meets Pillows.
On walks, the painter finds her artistic inspiration. Once an inspiration takes roots, she then beautifully reduces her subject to its essence with clear lines like in the Taranaki Cliffs remain. With a three-dimensional feel to the painting, the observer feels pulled into a landscape with brilliant colors.
An overcast sky that opens-up and letting a hint of the sun through and envelopes the eroding ilands off the Taranaki Cliffs. Dark turquoise tinted surf is breaking white-crowned in steady ripples on the shore. In the meantime, the turquoise sea contrasts the greyish black sand beach and the volcanic-layered cliffs.
The top of the cliffs appears capped with the dark green of coastal shrubs. It is a captivating canvas print of one of New Zealand’s contemporary artists.
Art Meets Pillows, Wavy Stripes Pattern Design
Art Meet Pillows relates to the waves and stripes that are defined in the artwork. Wavy-stripes is a monochrome repeat pattern on the grey and green throw pillows.
The pattern reminds, in its horizontal direction, of layered stone, which intensifies through varying shades. Meanwhile, a diagonal direction on a green pillow reminds one of rolling waves.
Mangaweka art print by Robin White has the focus in Art Meets Pillows.
The painting, Mangaweka, is from 1973 and shows a teal-colored truck parking in front of a wooden building with yellow panels between green frames. Fringing the road, the building’s pedestrian cover separates the artwork into two halves. The ground floor is strictly oriented towards the street, while green hills and clear blue sky envelop the second level.
Born in 1946, Dame Robin White studied Fine Art in Auckland and is one of New Zealand’s most important printmakers.
Art Meet Pillows picked up on the rural atmosphere and on the dominant yellow and green color. With this, a wooden framed armchair shows a green and yellow pillow decor. Apart from the coloration the pillows too pick up on the wooden plank texture in their stripes and checker pattern.
Diane Adams is the painter of Beyond The Cascade art print. Adams is a well known contemporary New Zealand artist.
Hues in mud-brown, moss-green, and grey-blue dominate the print. Here, a landscape in the Southern Alps unfolds. Cabbage trees break up the front of the mountainous scene. And the cascade follows a meandering stream that leads the viewer towards the snow-capped Southern Alps at the horizon. The overcast sky takes the chance that the sun can light up the landscape’s dull coloration.
Beyond The Cascade is a new release by the artist, who loves hiking and gains her inspiration from her excursions. Many of her better-known prints are testimony to her passion for the beauty of New Zealand.
The living room shows the art print Beyond the Cascades on the wall behind a grey armchair. Meanwhile, a green and blue pillow, with stripes and checkers surface pattern, accessorize the space. The accent pillows respond to the dominant colors of the art print.
Michael Smither is the painter of Rocks With Mountain art print. Smither is a well known contemporary New Zealand artist.
The print favors hues in grey and blue with a balancing element in red. An unusual perspective portraits Mount Taranaki which leads the observer’s eye from a front-centered close-up view of rounded rocks surrounding a waterhole becoming smaller and smaller towards the distant horizon. There a red tractor stops the eye before it wanders to the snow-capped Mt. Taranaki.The Mountain peaks proudly into a cloudless blue sky.
It is a popular non-limited print edition that beautifully celebrates the different textures that come together. There is the distinct smooth round shape of the pebbles and the clear transparent and insubstantial element of the water bordered by rounded stones. Then there is the snowy mountain top breaking through the clearness of the sky. Using the size of the pebbles in the front the same size as the red tractor that appears in the distance, the artist masterfully creates the impression of vastness and resulting in a landscape with depth.
Mount Taranaki has two official names. The second name is Mount Egmont. It is a dormant volcano in the Taranaki Region on the West Coast of New Zealand’s North Island.
Here, the red color splash of the print finds reflection in the home decor. Two throw pillows in shades of the faint red of the tractor decorate a blue armchair. Both display a fragmented circle pattern.
Good Day At The Bay is a designer print title by Greg Straight.
Greg is a New Zealand artist who has a keen interest in the surfing sport. And one of his favorite surfing beaches is Maori Bay. The small bay borders Muriwai on the West Coast in Auckland. Therefore it is natural that the sea theme carries over into his artwork.
Crisp, clean lines are a signature of his artwork. The print uses two colors and shades of each that is blue and brown.
Here, the blue and brown theme finds reflection in the home decor accessories of the throw pillows. One appears in shades of brown, and the second one appears in shades of blue. Both enjoy a bold striped wave pattern accenting a light grey armchair in the white-colored living room.