Brighten Your Home with Sun Wall Art

Things are heating up with the approach of the summer solstice. On this day, we turn our (hopefully figurative) sights to the sun, which will weather its longest “shift” at its highest point far above our heads. But people have always had the sun on their brains. As an inextricable part of our existence, the sun has symbolized the harvest and fertility, the battle between good and evil, and reincarnation. The sun is also a recurring character in artwork, whether he’s flashing a toothy grin and black shades from a gas station sign or blazing down onto a pharaoh etched in a pyramid wall.

Even today, a sun bearing a human face is a popular motif. This imagery dates back to ancient civilizations, from the Mayans to the Egyptians, that wished to represent a sun god or embody some human aspect, like bravery or masculinity. The Half Face Sun Wall Art, with its verdi patina coating and crumbling visage, resembles a relic recovered from the site of a once-prosperous utopia. His thick brows and steady gaze profess machismo and self-assurance, the very leer of Apollo or Aten.

Though sun worship is as old as time, you can still express your admiration without appearing as though you had to ransack Machu Picchu to do so. An abstract sculpture won’t depict telltale rays or a beaming face but will rely on our innate fascination with the sun to get the point across. The high-end and contemporary Starburst Metal Wall Sculpture is a brassy core from which long, steel quills radiate, black and white accents creating the illusion of an intense glowing.

With such frequent appearances in creation tales, artwork, and other human activities, the sun can be found in all manner of decor styles. The Celestine Sun Moon Wall Art harbors a distinctly Mediterranean flavor. Here, vivid floral, star, and scroll designs tie the celestial and earthly realms together, just as the sun acts as the buffer between Earth and space.

Meanwhile, the arid Southwest style is never complete without at least some passing mention of the sun. The Santa Fe Sun Wall Art, imbued with the orange and golden yellow tones of a desert, makes use of a more earthy palette to portray this great star.

As the sun prepares to make its loftiest climb into the skies this summer, where will you be? Outside, soaking up the rays? Or indoors, taking sweet, sweet refuge in the air conditioning? Wherever you go, keep an eye out for unique sun pieces. You never know what might brighten up the place.

Evoke Another Time with Vintage Style Home Decor

The vintage style is a difficult home decor theme to define. On the one hand, the word “vintage” can be a disparaging remark, as in outdated. True vintage decor style, in all actuality, is the polar opposite. With just a glance, vintage pieces should electrify the viewer with a nostalgic montage of crackling phonographs and twirling rotary dials, trilling trumpets of Jazz Age bands, and the slow doo-wop of the ’50s. The vintage style, for all its elaborate beauty, is also surprisingly thrifty, allowing you to make use of forgotten family heirlooms or scour flea markets for that perfect bargain. Above all, the vintage style is very hands-on, an adventurous undertaking in interior design. You can even mix and match pieces from different time periods to present an eclectic mosaic of human history.

How do you know when you’ve happened upon the perfect item for your vintage decor? The piece should be exemplary of the time period it emerged from. The Fashionable Repose Figurine, for example, embodies the decadence of the Roaring Twenties. The archetypal flapper girl lolls in an antique chair with studded upholstery, her elegant, floral gown kissing the floor below. Contemplating a string of pearls with an indulgent smirk, she lifts her chin loftily, secure in her eternal beauty and infinite riches.

The Paige Hobnail Table Lamp might be found on the bureau of a 1920s Hollywood starlet, but it’s by no means black-and-white. Jeweled hues like amber, cranberry, or pink imbue this dainty glass lamp. Standing on antique brass acanthus leaves, this lamp exhibits globular studs that will catch the light and dazzle onlookers.

Baubles and trinkets arranged just so on table tops and other surfaces connote an antiquated collection, as though the items were gradually collected over a great passage of time. But you’ll still want to pay attention to other areas, like windows. The Jessica Ninon Ruffled Priscilla Curtains are versatile, complementing anything from a stately ballroom setting to an old farmhouse. The sheer fabric channels ample sunlight through ivory or white fabric, spotlighting your various heirlooms and finds. Ruffled edges bring a feminine touch to your timeworn living space.

Finally, you can sprinkle your old bedspread with the West Palm Crochet Decorative Pillows if you really want to up the ante on the old-fashioned atmosphere. The crochet texture is antiquated and homey, and the myriad of pigments will coordinate seamlessly with the color scheme of any room. Items such as these will transport guests and family alike to a different period, even if they were not present for it. That’s the beauty of the vintage decorating style.

Embark on a Tropical Decorating Adventure

The tropical decor theme bursts with all the vivacious mystique of the rain forest—and you won’t even have to break out the machete! With a few choice accents, you can replicate the lush embrace of the forest canopy right under your own roof:

1. Color: To the surprise of no one, the dominant theme pigment here is green. Get creative and invoke cool, jungly shadows with muted greens like olive or sage. More saturated greens are reminiscent of sunbeams trickling through vivid leaves. Neutrals like ivory, beige, khaki, mocha, and brown can temper brighter, “floral” pops of color; think corals, reds, russets, oranges, and yellows.

The Bali Palm Tropical Bedding, with its succinct color scheme of green, copper, and beige, introduces a streak of balmy elegance into the bedroom. Binding the edges of the comforter and shams, the twist cording resembles forest vines.

Bali Palm Comforter Set

2. Balance: Like an ecosystem, your decor should maintain some semblance of balance and order. You can mitigate the often vibrant prints of the tropical theme with casual, island-inspired furniture. The Leikela Dining Set is leather-wrapped rattan, a texture that exudes easygoing appeal. The warm pecan stain is coated in a glossy finish, and the Wailea Coast print features green fronds feathering a black background. Touches of red provide interest.

Leikela Round Table with Caster Chairs  Set of Five

3. Your Tropical Vision: A careful arrangement of home accents will refine your tropical vision. Fewer colors and simpler designs make for a neat, minimalist look. Tropical candleholders and wall mirrors can be combined to fashion an inviting foyer. But if you really want a bold and refreshing look, go for a colorful wall sculpture, like Caribbean Sunset. Molten orange is offset by placid blue in this sultry sculpture, its silhouette free-form and loose, its palm trees languid and curvaceous.

Caribbean Sunset Wall Sculpture

Laid-back though it is, tropical decor seizes attention in a way more conventional decorating styles cannot. The tropical theme arms the bold decorator with lively patterns and bright colors and sends him or her marching into the undergrowth. To what end? No one is quite sure. But the reward for those with an adventurous heart has always been great.

Home Decorating Ideas for 2013

The start of a new year prompts us to look ahead, but maybe we need only to look to the past for a little inspiration. In the home, little accents go a long way toward a fresh start. A memento from years gone by may be just the thing to jump start your home decor for 2013.

The Dameisele Figurine is a throwback to the Roaring Twenties, age of juice joints and fierce femininity. This beauty lounges in an opulent chair, pink gown swishing about her ankles. She wears the modest half-smile so common in early photographs, but don’t let her fool you. Packed behind that dainty expression is a lot of moxie and a desire to live unbound. For vintage flair, let her lounge about on your vanity or accent table.

Dameisele Figurine

Friend to flapper fashion was the peacock—inarguably, the most fashion-forward bird in the animal kingdom. Its stunning plumage is a major staple of an art deco theme. Draped over a lounge or chair, the Peacock Feathers Throw Blanket is timeless elegance. Greens, purples, and blues fan magnificently across a black backdrop. Black fringe skirts the ends of the throw, while multicolored fringe borders the sides.

Peacock Feathers Throw Blanket

The Cosmic Firestorm Clock captures the retro essence of the Space Age. Celestial bodies twirl about a dark brown face with old-fashioned gold numbering. The earth-toned color palette is evocative of the 1960s fascination with nature. Mirror accents embedded in some circles provide an unexpected touch, making for a truly one-of-a-kind relic.

Cosmic Firestorm Wall Clock

Finally, for a contemporary twist on old world Arabic flair, look no further than Casablanca Bedding. Colorful medallions and florals in sizzling pinks, lime greens, and baby blues are true to the intricate, geometric designs of this Moroccan style. This lively color palette will jazz up your bedroom and give it a distinctly antiquated look, without being too stuffy.

Casablanca Medallion Quilt

So this year, don’t struggle to keep up with the “next big thing”; inspiration is only as far away as a simple glance to the past.

Lighted and Musical Holiday Accents

Silent nights are great, but if you’re going for “all is calm and bright” with a little kick, lighted and musical holiday accents are worth checking out. As two of the most essential holiday elements, music and light can be interwoven with classical pieces for a charming ambience in your home.

Shake up the traditional Santa Claus figurine with the Christmas Morning Santa Sculpture Set. This set of two features the polestar of Christmas himself bearing a pine tree and lantern and, in the other figurine, a stocking and candy cane. Within the resin bells of the coats, you can witness Christmas behind the scenes. Lantern Santa reveals elves decorating a tree. Stocking Santa harbors an eager boy and girl investigating the packages left mysteriously overnight. Within these scenes, a soft light shifts from color to color, while Old Father Christmas marches on.

Christmas Morning Santas S

The tender eyes of the Angel Glitterdome Lighted Table Sculpture will alight like snowflakes upon all visitors who enter your home. Like the hands upon her chest, frosted wings fold gently against her frame, while dainty fingers clutch a star. The skirt billowing below is a snow globe filled with sparkling glitter; light from the LED base will glance off glittery edges for a truly celestial sight.

The Gold Pillar Electric Candle Strand provides you with candles that the chilly December wind won’t extinguish. These gold pillars look stately with their beaded texture and undulating, waxy appearance. A warm sphere of light in the center of each will cast a beautiful luminance from your mantelpiece or other surface. Candles will look gorgeous nestled within your garland.

Gold Pillar Candle Strand

Really, lighted holiday accents will look gorgeous anywhere, creating an interplay of shadows and light with surrounding decor. Coupled with musical accents, a little light will enchant your home on those cold, quiet nights.

Celebrate the Olympics with Athletic Sculptures

Whether poised at the starting line or glued to the T.V., the world is plunging headfirst into the London Summer Olympics. The Greeks strove for olive wreaths instead of gold medals, but you don’t need either to profess your affinity for the prowess of the human form. Sculptures can channel that triumph and energy into even the most nondescript of rooms.
The Graceful Motions Gymnast Figurine is a resin snapshot of that moment when the body is in perfect synch with itself. An athlete elongates her spine and arches it gracefully overhead, toes just skimming the floor. Her sister sculpture, the Graceful Balance Gymnast Figurine, balances on her palms and pivots her legs skillfully into the air. Both harbor a quiet grace and are a lovely addition to any home.

Graceful Motions Figurine Aged Silver
Graceful Balance Figurine Aged Silver

If you prefer sports with a little more noise, however, then the Going for the Goal Soccer Sculpture is for you. This features athletes locked in vicious battle, cleats scraping relentlessly for the ball pinned between their feet. In the London Summer Olympics, these competitors are not called “soccer players.” According to Livestrong.com, “association football” was its original name in England, later shortened to soccer. Incidentally, the name caught on in America, while it remained “football” in Britain. So whether you’re rooting for the “football” players, the swimmers, or the gymnasts, use these sculptures to express your love of sports for years to come—instead of every four!

Going for the Goal Soccer Sculpture

Derby Days

If Derby Fever has caught you by surprise this year, show your appreciation for the grace and beauty of the horse with the Horse Solitude Sculpture. Although this noble creature won’t be winning any races, it is still a wonderful addition to your home’s decor.

Horse Solitude Sculpture Brown
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