Frightful Trend in Interior Design

As an artist trying to sell paintings, I realize that there are two kinds of people who may purchase my works: collectors and interior designers. With respect to the latter, I preach using my paintings to jazz up one’s decor, even if otherwise traditional or antique. Since my primary mode of marketing is the internet, I keep myself alerted to blogs on the topic of decorating with abstract art, and seek websites of interior designers who might share my philosophy.

The other day while looking for such designers through Google searches, I came across a list of interior designers in New York City. I thought that this might be an excellent place to connect with an interior designer. New York is the home of the Abstract Expressionists, after all, and a lot of people who might be able to afford my modest fees. So I started down the list looking at websites and portfolios of rooms they had decorated. What I saw surprised and dismayed me.

The first designer had a portfolio showing room after room with subdued earth tones of tan, brown, grey, and colors that can be described as “pebble,” or “sand.” There was virtually no art on the walls, and such art as was there was in a similar color. There was no real color at all in any of the rooms. “Alright,” I thought, “this guy has made this his trademark. It has a certain appeal, but he’s not someone with whom I should have a business relationship.”

I left that site and went to the next. Same thing. And the next - the same. I visited the websites of several interior designers in New York with the same result, until I quit in despair. They all had taken to using no color, very few accessories, and virtually no art. An occasional boring photograph, but I don’t recall seeing any paintings in the bunch, and certainly none with any color.

Have we here a reaction to the trend of adding color, which I had observed in the past few years? Is this lack of color what the entire market of those willing and able to pay large fees for interior designer services demands?

Here’s what I need: I need a designer who is willing to take some abstract pieces and stick them with some traditional or antique furniture. Take my challenge. And as the gondoliers here say: “I give you good prrrice.”