The important and fascinating thing to know when seeking inspirational watercolour painting ideas for your next interior design project is that watercolours aren’t just a trend.
In fact, when it comes to trends, watercolours are one of the oldest crowdpleasers around with the style discovered by Western artists in the 1400s.
Prior to that, primitive humans mixed colourful pigments with water to create cave paintings using their fingers, bones and sticks. Of course there’s also plenty of examples of watercolours in Ancient Egypt, China, Japan, India and Persia to name but a few.
It took a while for watercolour painting to find its place in the art world due to the scarcity of paper and water. However, once both items became mass produced any artist was able to take advantage of the beauty of this technique.
Today, we get to enjoy a variety of watercolour prints across a vast spectrum of design genres from classic to contemporary and interior colours from pastels to brights.
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When it comes to watercolour paintings of animals there’s something about the use of colour that seems to satisfy more than just our eyes.
We can almost hear the sound of the bird chirping, the chameleon rustling and the fish splashing.
We can feel a sense of calm and contentment by having some extraordinary creatures so close to us. That’s the power of watercolour.
1. Bird song
2. Joy of colour
3. Splash out
Enjoy four seasons in one day – every day – by choosing a different mood for each room in the house. Whether you’re looking to create warmth and excitement or a space that’s crisp and cool, you’ll find a watercolour to suit.
Often when we think of watercolours we think of soft, washed out pastels (which is also totally fine!), but it’s more than this, particularly when it comes to more contemporary artworks.
The outside world is a watercolour artist’s muse, so you can enjoy florals, trees, forests and cityscapes indoors. While the poppy artwork, below, is soft and subtle, the ‘Four Seasons Tree’ absolutely pops with bright colours.
4. Autumn daze
5. Perfect poppies
6. Four seasons in one day
7. Winter wonderland
Bright And Cheery
Make your home pop in a rainbow of brilliant hues with watercolour prints that provide a fun, fresh feel.
Lift a neutral decor with a splash of colour or experiment with colour contrasting.
These watercolours are not for the faint hearted. They’re for those who love to live a little. They’re for those who love to laugh a little. They’re for those who love to make an impression.
9. Sassy cityscape
10. Tropical twinning
11. Flashy fashionista
Soft And Stylish
Reign in the excitement a little and instead add grace and style with a classic, softer combination of watercolour art and decoration.
From the feminine to the masculine, these ideas below show that watercolour is for everyone. Enjoy purple on purple, feather art in all the blues, and a stunning citrus ensemble.
Soft doesn’t mean boring. Soft doesn’t mean sissy. Soft can be as daring, as bold and as spirited as any other watercolour style.
12. Purple on purple
13. Blokey blues
14. Soft citrus