White walls. Beige furniture. Neutral palettes. Been there, done that. If you’re tired of “adulting” when it comes to your decor, cue up the circus music — carnivalcore is here with the burst of energy you need.
What is carnivalcore?
This design craze arguably began with the feature of supermodel Cara Delevingne’s Los Angeles” fun house” in the July/August 2021 issue of Architectural Digest. Featuring tented rooms, mirrored ceilings, in-ground trampolines by the pool, and even a ball pit, the place felt like a wacky amusement park. Since then, the craze for mirrored frames and disco balls has reached dizzying heights and brought with it a passion for harlequin checks, squiggles, and circus stripes.
Connect with your inner child and bring some fun to your home with Artrepreneur curators’ picks, influenced by candy, Saturday morning cartoons, and saturated colors. Take it from Abby Schlackman: Your art doesn’t need to fit the minimalist mold if that doesn’t feel like you. Celebrate individual expression by breathing life into your space with bold strokes and cutesy characters you would have loved as a kid — and still do.
“With less pressure to have an ‘adult’ home filled with muted colors, home decor is getting louder and brighter,” Schlackman says. “Give yourself creative license on your life and your possessions to get closer to what you really want.”
Curated picks by Abby Schlackman
Get a sugar rush from candy art
Choose cartoon art for the ultimate Flashback Friday
Kawaii and comics flip the script on grown-up home decor
Make a bold statement with saturated colors
Abby loves artist Sarah Woods for her exuberant works as well as her artistic philosophy. “These abstract pieces contain loads of mini color explosions that represent moments in your new life where you’re exploring and carving out a new trajectory for yourself,” Sarah Woods says about the inspiration behind her pieces. “They’re sort of like moments that weren’t meant to happen, but now here you are, being your own universe and making shit happen.”
We couldn’t have said it better.
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