If Andy Warhol Were Alive Today to Decorate My House

Last weekend I went to the Getty museum in Los Angeles and saw a doll of Andy Warhol in the gift shop. It would be so cool to decorate a bedroom or a living room with his artistic style in mind, and best of all place his adorable plush effigy on a funky corner chair.

Andy Warhol's Marilyn
Andy Warhol's Marilyn

If you collect Warhol prints and other pop art, you might have a lot of fun revamping a room in a 1960s style. You could start collecting antique products from the 60s, like Kings candy cigarettes, early Playboy magazines, or even a record player.

Coca Cola Depicted by Andy Warhol
Coca Cola Depicted by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol would hope you’d keep a coca cola bottle here and there. My favorite quote of his is this, “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca-Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca-Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca-Cola, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.”

Pop Art Living Room
Pop Art Living Room

Items that achieve this look include bright unusual furniture and mercury balls, but the best way to get started is in experimenting with retro lighting.

Retro Wall Sconce in Black
Retro Wall Sconce in Black

The retro wall sconce seen in black also comes in white. Having black and white alternating down a hallway would look extremely sixties.

Fireball Glass Shade
Fireball Glass Shade

This kind of environment can be very inspiring. What kind of artist are you on the inside? If you’re fiery and passionate, maybe surrounding yourself with fireball orbs by Sea Gull will feed your artistic energy.

Ice Glass Shade by Sea Gull
Ice Glass Shade by Sea Gull

If you live and create better under a spell of calm, gentle blue cubes will cool down the room. This particular glass shade by Sea Gull is called Ice.

The Vegas Pendant from Triarch International
The Vegas Pendant from Triarch International

The vegas pendant would demonstrate how Warhol’s ideas inspired a lot of the style of the 70s. It’s the 60s love child of a disco ball and a flying saucer. The best way to create the Andy Warhol look is to use bold colors, such as fuchsia, turquoise, or orange. Use black and white to offset the copious amounts of color. Warhol loved using eye-grabbing colors in his work.

Yellow Mosaic Tiles from Martini Mosaic
Yellow Mosaic Tiles from Martini Mosaic

A bright red or yellow mosaic behind the television or as a panel lining the walls is perfect for the sixties, but it also remains popular in our contemporary designs.

Elica Lime Green Range Hood
Elica Lime Green Range Hood

In fact, many designers today are creating household decor that appears as modern art. Andy Warhol would be proud. This bright green square that looks like a wall sculpture is actually a range hood made by Elica, the creator of futuristic kitchen range hoods.

The Space Collection from Elica
The Space Collection from Elica

The outer space Elica range hood would go right with that retro lighting.

Pop Art Bedroom
Pop Art Bedroom

When Andy Warhol died, he left the vast majority of his estate to creating a foundation dedicated to the advancement of visual arts. Decorating in this fashion brings a whole new energy into a room. Suddenly everything is bright and new, like the world seen through the eyes of a child.

Warhol The Doll
Warhol The Doll