Miami-based interior designer Guimar Urbina knows art—and she’s not afraid to use it.
By Robin Hodes
Savvy homeowners turn to interior designer Guimar Urbina for her talent, her vision and her reliable execution of luxury design projects. But Urbina is more than your average decorator. “I create a lifestyle,” she says. “I focus on providing creative solutions in a beautiful way.” As such, Urbina believes that art is essential to any space, whether she uses clients’ existing pieces or introduces new works to complement the interiors she has created. “Art reflects personality, vision and character,” Urbina adds. “In addition to creating a necessary visual impact, it helps to tell a story.” Here, Urbina offers five tips on how to incorporate art into your home:
FALL IN LOVE. Make sure you love the art you are purchasing. If you fall in love with a piece of art, there will always be a wall for it. Mountings and frames can be changed, but the emotion tied to art is forever.
WEIGH THE SCALE. There needs to be a balance between the empty wall and the art. A big wall deserves a big statement. Too often I see a large wall with a small piece that looks totally out of place. The reverse can also happen—an overly large piece can detract from the furniture.
USE A LIGHT TOUCH. Some of my favorite works of art are light fixtures! If you select fixtures that are also sculptures, they make a statement whether they are turned on or off.
WELCOME NEWCOMERS. Invest in emerging artists—they have some of the most creative works and are often more flexible in customizing pieces to fit your style. One of my favorite artists right now is Latin for Glory. With a background in interior design, she considers the importance of surroundings and gets inspired by the environment in which her pieces will reside.
SHOW UP. If you’re in the market for new art, I recommend attending Art Basel Miami Beach and Design Miami, the two shows that started it all. I also like Art Miami, which recently moved to a very nice waterfront venue. Also stroll the Design District, which has some of my favorite galleries, including Markowicz Fine Art and Maman Fine Art.
Guimar Urbina Interiors, 444 Brickell Ave., Suite 804, Miami; 786.762.2675; guimarurbinainteriors.com