How to Incorporate Snake Paintings into Home Decor

How to Incorporate Snake Paintings into Home Decor

Ever since my childhood connection with nature, snakes have held a special place in my heart. As I ventured into the artistic realm, my fascination led me to create snake-themed artwork. When these pieces found their way into my home décor, my space took on a unique character, reflecting both its distinctive nature and the deep symbolism of snakes.

Symbolism of Snakes in My Life

snake and apple sculpture

("Snake and apple in Offenburg" by Paradise Chronicle is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.)

To me, snakes are not just intriguing reptiles. Their shedding process symbolizes transformation and renewal. By featuring snake art in my living space, I'm constantly enveloped by this powerful reminder of growth and change.

Selecting the Right Art for Each Room

hognose snake painting

Snake paintings can elicit a range of emotions. From the mysterious and dark to the lively and colorful. When deciding on a painting for a room, it's an intuitive process. The ambiance of the room guides my choice, ensuring the artwork complements its surroundings.

Balancing Statement Pieces with Subtlety

Introducing snake paintings as focal points in my décor required a harmonious balance. I pair them with other artworks that, while charming, don't dominate the scene. This creates a visual balance where every piece contributes to the overall narrative.

Challenges and Learnings in Décor

My journey with snake décor wasn't always straightforward. At times, I went overboard, especially when playing with colors. I initially had my hognose snake painting in a place where it didn't fit in with the surrounding décor. But these moments, where the room's essence seemed lost, taught me the importance of restraint and thematic consistency.

Starting Your Décor Adventure

vibrant snake painting

For those curious about snake-themed paintings but hesitant to jump in, my advice is to start small. For example, if you're aiming for an aesthetic apartment, choose a corner or a less-frequented room to begin your experimentation. As you become more confident, allow the snake motifs to weave their way into more prominent spaces.

Reactions and Responses to My Décor

One of the joys of having snake-themed paintings is witnessing guests' reactions. Their intrigue, the drawn glances, and the inevitable questions about where I found such unique pieces, especially when I reveal I'm the artist, are moments I cherish.

The Changing Perception of Snakes in Décor

"Everyone looks on me like a black snake" image of a snake

("Street art in Benalla, Victoria, Australia" by Kevin Rheese is licensed under CC BY 2.0. The artwork depicts a snake and quotes a line from a letter written by bushranger Ned Kelly: "Everyone looks on me like a black snake".)

The narrative surrounding snakes in décor has evolved. No longer just emblems of danger, they now symbolize vibrancy and uniqueness. Based on my experience and observations, this celebration of snakes in their full, colorful splendor is gaining momentum.

Integrating snake paintings into home decor is more than a design choice for me. It's an expression of my personality, an ode to growth, and a creation of a space that truly mirrors my passions.

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About the Author

I’m Ilana, and I'm the artist behind Pine + Palette Studios. I’m a Wisconsin local with a soft spot for misunderstood species, tall midwestern pines, and the way the sun sets over The Great Lakes.  As a former middle school teacher, science, conservation, and education have always been my passion.