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Inspired: John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo Painting

Inspired: John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo Painting

In our new Assisted Living group, CasaSugar Community member BrendaStar asked for ideas about how she can decorate her living room using John Singer Sargent's El Jaleo oil painting as inspiration.

Since the flamenco dancer's full, light blue skirt in the foreground is the focal point, I think BrendaStar would be crazy not to integrate some blue silk dupioni drapes to capture that same texture and movement. The dancer's orangey-red dress to the right is also such a great color; I'd bring that hue in with a Louis XV side chair. One of the greatest things about this painting is the juxtaposition of high and low: the dancers look quite sophisticated, yet they're in a room with worn wood floors and decaying walls. So I'd pair those elegant silk panels with a salvaged wood coffee table and a black chandelier that's very simple and understated. Then, to continue the guitar-playing and dancing theme, I'd frame some antique music sheets.

How would you decorate inspired by this painting? Please give your suggestions for BrendaStar below! And don't forget to submit your own questions to our Assisted Living group.

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