Construction & Design

Adding Art to Your Chalet in the Alps

Chalet decoration and art provide those all-important final flourishes to your rental property. If you’ve been considering adding art to a chalet in the Alps, this post is for you!

We’ll be taking a look at a whole range of inspiring examples from OVO Network chalets and weighing up the pros and cons of featuring art and exploring various forms of decoration. On top of that, we’ll also be discussing what the best places are to incorporate art within your property.

What counts as art?

Art comes in a whole array of formats and can be displayed in a number of different ways. It can be utilised in both internal and external spaces to add a touch of personality and character. Let’s run down some of the most popular art forms to add to a rental chalet:

  • Framed posters
  • Graphic prints
  • Framed paintings
  • Canvas paintings
  • 3D wall art
  • Sculptures

There’s so much to choose from that you’ll want to ensure you have an idea in mind before you begin.

For example, consider whether your property would suit more traditional artistic styles, or whether a contemporary look would be more appropriate.

For an even more in-depth look at design styles, don’t miss our post on traditional vs modern chalet decor. And remember, you can also effectively merge looks and have the best of both worlds!

An image of a swimming pool with a large window looking into a corridor which features 3D circular wall art.
Zaru Lodge’s raised art piece adds interest and style to the space.

What are the pros and cons of adding art to a chalet in the Alps?

Now let’s start to unpack the reasons why chalet owners use art within their properties, and also some potential disadvantages.

  1. To add character: The first and probably the most important reason to use art in your rental is to add charm. With so many options available to you, the world is your oyster when it comes to adding your stamp! Bare walls can feel somewhat unfinished, and to some even clinical, so putting up some well-chosen pieces can add something worthwhile to any space.
  2. To make your property memorable: With that said, it’s always advisable to look for new ways to make your rental chalet stand out from the crowd. And with art, you can do just that and have your place stick in your guests’ minds for all the right reasons!
  3. To tie your interior style together: Artworks are often the finishing touches that can make all the difference to the overall feel of your property. 
  4. To enhance the luxury feel: Guests staying in high-end chalets expect luxury touches such as art and will appreciate the effort that has gone into the decor.
A wellness room featuring Marilyn Monroe pop art and a retro style VW camper van piece of art.
Chalet Le Mosqueton demonstrates the use of colourful pop art in this wellness room.

When adding art to a chalet, do bear in mind that:

  1. It may not be to everyone’s taste: Of course, art is subjective. A piece that you may think is beautiful and inspired may be not particularly pleasing to someone else. Although you can’t counter this entirely or cater to every palate, there are ways around it. For example, choose prints and paintings that complement your overall design theme, and don’t select anything that could be seen as contentious. 
  2. It can be expensive: Art for many is an investment and it can be costly to decorate your entire chalet with various curated pieces. In a similar vein, do consider the very small possibility that it could be damaged. It’s advisable not to feature anything with considerable worth for this reason.

Check out these inspiring chalet artworks

Maison Keryaute, Sévrier

Maison Keryaute’s vibrant use of colour is seamlessly reflected in its various eye-catching artworks which bring the overall look together.

A colourful dining space featuring bold paintings and wall art.

The rich teal and gold tones of the interior design are also contrasted with monochrome prints, such as the zebra with its gold-toned frame.

Chalet Riparian, La Clusaz

In Chalet Riparian, in-keeping deer mount style pieces can be found throughout the property. The impressive open-plan kitchen, dining and living space features two such items including a shelf and clock.

A luxury outdoor hot tub space with a deer head wall feature and spa robes.

The deer head in the outdoor hot tub area is a good example of external art, and pairs well with the other black metal elements within the space. 

McCanna Lodge, Manigod

A host of art styles from around the world can be seen dotted around McCanna Lodge.

The jewelled piece above the fireplace and unique, carefully chosen artworks within the living area add to the luxe feel.

A warm living room with red chairs and a large Buddha 3D artwork.

The striking raised Buddha blends in with the rich wooden tones within the structure of the building.

Chalet Le Mousqueton, La Clusaz

The pleasing dining space in Chalet Le Mosqueton includes a classic ski print and a bold two-toned piece either side of the ideally located picture window, framing its ever-changing landscape image.

The art is illuminated by sleek picture lights. 

Chalet Ruisselet, Châtel

A glamorous bedroom featuring a large painting of a woman sitting down.

The opulent feel of Chalet Ruisselet is seen through its many stylish artworks, including this sizeable bedroom piece.

A creative graphic print brings a bright and playful contrast against the darker tones. 

We hope this has given you a wealth of new ideas for adding art to a chalet. Still unsure about how to style your rental property? Our experienced interior design partners can help. And for further reading, we recommend taking a look at our post on essential chalet interior accessories. Happy decorating!

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