Infusing Local Art into Your Knoxville Custom Home

Embracing Local Knoxville Art and Craftsmanship in Your Custom Home

Over recent years, there's been a noticeable shift towards more personalized and locally influenced home design. For Knoxville, this trend goes beyond mere aesthetics; it's about creating homes that resonate with personal identity while celebrating our community's rich artistic heritage.

At Red Door Homes, we're dedicated to designing spaces that not only reflect the homeowner's unique style but also contribute to the local culture, supporting Knoxville's artisans and craftsmen in the process.

Why Choose Local Art and Craftsmanship?

Choosing local art is more important than you’d think. Buying local art supports the local economy, supporting local artists and craftsmen right in our community. Each piece of art you bring into your home is an example of someone’s skill and passion, which you help to support.

Plus, local art can bring a level of character to your home that you just can’t get from mass-produced items. Every locally-purchased piece of art has its own story and sense of place, giving your home a unique feel.

Finding the Right Artisans

Finding local artists that resonate with your style can be incredibly rewarding. There’s tons of talent in Knoxville, and even more ways to find these talented souls. We recommend visiting some local galleries and art shows, which often showcase many different artists and styles at once. Knoxville’s First Friday events, for example, are often a great way to meet artists and see their work in person.

Knoxville is also home to several local museums. Museum gift shops sometimes feature real local art, or the individuals working in the shops may be familiar with local artists that fit your style.

You might also want to check out some art fairs and craft shows throughout the year to check out some truly unique pieces. And of course, don’t forget about the power of word-of-mouth: your friends and family may know of some really great locals just waiting to make you your next favorite piece.

Combining Local Art and Interior Design

There are several different ways to combine local art and craftsmanship into your custom home. Try some of these for starters:

Personal Art Pieces

Paintings, sculptures, and photographs are all great unique options to decorate your home with. These are used to complete your home’s aesthetic. Consider making a gallery wall from local artwork for a truly striking visual.

Furniture and Woodwork

Custom furniture is a great way to incorporate art into your home in a functional way. Consider finding some truly unique statement pieces, such as a large dining table or a bed frame. You could also find craftsmen who can make cabinets and other woodwork throughout your home for a truly one-of-a-kind touch.

Textiles and Fabrics

Think handwoven rugs, quilts, and curtains to add warmth and texture throughout your home. Often, textiles have unique colors and patterns to really liven up your space. The local culture may also be displayed in fabrics chosen by local artists. Orange, anyone?

Metalwork and Glass

If you’re looking for a more industrial or modern touch, consider some custom metalwork for your railings or light fixtures. You could also go with stained glass windows or otherwise custom window frames to really add a nice touch to your home. Remember: Your home is what you make it, so pick pieces that you truly love.

Collaborate with Experts

Some art pieces are so gorgeous you want them to blend seamlessly with your home’s design. We recommend working closely with your custom home builder to make sure your home is everything you want and more - art displays included. By collaborating with home-building experts and local artists, you can create a unique home with art that enhances the overall design.

Final Thoughts

Local artwork is just one way to make your custom home stand out while also contributing to your community. Whether you’re a fan of paintings, sculptures, or something else entirely, find pieces that resonate with you to make your house a home.

At Red Door Homes, our team is proud to make your artistic visions come to life. Reach out to us today to learn more about how we can help make your dreams become a reality.


How can I start incorporating local art into my custom home?

First, you want to think about your personal style and the aesthetic of your home. Then, visit local art galleries, shows, and craft fairs to find different types of art that resonate with you. You may also want to reach out to local artists about custom pieces for your home.

Can local art and craftsmanship fit into any home design style?

Absolutely! There are so many different types of artists and art styles out there, you can always find something that fits your desires. From modern minimalism to rustic charm, there’s always something to meet your vision.

How can I make sure the art I choose fits well with my home’s design?

You should consider specific parts of your vision like color schemes and layouts. Then, consider working with your home builder and an interior designer to make sure all your pieces match your home’s design. The scale and placement of each piece is also a big thing to think about.

What if I have a specific vision for a custom piece?

Reach out to a local artist who makes similar art to what you’re looking for. Then, meet with them to share your vision and have them give you a quote on a potential piece for your home.

How can I discover new local artists?

Stay engaged with the Knoxville art scene through social media. You can also reach out to local art associations and visit community events to meet new people and see new artwork.


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