Announcing the Animal of the Year: Horse

Announcing the Animal of the Year: Horse
Source: Jarlath Mellett, Photography: Kris Tamburello
Source: Jarlath Mellett, Photography: Kris Tamburello

Happy Lunar New Year! According to the East Asian Zodiac, it’s the Year of the Horse. Yippee kai yay!

Humanity’s relationship to horses is a long one, so it figures that these majestic beings would appear in our art and our homes as symbols of rural serenity as well as strength and wildness.

Source: ArchDaily, Architecture & Design: Minarc, Photography:  Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir
Source: ArchDaily, Architecture & Design: Minarc, Photography: Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

Horses, according to Jungian psychology, represent sexuality and masculine energy. This seems like a powerful force to have in the bedroom, but maybe it chases away nightmares.

The large-scale photograph abstracts the equestrian image, yet still conveys through the textures and patterns a gentle strength for which the animal is known.

Source: Architzer, Architecture & Design: Minarc, Photography:  Art Gray, Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson, Torfi Agnarrson, Kristbjorg Sigurjonsdottir, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel
Source: Architizer, Architecture & Design: Minarc, Ion Luxury Adventure Hotel

A horse of a different color brings a different kind of energy into the room. The lightness of this image may feel less intimidating and more spacious to some, reflecting a cool calmness compared to the moody dark horse in the previous photo.

Source: Design*Sponge, Design: Jill Sharp Style, Photography: Rob Brinson
Source: Design*Sponge, Design: Jill Sharp Style, Photography: Rob Brinson

You don’t even have to have something recognizably horsey!  The spots on the horse are a lovely contrast to the angular lines in this home office, while echoing the rustic vibe and history of what was once a plow factory.

Will you leap into the New Year with renewed energy from horse motifs? If you’d like help changing the mood of your space, please contact me here.

Featured image source: Pinterest, Barakat Gallery



4 thoughts on “Announcing the Animal of the Year: Horse”

  • I have always loved horses. Almost thirty years ago I bought a framed photographic print of two horses traveling together through a misty canyon from an amazing Vietnamese photographer at an art show I was working (also bought a gorgeous full-color print of two women working rice paddies, but it got ruined when a roof leaked into the frame :(), The print is sepia-toned and has traveled everywhere with me. It’s in my bedroom hanging near the bed. It’s got such a sweet and profound feeling to it.

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