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Thanks to Geri for posting this frequently-asked question on Designing Diva’s Facebook page! ”How do you decide which pictures to hang on your wall? How do you decide it when enough is enough pictures?” While artwork is pretty subjective and everyone has a preferance (“Less is more!” to “show it all!”) there are a few rules I go by when hanging artwork and family photos for my clients. Read on to see what works for you!
1) When you prefer a bit less. The Rule of Three works with just about everything but it really helps when trying to keep walls from looking cluttered. Examples: A mirror with one wall sconce on each side. A large family portrait with two smaller ones off to one side. One print closely paired with a lamp and a shorter vase (as pictured, courtesy of Hello Metro). Three prints of the same size hung paralell to one another either vertically or horizontally.
2) When you just can’t decide what to use. The Rotatation method is your best friend! Your family is gorgeous and you want to show them off! But if you’re not ruthless with choosing which prints make it onto the walls you may quickly get a “shrine” look going on and nobody wants to be the wierd neighbor on the block. Your wedding portrait hanging above the fireplace is one thing. 90 pairs of eyes staring back at you in every room, well that’s just creepy. I keep only a handful of family prints out at one time but keep an organized folder in my office of great memories that I don’t want to scrapbook- I want to show them off! So about every two months or so I rotate the photos out which also allows for the most recent ones to get fair play as well. I don’t recommend this for households with more than twenty or so frames in a room as this gets tedious with the number like that.
3) When you like to get busy! I’ll give you a moment to get your mind out of the gutter…. all better? For you artistic types you may prefer a more eclectic look with a mixture of portraits, hand-painted canvases and other forms of art to grace your walls. For this look there isn’t a stead-fast rule (but that’s okay because you creative minds don’t like rules anyway!) so I tell my clients to use whatever invokes the emotion they’re aiming for. If you want your home office to be a hodge-podge collection of local artists’ work because it makes you happy then so be it! If 100 black and white framed snapshots of things you find on your nature hikes calms you down, why not put those in your living room? My only recommendation is to watch how low and how high you hang pieces. Think eye level. And try to keep like art together (no abstracts with Western oils on canvas, for example). Art shown above/right is the 8″x8″ mini abstract “Radiant” by Oklahoma artist Mark Yearwood.
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Our family portraits, those vacation memories, the snapshots from your son’s wedding… those are too precious to keep locked up in scrapbooks. Houzz.com wants to change the way we display those beloved smiles with the following ideas:
- Purchase matching frames (both in size and color) but hang an even number of photos in a puzzle format so that some of the photos are verticle and some are horizontal.
- Have your top picks transferred onto canvas and hang above a sofa or going up the stairs. Affordable Art & Frame in Oklahoma City (720-1284) offers this affordable service.
- Paint your wall grey, scan your photos into black and white and frame in black with white mattes. Hang in a horizontal cluster for a sleek look (photos go the length of the hallway/wall).
- String wire, twine or 2″ burlap ribbon across a wall or the front of a bookshelf; secure with decorative push pins. Use clothes pins to secure unframed photos to the wire, twine or ribbon (my personal favorite).
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Today I am covering one of my favorite rooms to design, the master bedroom. This is arguably the most important room in the home and yet is often left for last and maybe never paid attention to at all. I believe that not a single thing should be in your bedroom that you don’t love and only design a bedroom with a TV if the homeowner absolutely insists. The bedroom is for romance, rest and rejuvination. A makeshift office and piles of clothing have no place here. With that being said, let’s continue this week’s series with “If I Could Add Three Things To My Master Bedroom“.
1) Inspiring artwork. And that means something different to everybody. For me its a pair of Ansel Adams prints that have been with me since my first apartment as an 18 year old who was just beginning to figure out what I liked in the world of art. For you it may be prints of your kids on canvas, hung gallery-style on the walls. Whatever your style, make sure that whatever is hanging on your walls speaks to you. If it doesn’t inspire, it isn’t worth your time. And it doesn’t have to be expensive to be worthy. One of my favorite smaller canvases was purchased at an estate sale for $5. The bright flowers make me smile even on the gloomiest winter days.
2) Speaking of headboards…. #2 would most definitely have to be an upholstered wall that doubled as a headboard. Not available in stores (that I know of) this is a custom job that you can hire out or do some research, save some cash and build yourself. Few things make a bedroom more luxurious and subtly sexy like an upholstered headboard. For walls with ceilings 10′ or shorter I recommend going all the way to the top with it for a more dramatic look. Bonus: this trick will make your room appear taller.
3) Dimmer switches belong in every room, really, but especially in the bedroom! This is a simple day project that you will not necessarily need the assistance of an electrician if you do a bit of homework before getting started. Lowe’s and Home Depot have everything you need to create the perfect ambiance in your master bedroom. Dim lighting comes in handy for more than just a romantic evening. For people like me who love to get their day started in as little light as possible, a dimmer switch allows you to gently wake up and get dressed without ending up at the office wearing the wrong color shoes. Love to read in bed? This is your solution to having the glaring light above or the poor lighting from the bedside lamp to read by.
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