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Decorating Your Walls

No matter if you own or rent your home, we all seem to have a huge dilemma when is time to decorate the walls. Renting your place it doesn’t mean you can get away with empty walls, before you move out you can always patch the holes and cover them with a little paint, no excuses here!!

Here are a few quick and easy ways to dress up your walls, on a budget!

The most common mistake people make when decorating their walls is to place things around just to fill empty space. -To avoid that mistake, draw an imaginary rectangle on the main focal wall in the room you wish to dress up. Fill that rectangle with a grouping of art, portraits, plates, or clocks. This will make a stronger impact for the room.

-Hang larger scale items to make your rooms seem bigger; like a rug, a pretty tapestry with decorative rod or your favorite quilt.

-Create a dramatic wall hanging with a large piece of plywood, some paint, and one inspirational word in large letters. “Love”, “Laugh” “Believe” or any word that puts a smile on your face. Paint the plywood with the color of your choice, then sketch on your word with pencil, and paint the letters with black, brown or metallic paint.  Paint a background frame for your favorite art or group of paintings. Make the frame at least 4-6 inches larger than the art, tape off with painters tape, and fill in with a darker version of your wall color. Paint a simple border and background in neutral colors.

 -Consider using stencils to add detail and design to your walls. Pick up a simple design to wrap around windows and doors, or to add detail to your painted “frames” around your wall art groupings.

Decorating with Artwork

Wall accessories can have a dramatic impact on room balance. Furniture in a room without accessories looks unfinished. A balance of art, accessories and furniture gives a finished look to the room, even when all of the decorating has not been completed.

– Start with the largest wall. Draw the eye to the wall with art to emphasize the wall space and distribute color at eye level.

– Hang artwork with the center of the picture at eye level. (This may vary according to your client’s height.) For a grouping, be sure that you establish a dominant focal point (usually the largest piece), which should be placed at eye level.

– It is best not to cover every wall with a grouping; likewise, avoid spotting the walls with one picture on each wall. A balance between groupings and single pictures is preferable. Companion pieces hung together can play the role of a grouping or take on the look of a single picture. Odd number groupings are usually the most effective.

– A variety of sizes and shapes add interest. You can mix ovals, horizontals and verticals in various sizes. A sense of unity can be achieved in such a mix by repeating at least one element. Color is usually the easiest.

– Pairs can be hung either vertically or horizontally, creating a sense of line. Do not hang diagonally except on a stairway.

– Balance the light and dark pictures in a grouping so that they are not all in one area. Visual weight should be at the bottom of the group.

– Spacing between pictures in a grouping should be similar and kept to a minimum.

– Pictures should be placed 4 to 12 inches above a piece of furniture to keep the art as part of the whole scheme.

– Mirrors can also be used to add visual weight and brightness. A mirror may also reflect artwork that is in a less visible area. Use mirrors to expand space in foyers, hallways or any small space.

– Texture can be added by incorporating shelves, plants, trees, clocks, shadow boxes, etc., any and all of which help add greater interest to the room design.

Hanging Artwork

The following are general rules that should be considered when hanging art. As always, there may be exceptions to these rules.

  1. Hang artwork with the center of the picture near eye level.
  2. When hanging artwork above furniture, it should be a hand span (8”-12”) from the furniture.
  3. Avoid hanging artwork in direct sunlight. The print and mats will fade if exposed to sunlight over a period of time.
  4. Consider the size of the framed piece to the size of the space/wall on which it will hang. It should proportionately match the space.
  5. Stair-step arrangements are not recommended unless they are used to accent architectural features such as a staircase.
  6. Horizontal arrangements are more soothing while vertical arrangements are more engaging.
  7. Groupings should occupy two-thirds of the length of the furniture over which they hang.
  8. When doing a large gallery wall, the pieces should first be laid out on the floor, or on graph paper. Spacing of 2”-3” are normally recommended.
  9. Begin with a large piece at low-center and build up and out from that point for a large grouping.

Now is time to hang your favorite art and pictures.