I live in an apartment that doesn’t allow painting (dreadful) and coming from an apartment that DID allow it, it’s rather depressing. In my last place I had a mulberry wall in my bedroom which has Moroccan elements and then a chocolate wall in my living room which has African Safari & animal print pieces. So to help all the other people out who have my dilemma or who simply want to spruce up their wall space without anything too permanent, here are some relatively inexpensive ideas to hopefully inspire you.
Depending on how it’s done, I love a collage of photos. The key is to have some consistency otherwise it will look dated and cluttered. You want to either A) use the same color frames. They can be different frames (actually I think the more styles the better) but when painted the same it works. B) The same color pictures. Whether you use pics with the same colors in it or all black & white or sepia toned, that allows for a cohesive look. C) same colored frame AND mat. When you use the same mat it really frames out the pictures quite nicely.
- La Dolce Vita
Placement of photos on walls are also important. Rule of thumb, unless you’re doing some sort of collage, never hang pix higher than the other. Make sure they’re at eye level (not too high or too low) Never put pictures over door frames. Maybe it’s a pet peeve of mine but I cannot stand it especially in a room where the ceilings are the normal 8 ft height. It just looks silly. I love when mirrors or art are aligned in 3s. It makes such a statement. Try putting them over a bed for a “headboard” feel.
Size of pictures is something one must consider when putting them over pieces of furniture. As with anything in your space, you want to make sure everything is to scale. There IS such thing as having too small of pictures for the space. Imagine bite size pictures over an oversized couch with really high ceilings. Yeah, it’s not a good look.
When doing family photos, try to think of different ways to display them. One big trend right now is frameless portraits and enlarged images. It’s still highlighting your loved ones but in more of a modern non stale way. By stale I mean…….well…..you’ve been to homes, particularly the elder generation where there’s family photos on the walls EVERYWHERE….in different frame styles, different color frames, different eras of photos, different colors, hung at different heights….just doing entirely way too much. Unless you’re displaying a collection of art as in an art wall and confining it to one wall or space, then I don’t cosign the above.
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