I know so many people who have a bunch of art work, photos and other kinds of framed stuff just sitting in the back of a closet, in the middle of gardening tools on a rack in the garage or amongst the inflatable reindeer in the attic.
Usually, fear of the permanence and "getting it wrong." Many homeowner's on a bunch of the shows I've worked on over the years fall into similar categories. They have really great things to hang, but the idea of putting a nail in the wall and then not liking how it has all worked out strikes boundless amounts of fear.
C'mon! Let's get that stuff up on the walls.
If you have a bunch of it, making a focal art wall is an awesome way to to create a real striking and dramatic look. It's also perfect for those of you who don't want to commit to putting color on your walls. Having a whole wall filled with art can give you instant color based on the art you choose to hang. Filling a wall with frames is so much easier than it looks.
1) Most frames that you buy at the store have a piece of cardboard or paper in them that are the size of the frame. Go ahead and remove that for now since you're going to use it as part of your "puzzle piece" in figuring out how to hang your frames.
2) If you're incorporating a piece of art work or frame that doesn't have the paper insert, you can use newspaper or inexpensive butcher paper and trace the silhouette of the piece. Cut out the space and you're good to go.
3) The only other thing you'll need right now is some masking tape--nothing too sticky so it doesn't leave any glue on the wall.
4) All you have to do now is to start taping the papers that correspond to the photos/art work to your wall. Put some up, move back and see how it's looking. Continue the process and move stuff around, add more, remove some, keep playing with it. This is just a giant wall puzzle that is actually all about what feels right for you, your room and what you're trying to accomplish.
Filling one single wall can be quite dramatic and really fun to look at!
If you're not afraid of color, adding a great hue behind your framed art work or photos can bring a whole other layer to the impact.
Play with frame colors. Go all one tone-black museum frames or all metal. Mix them all around. You can do a wall where each frame is completely different from funky thrift store finds, unframed stretched canvases to gaudy gold leaf framed B&W photography. There are no rules here. Really, the only rule is to make it yours. This is your home and it needs to tell your story. There is no such thing as the "right" way to hang a photo. Every person lives in a different type of home with varying ceiling heights and room sizes. Experiment with placement and see what happens.
Great design only happens when you challenge yourself.
This isn't an exact science.
Anything can happen.
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