Put The Art On Your Walls

“Our house looks so uneventful” is a common complaint of many homemakers as they gaze around the rooms in their home. Do you also feel the same way? There’s nothing wrong with the furniture, and the walls don’t need painting, but somehow, when you walk into the living room now, it leaves you cold. It no longer has that sparkle it once had when you first moved in.

Short of replacing all the furniture, drapes and carpeting, why not perk up your home with a change of pictures or a different arrangement of your frames. Paintings can add a wealth of interest and color. The eyes need variety and the soul needs new stimulation.

1. How to decorate?

– Large paintings should not be bigger than the furniture beneath them.

– Small paintings or prints should never be hung alone on a large wall. If you only have a small number of pictures, try grouping them together on one or two walls rather than spreading them out around the room.


– Never hang your pictures too high. Pictures should be hung at eye level to encourage comfortable viewing. Just above eye level is as high as you should go, or they will seem disjointed from the rest of the room.

– If you need to make your ceiling look higher, try a vertical arrangement with a long, thin piece as the central point.

2. Plan ahead.

– Try a few different arrangements first before deciding on the final placement of the pictures. Plan carefully so you don’t end up hammering in nails all over the place. Create a diagram to scale to get a sense of overall balance.

– Consider the combined color effect of the amassed pieces. You may also wish to include objects such as an antique key or ladle, plates, horse brasses or other pretty items which can be hung or mounted on a frame.

– One of the best ways of judging the final arrangement is to spread the pieces out on the floor and do your planning and rearranging there first, before placing them on the wall. This way, you can design a well-balanced display without making unnecessary holes in your walls.


3. Frame it up.

– Even though frames are not the main focus, they should not be neglected and must harmonize with the rest of the decor. If you find a painting you like, but the frame does not suit your room, have it re-framed to match.

– Choose a frame that suits your needs and matches the era. Ornate antique frames, which are suitable for grand art pieces will not work in a colonial setting, nor can they be used to frame a modern painting. Clip frames, however, display modern art simply and elegantly. Carved and gilded reproduction, Louis XIV frames, or heavy French “trench” frames are beautiful for mirrors or portraits.

– Try to match the style of the frame to the nature of the content it displays. For example, you can use a wooden frame for a painting of trees; bleached wood for a beach scene; a matte frame color that echoes a color in the art itself; and a black frame for a black and white sketch or photography.


4. Wall fillers.

Your wall does not have to consist only of picture and print groupings alone. Other wall hangings can include:

Posters. Travel posters can be framed or laminated to preserve happy times and fun memories. Blow-ups of your favorite movie stars’ photographs, scenes or even yourself can be treated the same way.

Wall hangings. Weavings, rugs, tapestries, mascrame and old quilts can be displayed by suspending them from curtain rods or framing them in plexiglass.

Masks. Mexican, Aboriginal, African or Asian masks can be hung on a small nail to add interest to a grouping.






Antique tapestry


Modern tapestry


African mask


Mexican mask


Floral mini quilt – Handmade girl’s room decor


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Macrame wall decor

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