Periodically I like to do articles on decorating dilemmas; often they are issues that I encounter when helping clients with their redesign. Here are a few I have dealt with recently:
How do I hang things on a curved wall?
There are a couple of ideas that you can use. Instead of a standard picture, think of hanging a structural item that is 3D since it sticks out from the wall it won’t matter that the wall behind it is curved. You can use picture hanging wire and one or two hangers depending on the weight of the item. Another idea is to use a special hanging system that has designed wall track that can adapt to curved walls, click here for information.
How to create privacy when an entrance has sidelights?
You may not like the openness of the windows surrounding your front door. Though there are panel options for privacy, you may not like the traditional style. Another idea is to add a privacy film to the window so that the light can still come in and it doesn’t take away from the décor inside of the house.
How do I decorate an empty or vaulted wall?
Many newer homes have walls that are vaulted, and clients don’t know what to do with them. They like the open feel of the room yet they don’t understand how to tie the artwork with the elements in the room.
I often go into houses where the artwork is hung centered on the wall or is hung too high for the size of the artwork. The “eye level” (hung at 57-60”) rule does not always apply. You have to take into account the furniture that will be arranged by the wall. I find that people don’t use the correct size of artwork or they try to use many small items, and the look does not pull together.
If you are hanging artwork above a side table, buffet, mantle or another element, generally the bottom of the frame should be between 6-8” above the top of the item. If you want to do multiple pictures you need to arrange the items on the floor and consider them as one whole item when thinking about how and where to hang them. When hanging the framed pieces arrange them pleasing to the eye. You do not want to hang everything symmetrically. Be daring and try creating unexpected visual interest to a room.
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By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz: Collins & DuPont Design Group, Doug Thompson Photography.