Over the years of running a professional interior design, decorating, and staging business, I have encountered many of the same questions. A broad category of these questions has to do with choosing art pieces and how to hang artwork properly. If you missed it, read my last decorating article, How to Hang Artwork, for tips. A common question is how to deal with artwork that is too small for a specific area.Continue reading 5 Tips to make Artwork Appear Larger
A question that I frequently hear from clients is how to hang artwork properly. There are some simple guidelines to ensure the proper balance that you can follow. These guidelines will help you to create a look that you will be happy with viewing in your home.Continue reading How to Hang Artwork
With the start of September and the start of school, it’s time to come up with a decorative way to display your kid’s artwork. As a parent of four kids, we always encouraged art projects, painting, and clay in our home. We always tried to instill self-expression through some form of art or crafts. When they were little we had a large bulletin board in our laundry room, and each child got to decide which one or two pictures they loved the most, and they hung it proudly. Through the years, I collected folders per year of their best artwork. Even though my children are in their 20’s and early 30’s they still enjoy the extraordinary paintings, papier-mâché and pottery pieces we have saved through the years. Some are beautiful, and some are hysterically bad!
One of my children, Rachel, went on to art school, and I am very blessed to have several large pieces of hers hanging in my home. The featured photo on this post displays one of my favorites!
Last week my decorating article discussed taking advantage of the January Whites Sales to update your bedroom’s linens. This week I would like to focus on three ways that you can easily create a new bedroom look:
1. Add Artwork
Choosing artwork can often be intimidating, or I find clients only want to fill a space. Understanding the proper size and selecting a piece that reflects your interests are important. My suggestion is to know how big a piece you need, take into account if the artwork will need to be framed as that will add further dimension. Keep in mind custom framing can be quite expensive and there are many ready-made frames available, have sizing in mind when you begin shopping.
It is imperative to create your furniture arrangement first, then add artwork and finish with accessorizing. I find people like to center a piece of artwork in the center of the wall space, which sounds practical. However, art should be hung, so it aesthetically ties into what it hangs over.
How to find affordable art sources:
Society 6 – Quirky and unusual artwork.
Art.com – Prints from your favorite artists.
Minted – Offers artwork from independent artists and a styling service if you are unsure of what you are looking for in a piece.
Etsy – If you would like a customized sign, or choose from many wall hangings, and unique hand-crafted items.
Zatista and Saatchi Art – Offer original artwork where you search based on price range and size.
Artfinder – Offers original artwork.
Ikea – Offers large and over-sized pieces.
iCanvas – Pick from existing artwork or create your own and decide the size.
2. Add dimension in Layers
2018 is the year of warm and comfortable according to Amy Astley, editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest. To add a unique look to your bedroom without changing the comforter or duvet is to add layers on top. These are the layers and their respective order:
- Sheets – bottom sheet, top sheet
- Blanket or thin cover
- Pillows, European Shams (26×26), decorative pillows
- Comforter / Duvet
Click here to view tips on how to layer your bed from Pier1. Do you have an artist in your home? You can upload a file to Spoonflower where they create your image into fabric! Create customized fabric for your unique decorative pillows.
3. Add a Pop Color
Photo by Houzz – Search bedroom pictures
Note: In my last decorating article I covered adding light to your bedroom if you need to update your bedside lamps, click here to learn more about making the right choice.
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. Featured photo from Houzz: Leaf Floor Covering-Shaw Flooring