I recently found your blog and love what you are doing! As a former teacher, I really appreciate the "Decorating 101" lessons you include in each of your posts. I'm learning lots!
I'm hoping to get some advice for my living room, which I've been fussing with for years. I've rearranged the furniture in a pleasing (at least to me!) arrangement, that helps highlight one of my favorite features - the windows. I'm still looking for some blinds for the windows... something with a texture. My biggest sticking point right now is the big, blank, back wall. The wall itself is 11' 4" wide by 8' tall. I know I should bring in some height, but how? I'd love to do a picture gallery with photos I've taken from some of our favorite places. I'm not sure how to balance that out without it looking like a giant wall of pictures. I'd like it to have some variety - art and photos, etc. I welcome your suggestions!
Thank you for your time,
- Select a few key pieces. I like using a couple of larger pieces that keep the wall from being too busy. They also give the eye something to look at from a distance, as small photos are all a "close up" activity. Add a clock- add some art- add some alternative wall decor.
- Go asymmetrical. Your furniture is asymmetrical- so your wall decor should be also. That is not always true in reverse. :)
- Add pattern. You have a traditional interior- and yet, I see very little pattern. I think you are perhaps a scaredy cat. Use all future decorating projects as a way to introduce pattern. Starting with this one. (next I want you to replace your coffee table with a patterned upholstered ottoman...)
- Fill in your larger pieces with your frames. When you do this all on paper- graph paper- to scale- you will know what size of frames you should get. Don't go too thin on your frames. Too thin will not blend nicely with your larger pieces- you don't want the thicknesses to be too different. Make sure you have overlap with your furniture and lamp. Don't hang everything above these items- remember overlap. It is much easier to design first- then purchase- not purchase first- then design.
There you go- the wall is done. What do you think? Any other ideas for Laura?
wall decor from Uttermost
frames from The Import Collection