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Wall Decorating Tip By Gabrielle Di Stefano: 7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art

Wall Decorating Tip By Gabrielle Di Stefano: 7 Unexpectedly Intriguing Places for Art

By: Published on September 15, 2013

Art engages us, stirs our soul and creates debate, but it is often the final piece in a room. Although art is usually saved for last, the right piece of art can tie all the other elements in a space together. When used in a surprising place, art can be thrilling. When we least expect it, a colorful depiction from a child’s imagination in a mudroom or a thought-provoking landscape over a kitchen bench delights us.

Use one of these creative placement ideas to make your much-loved artwork even more enjoyable.

1. Patios. Outdoors may not be the most obvious place for a painting, but if it is well protected from the elements, why not? This bright toucan painting really livens up this porch.

Design tip: When you’re hanging artwork in an area with an 8-foot high ceiling, the middle of the picture should be approximately 5 feet off the floor.

2. Bathrooms. Bathrooms should be places of serenity and luxury. A beautiful piece of art will only enhance that indulgent experience.

Design tip: In wet areas place your artwork under glass to avoid damage from water and steam.

3. Kitchens. It is ideal to have a window at your kitchen sink. But if you don’t have that luxury (or you would prefer the extra cupboard space instead), take photographs of some favorite personal places and have them screen-printed onto glass cabinet doors.

Design tip: Try grouping empty frames, mirrors or family photos. Symmetrical groupings add balance, formality and a sense of calmness.

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Wall Decorating Tip By Becky Harris: 10 Ways Photos Can Make a Room

 

10 Ways Photos Can Make a Room

By:  Published on September 14, 2011

Photos are a wonderful way to adorn your walls, whether you’re into Richard Misrach, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, funny old photos found at flea markets or showing off the best shots you took of your vacation or kids. There are endless ways to group and arrange them; here are a few great ones.

Tip 1. One large-scale photograph. This striking landscape dominates the wall; the sky, clouds, and top of the tree make a strong impact on the color scheme and mood of the room. … Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Lawrence Karol: Lean or Hang Artwork?

Wall Decorating Tip By Lawrence Karol: Lean or Hang Artwork?

Published by: April 24, 2012

There’s a good deal of speculation, and a number of theories, floating around as to why designers lean paintings and photographs against walls instead of hanging them. I’m not much for speculation, so I decided to skip all that stuff and go straight to the source. Here are some reasons and ways to do it from the designers themselves.

Become your own curator. For this family room, Karen Soojian, principal at KSID Studio, leaned the art and varied the height of the pieces to provide a contrast with the boxy shape of the fireplace. She notes that “juxtaposing several pieces of art and other elements is more entertaining to the eye, and this type of art installation allows flexibility — our client has a hassle-free way to change the arrangement of their art.” Read more

From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

From the Artist: How to Make a Real Mobile

Published by: on December 8, 2014

I’d like to explain how to make a real mobile. By a “real” mobile, I mean one in which the balance of the different parts depends on those parts, which results in much more interesting dynamics than if you just tie a number of objects to a coat hanger or a horizontal circle.

There are a number of how-to articles for specific mobiles with specific materials, but none of the ones that I’ve come across explain how the balance structure of a real mobile works. I’d like to provide you with a sort of blueprint for mobiles. Once you have that, you can apply it using any materials, whether those are just some random objects you find around your house, objects specific to a season or a holiday, or some midcentury modern shapes….Read Full Article

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Wall Decorating Tip By Lily Gahagan: Botanical Prints

Wall Decorating Tip By Lily Gahagan: Botanical Prints

Published March 10, 2011

I adore lush, verdant plants — the problem is, they don’t stay that way for very long under my care. So in addition to vigilantly watering my feeble-looking flowers, I make sure to supplement with plenty of plant-inspired art.

My main source? Flea markets, of course. You can almost always find a booth specializing in antique prints, and botanicals are a particularly popular subject. See how members of Houzz use them around their homes and get inspired to start your own botanical print collection. … Read Full Article

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