I often find myself staring at the wall and thinking 'what if...?' So it was with great joy that I discovered a trove of tips and new posts about whipping one's walls into great shape at Ballard Designs this month.
According to the folks at Ballard, changing your wall decor can be the simplest, most affordable way to reinvent a room while making a statement about your personality. But before you get started, check out the following tips and tricks:
- As a general rule, hang any artwork so that the center point of the piece or grouping is at approximately eye level. You may want to consider hanging art slightly lower in a dining room, since guests will likely be sitting when looking at it.
- Test your imagined arrangement before putting hammer to nail by laying everything out on a table or on the floor. Move the pieces around until you have an arrangement that you like. Or lay the pieces on a large piece of kraft or wrapping paper, trace around each piece and mark the hanging points. Then, tape the paper to the wall and hammer in the nails. Remove the paper, and hang away.
- Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture. Generally art should be about 75 percent the width of the furniture.
- When hanging art over the fireplace, create a grouping about the same size as the fireplace opening. One large piece, or several small pieces that appear as one unit create a more memorable effect.
- When you are grouping four or more pieces, one above the other, consider a vertical line— the art should be visually balanced on both sides of an imaginary vertical line.
- When creating a cluster of items on a wall, make sure the pieces are similar either in color scheme, frame style, or subject matter.
For more ideas that will make you look like a decorating genius, click here.