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5 Tips to Help You Choose Perfect Wall Artwork for Large Spaces
Given that you're a happy home owner, it's time to deck your wall surfaces with art work that shows you. Your newfound soaring ceilings and available floor plan can feel a little clear without something to brighten the wall space. Building a cohesive feel is really important, so it could require purchasing some additional items to complement the artwork you already own.
Here are five facts to consider whenever choosing (or repurposing) skill for your new large spaces, plus a couple of case-studies from my very own home.
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Think About Size
Smaller artwork is simpler to come across, it's better to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have a lot more small stuff, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. However in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not so much.
Think about the wall around a bit of art as part of the art. You want to buy to be always a natural extension of what's there. If the art's too small, it will be stressed by the emptiness and fade away - and it'll give off a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small trousers - also wii look.
For large spaces, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for larger works of art. The second reason is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about this below). And the third is to use several works of art in combination with one another, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large walls, a small little bit of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
As an example, in my home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 legs in height. A little dinky framed thing above the foundation simply wasn't heading to minimize it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Fine art That Works
Art work isn't just a framed print out or poster. There are very a few other decorative choices you may make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases onto it can be considered a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you curently have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a more substantial space can work well, like this Umbra Wallflower established - check out their site for more options.
Other options include mounting ornamental plates in a row, putting up a large mirror or using decals - which can be surprisingly hip and often look good. Check out WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you want to put on a wall membrane, it's okay to believe outside the field. A large framed picture is usually the least interesting (and often priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I selected three 16"x20" framed prints - rather orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the area? What about the wall? How about accent pillows? All these things subject and the art work (and framing) should match the colouring of the area around it. While this is tricky, the results will be much better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy actually, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I chose three floral designs with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall, while the structures are dark real wood, matching the colour of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral images are of the same color family as the wall structure and quilt, while the casings match the wood of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you opt to hang a graphic, the framework should complement both d?cor of the area and the coloring and design of the piece itself. You can also need to choose if you need matting or not - while matting can improve the wall structure size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a print out to drown in its border. In most cases, smaller items with large matting only do well if the image is very simple and obvious from afar. If someone must peer close up at a piece to appreciate it, comprehensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are many choices. A wood shape with a carved design can have a nice shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been decorated. For a in a straight line vintage look, simply dark wood structures work great. If you want a modernist or modern vibe, metallic or black structures are the way to go.
Also, if you like radiant d?cor, you shouldn't be afraid to go with a bright-colored shape, particularly if the area needs a pop as well as your color choice suits another highlight in the area.
LOWER COSTS Where You Can
If you're choosing a print, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using prints that fit in standard-sized frames, that are much cheaper than custom structures. You can also look for classic frames at garage area and estate sales and then work backward, completing the photo after you have the frame.
Or, one of the benefits of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox beautification is having less body - that can frequently be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can body any poster on two edges for a small fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided to go with for my three prints above the bed.
There are also companies that print photos onto canvas or solid wood - which don't desire a frame by any means. If you're a shutterbug and also have some great pics you would like to hang, this might be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you may often find half-off discounts.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also offers high ceilings and blends directly into the living room, I had fashioned two designs made and opt for custom size for every single that fit the wall-space properly. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the put together pair cost less than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Deciding on the best art for a big space isn't easy - but it can be done if you take the time to essentially plan out the thing you need. Think through the scale, type, color, framing and cost of what you want. And get ideas from the internet and beyond - sites like Houzz can provide you great ideas, as can home d?cor newspapers, or even just shopping at home goods stores and viewing the way they have their showrooms setup.
The main element is visualizing what you need before you have it and then patiently working toward discovering the right artwork at the right cost for your space. Don't hurry things - Rome wasn't built in a day, and your home will not be decorated per day. But when your property is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!