Exposed Brick Wall Decorating Ideas
5 Tips to Help You Choose Perfect Wall structure Art work for Large Spaces
Given that you're a happy home owner, it is time to deck your wall space with artwork that displays you. Your newfound soaring ceilings and available floor plan can feel just a little bare without something to brighten the surfaces. Setting up a cohesive feel is really important, so it could require purchasing some additional parts to supplement the art work you already own.
Here are five facts to consider whenever choosing (or repurposing) fine art for your new large spaces, along with a couple of case-studies from my very own home.
Exposed Brick Wall Decorating Ideas
Think About Size
Smaller artwork is much easier to come by, it's much easier to store and it's really generally cheaper - so most folks have a lot more small products, which works great if you have a snug bedroom, or a cramped hallway. But in an expansive room with high ceilings? Not so much.
Think about the wall membrane around a bit of art as part of the art. You want to buy to be always a natural expansion of what's there. In case the art's too small, it'll be stressed by the emptiness and disappear - and it'll produce a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it will feel like a giant wearing too-small pants - also not a good look.
For large spaces, there are several solutions: the first is simply looking for larger works of art. The second is to choose something that's not a framed image (more about that below). And the 3rd is by using several pieces of art in combination with one another, to make a larger piece.
With high ceilings and large wall space, a small piece of artwork above the bed simply won't do.
As an example, in my own home, the bedroom (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 feet in height. Just a little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to minimize it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Kind of Artwork That Works
Art work isn't only a framed printing 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 a great way to decorate a more substantial space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate decor to take up a more substantial space could work well, like this Umbra Wallflower place - check out their site to get more detailed options.
Other alternatives include mounting attractive plates in a row, putting up a large reflection or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and often look good. Check out WallPops!, for a few ideas.
When deciding what you want to put on a wall structure, it's okay to think outside the container. A large framed picture is often the least interesting (and frequently priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I chose three 16"x20" framed designs - fairly orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the room? How about the wall? How about accent pillows? Each one of these things subject and the art work (and framing) should match the colouring of the space around it. While this is tricky, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy actually, but of the same color family and feel.
In my bedroom, for example, I decided to go with three floral designs with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall, while the frames are dark timber, matching the colour of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral images are of the same color family as the wall membrane and quilt, while the frames match the timber of the headboard.
Don't Forget the Frame
If you choose to hang a graphic, the shape should complement both the d?cor of the area and the coloring and style of the piece itself. You can also need to decide if you wish matting or not - while matting can improve the wall membrane size of a smaller piece, be wary of allowing a print out to drown in its border. Generally speaking, smaller portions with very large matting only succeed if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone needs to peer close up at a piece to understand it, considerable matting is a no-no.
For the frame material, there are many choices. A wood frame with a carved design can have a good shabby-chic feel, especially if it's been coated. For a in a straight line vintage look, plain dark wood casings work great. If you need a modernist or contemporary vibe, metal or black casings are the way to go.
Also, if you want radiant d?cor, don't be frightened to go with a bright-colored body, particularly if the space requires a pop as well as your color choice suits another accent in the area.
LOWER COSTS WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're choosing a printing, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using images that easily fit into standard-sized frames, which can be considerably cheaper than custom structures. You can even look for old-fashioned frames at storage area and property sales and then work backward, completing the photo after you have the frame.
Or, one of the features of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox beautification is having less frame - that can frequently be a big cost savings. There tend to be creative workarounds. The business Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can style any poster on two edges for a fraction of what traditional framing costs - that's what I selected for my three images above the bed.
There's also companies that print out images onto canvas or solid wood - and that don't desire a frame by any means. If you're a shutterbug and have some great pictures you'd like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you can often find half-off deals.
For my dining area (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and blends right into the living room, I had fashioned two designs made and chose a custom size for each that fit the wall-space wonderfully. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the put together pair cost a lower amount than $100 - about the price of getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a sizable space isn't easy - but it could be done if you take the time to essentially plan out what you need. Think through the size, type, colouring, framing and cost of what you would like. And get enthusiasm from the web and beyond - sites like Houzz can give you great ideas, as can home d?cor newspapers, or even just shopping at home goods stores and witnessing how they have their showrooms setup.
The key is visualizing the thing you need before you have it and then patiently working toward discovering the right skill at the right cost for your space. Don't dash things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, as well as your home won't be decorated per day. But when your property is fully decorated, it will look fabulous!