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5 Tips to Help You Choose Perfect Wall Skill for Large Spaces
Given that you're a pleased home owner, it's time to deck your surfaces with fine art that reflects you. Your newfound soaring ceilings and available floor plan can feel just a little unfilled without something to brighten the walls. Making a cohesive feel is absolutely important, so that it could require purchasing some additional portions to complement the fine art you already own.
Here are five things to consider whenever choosing (or repurposing) skill for your new large spaces, plus a couple of case-studies from my own home.
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Think About Size
Smaller artwork is easier to come across, it's much easier to store and it's generally cheaper - so most folks have much 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 of the wall structure around a bit of art within the art. You want it to be a natural expansion of what's there. In case the art's too small, it'll be confused by the emptiness and vanish - and it will give off a timid and helpless vibe. If it's too big, it'll feel like a huge wearing too-small jeans - also not a good look.
For large spaces, there are several alternatives: the foremost is simply looking for greater pieces of art. The second is to choose something that isn't a framed image (more about this below). And the third is to use several pieces 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 foundation simply won't do.
As an example, in my own home, the bed room (pictured above) has vaulted ceilings that reach 17 legs in height. A little dinky framed thing above the bed simply wasn't going to cut it. I needed something bigger.
Choose a Type of Artwork That Works
Fine art isn't only a framed print or poster. There are very a few other decorative choices you can make. For example, buying a wall-mounted shelf and putting figurines or vases on it can be a great way to decorate a larger space using collectibles that you already have. Or, getting aggregate accessories to take up a larger space could work well, like this Umbra Wallflower establish - check out their site to get more options.
Other options include mounting attractive plates in a row, adding a large reflection or using decals - that happen to be surprisingly hip and frequently look good. Check out WallPops!, for some ideas.
When deciding what you would like to put on a wall, it's okay to believe outside the pack. A large framed picture is usually the least interesting (and often priciest) choice. (Though, for my bedroom example, I decided to go with three 16"x20" framed images - pretty orthodox.)
Keep Coloring in Mind
What color is the furniture in the room? What about the wall? Think about accent pillows? Each one of these things matter and the art (and framing) should match the coloring of the space around it. While this can be tricky, the results will be far better when everything is coordinated. Not matchy-matchy necessarily, but of the same color family and feel.
In my own bedroom, for example, I decided to go with three floral images with softer hues that are brought out by the Wythe Blue of the wall membrane, while the structures are dark timber, matching the color of the headboard and lampshades.
The floral images are of the same color family as the wall and quilt, as the casings match the solid wood of the headboard.
REMEMBER the Frame
If you opt to hang an image, the framework should complement both d?cor of the area and the coloring and style of the part itself. You'll also need to decide if you wish matting or not - while matting can raise the wall membrane size of an inferior piece, be wary of allowing a print to drown in its border. Generally speaking, smaller pieces with large matting only succeed if the image is simple and obvious from afar. If someone needs to peer close up at a piece to appreciate it, intensive matting is a no-no.
For the frame materials, there are many choices. A wood framework with a carved design can have a good shabby-chic feel, particularly if it's been painted. For a upright vintage look, simply dark wood frames work great. If you want a modernist or modern-day vibe, material or black casings are the strategy to use.
Also, if you like radiant d?cor, don't be afraid to go with a bright-colored shape, particularly if the surrounding requires a pop as well as your color choice suits another accent in the space.
Keep Costs Down WHERE YOU ARE ABLE TO
If you're going with a print out, framing can be expensive. Lower costs by only using images that fit in standard-sized frames, which are very good cheaper than custom frames. You can even look for vintage frames at garage area and property sales and then work backward, completing the photo once you've the frame.
Or, one of the features of a wall-mounted shelf or other unorthodox adornment is having less framework - that can often be a big cost benefits. There are often creative workarounds. The company Wellmade offers Gallery STiiCKs that can style any poster on two sides for a small percentage of what traditional framing costs - that's what I decided for my three prints above the foundation.
There are also companies that printing images onto canvas or hardwood - which don't desire a frame whatsoever. If you are a shutterbug and also have some great pics you would like to hang, this may be your chance. Shutterfly offers this service, for example, and you will often find half-off offers.
For my dining room (pictured above), which also has high ceilings and mixes right into the living room, I had developed two designs made and chose a custom size for each that fit the wall-space beautifully. Because I'm a deal-hunter, the blended pair cost less than $100 - about the price tag on getting one large-ish poster custom framed.
Choosing the right art for a huge 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, colouring, framing and cost of what you want. And get inspiration from the web and beyond - sites like Houzz can provide you great ideas, as can home d?cor periodicals, or even just shopping at home goods stores and discovering how they have their showrooms setup.
The main element is visualizing the thing you need before you have it and then patiently working toward discovering the right art at the right cost for your space. Don't rush things - Rome wasn't built-in a day, and your home won't be decorated in a day. But when your home is fully decorated, it'll look fabulous!