Interior Decorating Information

Decorating With Art


A Little Savvy with Framed Art Prints and Photographs Can Help Successfully Pull a Room Together

Maybe you're restricted by an older living space with existing furnishings, or overwhelmed by the possibilities a stark new space may offer. Maybe you're decorating with unlimited funds, or on a shoe string budget. What ever the circumstances, framed art and prints can offer numerous solutions to decorating dilemmas, and they are often key elements in bringing a room together.

To use framed art successfully, as wall dcor, color, and grouping, proportions and hanging need to be given careful consideration. Begin by thinking about the feeling or mood you wish to convey. Consider the colors and styles of existing furnishings, you may wish to reinforce, contrast or complement especially those that would be difficult or costly to change, such as flooring or bathroom fixtures. Study the space itself. Is it large and expansive, with high ceilings, or small and intimate?

So, now that you've begun thinking about mood, space, color and placement, here are some thoughts about materials and tools. If conservation is an important concern, the matting material should be one hundred percent acid free rag board. This is what museums use. Double mats may work well in situations where you want to maximize an accent color. The accent colored mat is usually placed under the lighter mat so only about one sixteenth to one quarter inch (about three to five centimeters) of it shows. Mats are usually four ply, but thicker, eight ply mats can really draw in the eye. They work best with photos and very small prints. Silk mats may be used in more formal and classic situations. If a mat is not used there are spacers, called fillets that may be used to prevent the piece from touching the glass. This prevents condensation from forming. UV glass does not prevent, but will cut down the amount of fading, over time. Always make sure your mat and frame are not distract!

ing the viewer's eye away. They should compliment the piece, not compete for attention. And, finally, I suggest a level and a good sturdy hammer, if you're doing the hanging yourself.

Careful hanging, relationships, and grouping will help give a professional look. Unity is most important in bringing a display of pictures, prints and photographs together. Grouping frames for your walls are will give character to the setting. Frames in the same color and finishes unify a collection, even if pictures are of various shapes and sizes. Framing different subjects with the same color mount also helps unity.

Placing all the items you wish to group for a particular wall, on the floor in that room is an easy way to visualize a plan. You can rearrange the items until you are satisfied. Then, step back and check the arrangement, before going to the wall. Remember, a consistent spacing factor between each item is important. Picture cords and large hooks may be hidden under bell cords, ribbons and decorative rosettes. For formal settings, chains can hang pictures on traditional picture rods. Large, bold pictures can be further away, in more open rooms. Small detailed pictures should be hung in intimate halls and baths. The most common error made in hanging pictures is to hang them too high. Standing eye level of an average person is fine for halls and entryways. In living and dinning rooms, pictures should be at eye level when seated.

Celeste is a free lance designer and illustrator who earned her BFA degree, with a major in illustration and a minor in portraiture, from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her works can be found in various corporate and private collections as well as online at The Northern Ohio Illustrator's Society where she serves on the board.

About The Author

Celeste is a free lance designer and illustrator who earned her BFA degree, with a major in illustration and a minor in portraiture, from the Cleveland Institute of Art. Her works can be found in various corporate and private collections as well as online at The Northern Ohio Illustrator's Society, www.nois.com, where she serves on the board.

For more works of art, please visit our Art Gallery of Fine Prints and Posters from www.crookedWall.com. Home to over 100,000 art prints and posters, easily sort able by artist and style.


MORE RESOURCES:
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news


Forbes

The World's Best Interior Designers Hot List
Forbes
We bring you the world's best interior designers who've been making headlines thanks to their lust-worthy residential designs sure to give you some home décor inspiration. Martyn Lawrence-Bullard. Background: Design allowed the 50-year-old British ...



9Honey

How one of Sydney's hottest interior designers styles her own home
9Honey
If you don't know who Sibella Court is, chances are you've seen the design work she's done for hotels, restaurants and bars like Hotel Palisade, The Oaks, Mr Wong and Ms G's. Court is also an award-winning author of titles such as Etcetera, The Stylist ...



Andover Townsman

Andover gains family-run, design-savvy shop
Andover Townsman
Lynn, a 20-year business owner of a Chelmsford dance studio, has always dreamed of owning a store to express her passion for interior design. "Lynn has a great passion for design and decorating," husband John said. "She has always wanted to have a ...



The Courier-Journal

Decorating the perfect Christmas table this holiday is easier than you think
The Courier-Journal
Pull the wreath off your front door, use dish towels in place of napkins and throw a tiny rug on the table. It's time to think outside of the box when setting your holiday table. Lee Farris, an interior designer at Bliss Home, 1108 Lyndon Lane, shows ...



Palm Beach Daily News

Art, colors of the sea inspire waterfront designs
Palm Beach Daily News
And sea colors have always played a part in my decorating life. I've carried the blue green of the Atlantic, viewed from the windows of so many Palm Beach homes, into many of the rooms I've designed, whether a living or dining room, a bedroom, an ...



Hyperallergic

Melania Trump's Illustrated Guide to Holiday Decorating
Hyperallergic
If you decorate your living room with Ina's “rough-hewn salvaged wooden beams” and “river stone hearth,” people will think your main home was taken away because your husband went bankrupt. Therefore, I advise to not follow the suggestions of Homely Ina ...



Duluth News Tribune

Modern bohemian decor: More than just interior design | Duluth ...
Duluth News Tribune
Once thought of as loud, over-the-top colors paired with intricate Moroccan rugs — modern bohemian decor is now thought of as minimal, intentional and eclectic. Area designers share how this once-boisterous style has organically evolved into playful ...

and more »


Forbes

LexSet Is About To Revolutionize Interior Design With NextGen AI
Forbes
Meet the Jarvis of home design, soon to be launched in 2018. The company is LexSet and it aims to revolutionize the way people shop, assemble and design for their homes. Everyone knows that decorating a new home can be challenging—so much so that ...



Sacramento Magazine

Festive in the Foothills
Sacramento Magazine
“I love decorating, entertaining and cooking. I think I got that from my parents being in hospitality,” says Whitney, whose family owned a restaurant in Laguna Beach when she was growing up. “It comes as second nature.” It also comes with the territory ...



Domain News

The power of negative space: Why it's an interior designer's secret weapon
Domain News
The hole in a doughnut, the interval between lightning and thunder, an eloquent pause in a conversation – an absence can make a profound impression. The concept of negative space pervades all aspects of design, from art and architecture to interiors ...


Google News

home | site map | Nautical Decor
© 2006