Whether you’re hanging one large piece, a grouping of small ones or a combination of both, properly showcasing your art can be a daunting task. Artwork is such an important part of a decorating scheme. Because your art can be anything from an investment piece to a work of personal value, it’s essential to not only integrate your pieces with the right color schemes but to have the proper placement to create balance and harmony. Have a look through the photos below, as we have some fantastic tips on how to hang artwork throughout your home to make the process a little bit easier, and maybe even fun!
If you are looking for further inspiration, check out one of our past articles on 58 Stylish ways to transform ordinary walls into art gallery walls.
When you are grouping four or more pieces, one above the other, you should consider a vertical line, meaning that the art should be visually balanced on both sides of an imaginary vertical line. Too much ‘weight’ on one side or the other will make the group seem awkward and unbalanced. It is a good idea to make sure the art is similar either in color scheme, frame style, or subject matter to create balance and harmony.
Create a rustic backdrop for your modern art and furnishings with reclaimed wood. Adding chocolate curtains makes it appear as if there was a window in the room and visually frame out the space. A monochromatic color scheme and textured shag area rug helps to not detract from the focal point of the room.
Choose complementary shades for your walls. This abstract painting with tones of yellow and orange pops against the Galapagos Turquoise Benjamin Moore wall paint. You can achieve a similar look with abstract paintings from Saatchi.
This piece evokes a quiet, tranquil moment on the water. That feeling is exaggerated against simple white walls that allow the photograph to do the talking.
This painting is positioned perfectly — centered between the two doors, above the console — to create an instant focal point that allows the rest of the room to shine. The size and tone of your art are important. Choose a painting with the appropriate scale for your space, in tones that stand out and draw the eye in but don’t clash with the rest of the room. One large, bold piece of art looks fantastic against a neutral wall and furniture. A series of prints can make an impact too, whether they’re framed identically or have an eclectic mix of frames.
Art hung over a piece of furniture should not be wider than the width of the furniture, a general principle being that the art should be about 75% the width of the furniture.
Asymmetrical Placement. This is a great solution when you have a group of prints that aren’t necessarily the same but share at least one similar element, such as subject matter or color scheme. You can asymmetrically arrange the pieces so that they still achieve a nice ‘organic’ balance. If you have two larger pieces, try staggering them by hanging one lower than the other, so that top and bottom don’t match.
In the above scenario, grouping larger and smaller pieces helps to create interest and energy. The same is true for vertical and horizontal pieces in the same grouping.
Hanging pieces horizontally. Perfect for a hallway or sofa wall, hanging art horizontally allows you to achieve some volume without appearing crowded. For this scenario, an odd number of pieces is more attractive to the eye and is visually balanced; a normal spacing of 4-6” is typically recommended.
Here’s a no-fail picture ledge look: Combine a series of framed black and white photos in a collage format. Add a few tiny objects to the mix, and you’re done. Tip: Include a few extra-small frames in the foreground for depth.
The orange fabric panel slides to reveal a recessed TV. The “Wedge” fixtures, made by Belfer are 150 Watt tungsten halogen lamps. These are really all about creating ambient light, because their primary purpose is to illuminate the ceiling, for indirect lighting. Besides the little pool of light on the wall just above them, they throw a LOT of light out up and away from the wall. These are typically used in high-ceiling spaces.
Picture lights helps to spotlight your art and create vibrancy in the colors of the paintings.
Use a wall of picture ledges to display books and art for a fascinating and vibrant collage.
Nordic style loves black and white, and often includes creative vignettes of posters and photography. Picture ledges are the perfect starting point for a gallery-style wall. Tip: Install your picture ledges to one side of a wall when you’d like to visually divide the space.
Old marine rope and vintage hardware lever make for a cool, dramatic way to display an oiled canvas painting. This contrasts playfully with an ultra-modern chandelier and sleek Saarinen table.
Create a layered look on your picture ledge. Picture ledges are one of the simplest ways to add a personal touch to your home’s decor — and with maximum effect. That’s because despite their name, they can also be used as small shelves to hold decorative objects, art, books or even a collection of plates. And the best part: A picture ledge allows you to swap out photographs and decor on a whim, or with the seasons. Goodbye, blank walls; hello, curated art collection.
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To maximize space in your home, utilizing under stairs storage space solutions can help to de-clutter and create functionality in an otherwise unused space. There are several ways that you can use the area underneath the stairs, from bookshelves to home offices to even bathrooms and laundry space. The sky is the limit to how you can utilize under stair space and we have collected numerous ideas to help give you some inspiration. In the hallway, a logical choice might be to fit a wardrobe there. It would be perfect for seasonal clothing, footwear, hat, mitts and gloves. The wardrobe can have open shelves or cabinets with doors for a cleaner aesthetic. You could also put a compact bench or a chair with a small table there. Have a lot of books and don’t know where to store them? Your stairs are perfect place to put them in. Staircases can look incredible on their own, but add a functional bookcase to create a unique statement piece. Use your staircase as drawers to store clutter or seasonal clothing. Even bicycles can be stored under the stairs! Have a look at our gallery and you will definitely be blown away by some of the unique and creative ideas you can use in your own home.
If you are seeking further under stairs storage inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on Amazing space-saving kitchens under the stairs.
Deep drawers tucked under treads provide storage for pet supplies and other sundries. Built just like an old furniture piece, the boxes glide on wood guides and are faced with angled fronts that fool the eye.
Full-size closets can often be squeezed beneath straight-run staircases if there isn’t another staircase beneath it. But for L-shape, or return, stairways, there isn’t enough height for a closet. Rather than leave it unused, carve out the space beneath the landing for drawers to store sporting gear and shoes in an entryway.
Under the staircase is a closet, which houses the cat pan and food bowl… hidden from guests and the curious dog. A special entrance was created for the cats to access their area.
Built in drawers for storage under the stairs includes a cat litter box enclosure.
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Interior design fashions change and there was a point when roman shades were perhaps considered a bit old-fashioned, but that is certainly not the case right now.
Versatility is probably one of the main reasons for the revival of roman blinds as they can be used to effortlessly blend into your home surroundings by offering you a choice of mood-creating looks such as bright and colorful or provide you with a more ethereal background.
The beauty of roman shades is in their simplicity. They are made from a flat piece of material of your choice that can be folded up accordion style using a cord which lowers and raises the blind to the desired height.
You can use roman blinds to provide an element of light control in your room by lowering them down over the window and you can even gain a level of control over the temperature in your room if you choose to use an insulating fabric for your blind.
You should not just think of your roman blind as a way of controlling light and temperature because they also have the ability to bring an element of grace and style to your window dressing and the overall look and feel of your room. Simply raise the blind to the desired height and the decorative fabric instantly provides a graceful look that adorns your windows.
There are several distinct types of roman blinds to choose from:
When you choose classic blinds like the ready made roman blinds from Super Blinds Mart, you are getting blinds that will look great over most windows and are made of fabric panels that are horizontally seamed at intervals of about 8-10 inches.
These pleating allows the blind to stack more neatly and gives the blind a more structured and tailored look than if you used one continuous roll of material without the pleats. Classic blinds look great in any environment or style so they will be equally attractive in a rustic farmhouse setting as they will in an urban apartment.
If you want to add an element of style and dimension to your decor then classic roman blinds are good solution to your interior design needs when it comes to dressing your window.
Flat roman blinds
If your room or style is more suited to big and bold patterns and designs then you may well want to consider choosing flat roman blinds for your window.
These blinds are made from one continuous piece of fabric and are hung flat directly in front of your window. Bold patterns and designs work much better without the horizontal seams that you get with classic blinds and flat roman blinds offer you a style that is simple and casual.
Relaxed roman shades
If you are looking for a style and design that encapsulates the look and feel of casual chic then relaxed roman shades would be the perfect choice.
These blinds are often used in less formal areas like a breakfast area or a family room as they have the ability to create a relaxed atmosphere with their soft finish.
The feature of a relaxed roman shade is that when it is raised the center of the shade bows down slightly as the sides are gently lifted up, creating a gentle fold that is pleasing on the eye.
Hobbled roman shade
If you are looking for a design statement from your blinds then a hobbled roman shade will be just perfect in this respect.
The feature of a hobbled shade is you get soft cascading folds of fabric that look stunning in the bedroom or dining room in particular. When you raise the blinds they stack into neat folds which instantly creates a more traditional and tailored style.
Whichever style of blind you choose for your home, you are sure to find the right type to make a design statement and change the look and feel of your room in an instant.
The opinions and views expressed in this story are not our own but that of the guest contributor to this post — William Dawson has decorated several homes in his long lifetime. Now retired, he enjoys writing about home decorating and improvement on the internet.
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Designing a reading nook in your home can be the perfect way to transform an awkward or unused space into a wonderfully cozy reading nook to curl up in. Every home should be enriched by a bookcase and if you have a passion for books, then creating the perfect reading nook to compliment would be a great escape to relax and unwind. If you are seeking some inspiration we have found some inviting reading nooks in varying styles. Some of them are built underneath a staircase or on a stair landing, in a closet, built into a wall space or next to a window. Some feature stylish and cozy armchairs to curl up in, or even small nooks with curtains that dedicate a secluded space for reading. We even have examples of reading corners which were improvised on the windowsill. If you need further inspiration, be sure to have a look at our past article, Incredibly cozy and inspiring window seat ideas. Enjoy the photos and be sure to leave a comment as to which one is your favorite!
In the evening, your reading nook needs to have warm and inviting light, as well as the option for a brighter light source. Floor lamps, wall sconces and table lamps are ideal next to your reading nook seating.
Curtains add privacy to your reading nook. Don’t forget to add some decorative touches that will make the space special to you. Add photographs, flowers and a side table for resting items beside your seating area. Lot’s of throw pillows makes your space cozy, don’t forget a throw in case you get chilly on a cool winter’s day or night!
The unused space beneath the stairs is the ideal spot to create a cozy reading area.
Even if you don’t have a designated reading nook, you can create one by adding a chair, side table, and an ottoman to any corner in your house. Just accessorize with art, a floor lamp, and a throw.
An awkward corner space on the porch has been turned into a comfortable spot to read a book by installing a built-in daybed. You can find their tutorial here.
You could not ask for a more perfect spot to read a book than one with an amazing view!
In this room, a recessed area covered in beadboard and an eclectic mix of pillows makes a cozy spot for reading.
A small closet has been transformed into a fabulous reading spot complete with bookshelves, storage and lighting.
The quieter your reading area can be, the likelier you are to want to use it on an ongoing basis. If you have space to have multiple reading nooks, in your bedroom, living area and off of the den your family members won’t all have to fight over yours!
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Those passionate about great design features around the home will appreciate the texture and look of using glass in your home. It is a wonderful material that is able to balance as well as contrast other pieces, and also has a way of playing with both natural and artificial lighting. If you want to discover a bit more about the various ways of using glass, read on and find out how you could incorporate it within your own home. You are sure to end up with a beautifully modern interior.
The best place to start is from the outside looking in – this is something done through the means of windows. There are many shapes and sizes available within the marketplace, but those that are the most memorable are the ones that are slightly different from the rest. For example, these shaped windows (from Vevo Windows) really add an extra edge to what would otherwise be a regular doorframe. Other great ideas include windows that straddle two floors of the house, or take up almost an entire wall.
Assuming you do not have small children in the house, a glass staircase could add the fairy tale touch to your abode. These look really futuristic, and immediately give the effect of wealth and success due to their appearance in celebrity pads. Not only that, but they help to create a feeling of a more open space, something that cannot often be achieved with a regular staircase.
Another way to use glass within the home is as a partition between rooms. This can be an effective way at maintaining the level of natural light, without using a full wall or opaque material. There are many options available here as you can choose clear glass, or opt for something that has a frosted appearance or other type of texture.
Of course, glass doesn’t just need to be used for the basic elements of the home, as it can also be used to good effect in the form of decoration. One of the most striking ways to achieve this is through sculptures, which are generally mounted on top of a glossy piece of granite or similar stone. There are also freestanding sculptures that you can look for if you prefer something less bulky.
You can also seek out certain pieces of furniture that are created with the medium of glass. Popular examples include coffee tables, dining tables and even certain chairs. Many of these items are often made in conjunction with metal to really bring the effect of minimalism to the forefront of design. There are of course many pieces in the market meaning there should be something to suit your budget.
Finally, it is likely that you will have seen many conservatories in the past, but some simply stand out from the rest. Those that are able to use glass to the best effect often look more impressive than their basic counterparts, and also make them more ideal for the perfect suntrap.
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Refreshing in its simplicity, rustic style highlights natural beauty and a rugged, resilient spirit as reflected in these rustic living room designs with organic textures and shapes, and natural warmth. Rustic style can be very varied and interesting and it is a very popular interior style that fits with people who want a unique, handmade quality that is timeless in design. Rustic interiors fit with other styles from minimalist to coastal and can be very romantic and charming. Rustic style attracts people who appreciate traditional values and are looking for high quality furniture that has great functionality. This style is perfect not only for country house but also for modern apartments because it makes any space extremely cozy.
Rustic living rooms are full of charm and warmth, as a great space for entertaining and spending time with family, a rustic fireplace would be a perfect focal point. It can be decorated with rough stone or even with rough wood! Natural wooden floors and soaring ceilings decorated with old wooden beams are the best start for a rustic room. Then choose furniture and accessories according to your taste and the style that you want to combine with rustic. Rustic style can be masculine or feminine, minimalist and shabby chic, hunter’s retreat style and coastal – enjoy the gallery below and feel inspired by the various ways you can style your rustic living room! If you are seeking more inspiration, be sure to check out some of our past articles on rustic inspiration, such as 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms and 38 Unbelievable barn style bedroom design ideas.
To see the rest of this home: Rustic retreat with an industrial edge in Big Sky
Rough-Hewn Beams: For many of us, this element is the first thing that comes to mind when we think “rustic.” Not only do rough-hewn beams help to define a space architecturally, they can instantly anchor it in rustic territory, especially if they’re left rough and unpolished. Use beams to frame ceilings and delineate doorways, to surround fireplaces and windows, or even to line walls. You can also incorporate rounded logs if you choose, which lends cabin charm.
Organic Forms: Too many mass-produced or overly tailored pieces dilute a room’s rustic style. Instead, choose furnishings and objects with strong, slightly rough profiles, such as the basket shown in the fireplace.
To see the rest of this home: Inviting Spanish Revival bungalow in San Anselmo
Use Barn-Inspired Elements: Not only are sliding barn doors, Dutch doors and other details borrowed from outbuildings ultra-functional, they feel apt and appropriate with rustic style.
To see the rest of this home: Rustic-modern ski house in Big Sky
To see the rest of this home: Contemporary mountain home with vintage-rustic details
To see the rest of this home: Rustic eclectic farmhouse in the Sonoran Desert
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Stone wall bathrooms add texture, color and pattern with a modern rustic appeal that is very natural and eco-friendly yet luxurious at the same time. Stone is a great material for to design your bathroom with, it is long-lasting and easy to find. There are a variety of finishes that can be applied to dimension stone to achieve diverse architectural and aesthetic effects. These finishes include, but are not limited to polished and honed finishes, and more textured finishes such as bush-hammered, sandblasted, and thermal. There are many ideas on how to apply stone into your bathroom design scheme, such as a floor to ceiling accent wall, stone flooring, stone countertops, stone showers, a stone wall above a built-in bathtub, the options are limitless. Stone bathtubs look amazing and warm, and so do the washbasins. Rough stone creates a rustic atmosphere with a natural twist and sleek stone adds luxury and elegance.
We have put together a collection of striking bathrooms below that feature natural stone walls that will help you get started on a new bathroom or renovating an existing one. If you are looking for further inspiration, be sure to check out some of our other bathroom collections, such as 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces and 51 Insanely beautiful rustic barn bathrooms.
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Your home is your castle. You love it. But, it needs more – more light. What do you do? How do you kick things up a notch? Well, fortunately, there’s more than one solution to this problem, but it requires that you first make a plan.
Whip out your pen and a pad of paper. Go around the house and start taking notes. The first thing you want to start jotting down is how the space will be used. Think about all of the possible uses for every room in the home. Your lounge, for example, might double up as a study or an office. Your kids might need to do their homework or practise musical instruments in this room.
If you have a spare bedroom, can it also be used as an arts and crafts room – for sewing and knitting? Write down what’s on display in every room. Do you have any specific picture or plant that you want to highlight in any of these rooms? Write all of this down as it’s going to determine the type of accent lighting you’ll use. Also, who uses the rooms in your house?
That makes a difference in lighting too. A 70-year-old requires more than 15 times as much light for reading as a 10-year-old.
How To make Your Plan
Now for the fun part. Get out a piece of graph paper, it’s time to draw your plan. Mark immovable fixtures, like fireplaces, alcoves, and doors and windows. These will have to remain where they are unless you plan on doing some serious remodelling. Then, everything is on the table.
Next, mark which way people are likely to be facing in the room – use arrows. For example, if you’re marking up the T.V. room, use arrows to indicate where people will likely be sitting and which way they will be facing (i.e. towards the T.V. set).
Mark the existing sockets. In most homes, there aren’t enough of these. That can result in dangerously overloaded plugs. Now, work out where the light switches should be. Think logically about this. When you walk into a dark room, where do you want the switch to be, if there isn’t one there already? It’s really frustrating to walk into a room without a switch – feeling around in the dark for a switch that’s not there.
Mark down where you’ll place large furniture sections, like sofas and beds. Now, think about how you’re going to change a bulb. If you live in a house with really high ceilings, or you live in a loft-style apartment, how will you get to that light that’s 20 ft in the air?
You might have to shop around for devices that can help you reach bulbs in odd locations – or you might have to set up auxiliary lighting. Companies, such as John Lewis, sell all manner of lighting fixtures, so you can complement a hard-to-reach light if it ever goes out.
What About Circuits?
Do you want to be able to turn out all of the lights in a room with a single switch? This is pretty handy, but it also requires special circuits and electrical outlets. What about dimmer switches? Would you like to dim the lights in the evening without shutting them all the way off? Ideally, you should fit several circuits in each room. Each one should have a dimmer and no more than two lights in each one. Finally, avoid putting more than three switches on a panel or you might forget what all of them are used for.
The opinions and views expressed in this story are not our own but that of the guest contributor to this post — Ruby Richards is a self-admitted home improvement fanatic of many years. When she’s not renovating and decorating, she’s writing all about it on a variety of websites.
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Many modern homes and apartments are designed and laid out almost exactly like the neighbor on either side. Giving your living space a personalized and luxurious appeal is often a daunting and expensive undertaking. Its even more difficult and financially straining when you’re a college student, recent grad, or just on a tight budget. No one aspires to have a mattress on the floor with bare walls, standard features, and dim lighting. Most people want the insides of their homes to be inviting, comfortable, and stylish, but few have the funds or vision to achieve it. Fortunately, a space that looks and feels luxurious without breaking the bank can be easily attained; you just have to shop in the right places and know when and what to do yourself.
Get to Painting
Painting is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to spruce up any room, though deciding on a color can be tough. Keep in mind what sort of environment you’ll want to create to complement your activities. For example, your bedroom walls will benefit from the peaceful, calming nature of blues and greens, while your office may profit from yellow’s energy and pensiveness. Opt for a neutral tone or a shade of off-white for the most versatility, and offset by accent furniture and decoration pieces.
Add Crown Molding to Corners
Many homes and apartments lack any detailing that tie together the points where the walls meet the ceiling, leaving the rooms with an unfinished look. Crown molding is a great way to give any space an elegant touch; the wider the trim, the fancier the area will look. The materials can be purchased at any home-repair store and installed yourself in less than a weekend.
Buy Refurbished/Renovated Vintage Furniture
Expensive furniture can be thought of as an investment since it will probably be following you from home to home over the years. Unfortunately, when you buy cheap, your room will look cheap. Buying replacements for particle boarded dressers will end up costing you more in the long run. High-end looking, well-constructed pieces can be found at affordable prices at flea markets and secondhand stores. Even beat-up and unfinished pieces with dents and chipped paint can be sanded and repainted or stained and finished with new hardware at a relatively low cost. Before spending your whole paycheck on a new bedframe or taking a trip to Ikea, shop around at local consignment shops or Salvation Army.
Keep Fresh, Clean Bedding and Upholstery
One of the simplest ways to make your living spaces look, feel, and smell luxurious is by maintaining the cleanliness and organization of your bedding and upholstery. Neatly made beds and sofas with properly fluffed and placed pillows make a room look more inviting and appealing. Look for sales for high quality and comfortable products that won’t break the bank. Always have at least one extra pair of sheets and linens—even if you need to spend like a college student and buy dorm bedding (here).
Don’t Forget the Throw Pillows and Blankets
Matching pillows and blankets are must-have accessories for any sofa, loveseat or lounge chair. Look for department store sales on high quality materials that will provide comfort for years to come. Mix and match sizes (overstuffed are better) and colors to match your furniture, walls, and carpeting to tie the room together and give your space a cozy draw. Don’t be afraid to experiment with patterns to provide a new dynamism.
Swap out Hardware Finishes
Most homes and apartments come with standard hardware finishes, meaning cabinet knobs, door handles and sink fixtures. Instead of simply settling for what was originally provided, opt for unique fixtures to add bold statements to the blandness of cabinets and doors. Look for vintage and artisan knobs and hinges for cabinets and door. Additionally, consider switching out your kitchen and bathroom faucets for something to match your personality and budget.
Switch Up Lighting
Lighting is much like hardware finishes, as they are often quite bland and standard among homes or apartments of the same build. To give your space a more luxurious feel, swap out your boring chandeliers and ceiling fans for a unique, designer piece. Flea markets, consignment shops, and online wholesalers are good places to look for expensive-looking lighting for wallet-friendly prices.
Get Creative with Mirrors
Strategically placing the right shaped and sized mirrors throughout your home is an easy way to make a room look bigger, brighter, and more sophisticated. Giving old mirrors new life with a few DIY techniques will put your creativeness to the test and keep more bills in your wallet! Grab a glasscutter here and start shaping your new room. Framing mirrors instead of pictures is also a great way to give an artsy and room-widening look to a small room or apartment.
Make Your Home Blossom with Plants and Flowers
Fresh flowers, houseplants, cacti, and succulents are an easy and eco-conscious way to add a luxurious feel to a room. Not only do they give a degree of freshness and brightness to the room, but they also increase oxygen levels and improve your breathing. Bamboo is a low-maintenance and inexpensive plant that can grow directly in water to evoke a spa-like atmosphere. Fresh flowers not only look elegant, but also give a room a garden-fresh aroma.
With these tips, a small budget, and grand vision, you can turn any room–big or small–into a sophisticated space fit for a queen, regardless of how your home looks from the outside. After shopping for deals, buying secondhand, and putting your DIY skills to the test, you’ll be on your way to creating the luxurious space you deserve.
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Designing secret doorways that leads into hidden rooms and passageways in your home can be an exciting new design concept to introduce into your home. These doors can look like clean walls but they lead to hidden rooms such as a vault, reading nook, children’s playroom, home library, home office, gun vault, etc. These hidden doors can also turn into secret corridors or halls that connect the house’s interior with the backyard. But these corridors have another history being as old as the architecture is.
We have gathered together for you a large collection of hidden door ideas in order to help you create the perfect design for your home. In short, hidden passageways and secret rooms in your house are cool. Here is a gallery of 57 awesome secret doorways that leads into hidden rooms built into various spaces throughout the home. Don’t be surprised if you see behind a classic mirror a vault or behind the bookshelves a secret passageway.
The first bookcase on the lower level adjacent to the circular staircase is a hidden door that leads to the master suite, allowing the client to stay close to his books. “This room is all new,” states the designer, “but the materials selected gave it an aged appearance,” and the furniture doesn’t compete with architecture.”
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