Monday, February 7, 2011

Design Tip of the Week (2.7.11): Fill up some wall space

Do you have an empty wall, some pictures stuffed away in a box, and some time? Create a PICTURE COLLAGE! Its fun, its creative, and it gives your house guests something to stop and gander at. TIP: Hallways are a great place for picture collages; they usually need some love and nobody really spends much time there.

There are some tips for creating a tasteful collage, but generally, you really can be as creative as you want to be. Mainly, think outside the box and don't get weighed down by precision.

*Pick one thing that will be your unifying element. For example, you may want to use the same color matting or the same type of frame but in various sizes.

*If you have a hint of OCD lurking inside you, you may want to measure the distance between your frames. Two inches is a good rule of thumb for tighter collages without losing complete wall view.

*VERY IMPORTANT- think through your hanging pattern and lay it out on the floor BEFORE you start putting holes in the wall.

*Find your center and work off that picture. You will need a visual anchor, so start from the center and build around it.

*Use a level if you are doing uniform, parallel rows of pictures.

*A fun alternative to pictures are postcards.

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