If a room in your house lacks character, by simply placing some fine
prints on the walls can actually make quite an impact. Wall pictures
are a necessary accessory in your home and are great to tie in with
the room's style and color accent. Before you go off to buy some new
pictures for your walls there are a few things you need to plan and
decide upon. Here is a quick guide on how to decorate your space with
Shop for Wall Art by Room
The kind of home you have and the mood, ambience and style of decor
create, should be perfectly designed to suit your lifestyle. Deciding
on a style for your room should be determined by the lifestyle you
and not by what's the latest interior design trend.
Whichever room you are wanting to decorate, whether it be your
living area, kitchen or office space, you need to decide what you want
to get out of that space. For example,
· do you want to hold dinner parties or entertain?
· do you want a quiet retreat to get away from the hustle and bustle?
· Is this an area for the kids to play in?
· Is this a room for your hobby?
Once you have decided what you want to use the room for, you can now
choose a color theme to suit the function of the room. For example,
mellow greens and neutrals for your 'quiet retreat room', lively
for the kids room, or pale tranquil blue for your office space.
So far we have established the function and color of the room in
this then gives us the basis on choosing the right art prints for the
· bright colorful cartoon pictures for the kids room
· mellow pastel floral
pictures for your quiet retreat area, or
· tranquil landscape
and scenic pictures for your office space
Choose your Style
Like paint color, artwork can immediately establish or change a room's
Not only can it pull the room together, but you can use it to create a
style uniquely your own.
· traditional & classic
· fun & entertaining
The style of the room is totally dependent on your own personal taste
this is the time when you can inject your own personality into the
through artwork and textured accessories.
Suggested art picture styles:
Fun & Entertaining: Pictures can include bright colors both
in the print
and on the frame. Fun and entertaining pictures can include kittens
puppies, or comedian actors such as the Three Stooges or Laurel &
Modern: With the strong black accents in the framed iron-work
tapestries, striking black and white photos are a natural choice for a
modern and sophisticated look.
Calm Retreat: To reinforce the mood of a nestled, cozy retreat,
with neutral, earthy colors and a horizontal
You can even mix and match different styles to create a unique style
your own. For example, frame traditional black and white photo prints
modern black iron frame.
Arranging and Hanging your Pictures
In order to get the maximum effect of your wall pictures in terms of
character and a focal point to the room, you need to decide where and
want to hang them.
Here are some suggestions to help you decide how to get the best
from your pictures:-
Modern Gallery Look: To create a modern art gallery feel,
in hallways, lobbies and stairwells, give each piece ample breathing
Stand at the center of the first piece and take one swift, or two
steps along the wall. This is a good center for the next piece.
Above a Sofa: When placing art above furniture such as a sofa,
you need to
hang the picture about six to nine inches above the sofa, or at eye
Cluster Arrangements: Tightly group an odd number of pictures
give a statement or a focal point. This works on either large or small
spaces, depending on the look you want.
In a row: By placing an odd number of pictures in a horizontal
line to each
other gives balance and the sense of space. This works well in
By deciding where and how to hang your pictures, whether it be a tight
or a single print above a sofa, you can then determine the size and
the pictures you need to buy.
When you have decided on the room's function, color and style, you are
in a much
better position to go shopping for wall pictures that fit in with the
Wall pictures are an underestimated interior design accessory. This is
because most people do not know what to do with their pictures in
order to get
the maximum effect in a room. Before you go hanging up your pictures
you plan ahead what you want to get out of that room. Decide on the
style and color of the room first before you buy your artwork. By
doing this you
are in a much better position to buy the right type of art picture to
fit in with
the theme and color accent of your room.