Art can come across as fancy and intimidating. Sometimes you don’t even know where to begin. Here are 5 tips to get started and help you pick out some pieces you love! *Cost saving tip! Rip out pages from magazines or newspapers and frame them.
Color Scheme: To begin, determine if you have certain color preferences or a style you’re trying to stick to. Abstract, modern, classic, prints, landscape, etc.
Mix It Up: It’s OK to take some risks and mix high end and low end or oversize with small and vintage with new. Mix canvas with framed art or your kids artwork with a more mature print.
Lacking character? Art can fix this by elevating a space, adding meaning and personality. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box – this is an area of decorating where you can bend the rules a bit and have fun with it! It can be moved easily and isn’t so permanent as other pieces you already have in your home.
Art fits into any room: From the bedroom to the bathroom, art can be used anywhere.
Go BIG: Large art pieces can open up a space and make it feel bigger and can be a focal point for a room. Maybe a big piece above your bed or couch.
When it came time to re-decorate a wall in our bedroom/nursery, I knew wallpaper was the way to go without spending too much money (and putting more nail holes in the wall). Wallpaper can be EXPENSIVE but I found lots of affordable options on Carter and Main, Amazon and Walls Need Love. We wanted a print that was mature enough for adults but young enough for baby. We decided on a peel and stick wallpaper because we live in a rental and it will be easy (hopefully) to take down. We landed on a whimsical forest print and love the way it turned out! You would think with the bold and dark pattern it might make the room feel smaller, but it actually made it feel bigger. Wallpaper is also a safe way to decorate a wall where a crib is up against – there’s no heavy mirror or framed art that could fall on your little one.
Some Tips:Before ordering, measure your walls to see how much you’ll need. We got by with 4 rolls for 1 wall that measures 14 feet by 16 feet and had enough leftover to cover part of my closet. You could also use the leftovers in a drawer, cover the back of a bookshelf, or frame it for a piece or art.
Before & After
Below are some prints that might just be what you’re looking for to add some flavor to a room.
Mirrors bring a good energy to a room. They are great for many reasons, they reflect light, open up spaces, allow you to check if your hair looks good! But when it comes time to hanging one on the wall, there is a little bit of an art to it.
What Does The Mirror Reflect?
Mirrors are usually hung based on available wall space, but it’s important to think about what will be reflected in it. When hung opposite of a painting or piece of furniture, it will give that item even more importance—as it will if hung across form something unattractive. Hanging a mirror across from a window will increase the amount of light in the room. I also really love when a mirror reflects a pretty light fixture or chandelier.
Don’t be afraid to use a large mirror in a small space. Mirrors create the illusion of depth and space so they can really help a small room feel bigger. A full-length mirror leaning against the wall is a great decorative element to use in a tiny room. Mirrors are also great for narrow spots such as hallways.
Create A Focal Point
Mirrors make great focal points. It’s why they are often placed above mantels. Hang sconces on either side and you’ve got the perfect focal point in any room. If you really want to go all out, cover a wall entirely in mirrors for a wow effect!
A room or corner in your home has probably been put to use a lot more recently (if you’re working from home). That space can sometimes get overlooked and might not get styled like the rest of your home. Whether you have a full room or just a wall, you can carve out a work oasis anywhere. If you don’t know where to start, add greenery, fun artwork and a lamp to begin with!
I know some people are against mixing brown and black, but I think it gives an eclectic look and can prevent a room looking matchy. Mixing the pink chair with neutral pieces allows it to be the pop piece in the room without being too bold.
There are some movies I watch because it’s a great story and sometimes just because I like the setting. Maybe it’s filmed in a romantic city or town – or it’s that perfect house on a perfect tree lined street and it just sucks me right in and I start imagining myself living there. Do you do this?
Have you seen The Break Up? If you haven’t, it’s an anti-romantic comedy from 2006 and it was on TV the other day and I forgot how much I love this apartment! The couple (Jennifer Aniston & Vince Vaughn) share a condo in Chicago and one of their biggest fights is over who gets the apartment. And rightfully so because the apartment is worth fighting for. It’s vintage, cool, artsy, chic, clean, cozy, has amazing crown molding and I love it!
It seems like most people (including myself) now have a ficus lyrata in their home. Commonly known as the fiddle-leaf fig, native to western Africa and can grow up to 12–15 m tall! It brings the outside inside in a very minimal way and isn’t too overbearing of a plant. I think it can help liven up any room and make it feel happier!
Below is a round up of some of the best looking ones on the market right now!
Ok, so my mom has been searching for “what her style” is for some time now and I think we finally figured it out – French Country. This woman has touched every corner of her house with a paintbrush. I really think she could have her own book with all of the styles and themes she has designed over the course of her life. She decorated her bedroom like this about 16 years ago, and don’t get me wrong, it’s cool and definitely unique, but, it was time to update that sucker. It took us about 2 weeks from start to finish and it looks fabulous!
Total cost: $120.00 for 3 cans of paint. To keep our budget low we are working with what she has. Thankfully, she has some really unique and beautiful pieces that she’s acquired from estate & garage sales over time. This has made it easy to go shopping throughout the house or shed or trailer when we need something.
How cool is this painting of my dad when he was in high school! (although it didn’t make the final cut)
Christmas in July! There’s only 1 weekend left of the incredibly amazing/bad Hallmark movies. Break out your holiday jammies & get that hot cocoa ready because Santa is only in town 1 more weekend! Full schedule here.
Canopies! If you don’t have any shade around your pool or patio, this is a great option.