Post # 1
We have blank walls, except for my fiance’s office where he has some baseball stuff on the walls. I have no idea what we’re supposed to put on the walls. We don’t like big pictures of ourselves because we think that’s weird. I have a print of a painting that’s framed but where do I put it? How do you figure out what goes on the walls? Any tips to get started?
Also we have this little weird space at the bottom of the windows in the living room…it’s shaped like a trapezoid and is about a foot off the floor. The windows are sort of like a bay but they’re not rounded. And it’s pretty small — like maybe four feet across. I tried to put a few vases with colored things in them on it, but it looks stupid. I need help!!!!
Post # 3
My Fiance and I are art affictionados–we have art on EVERY wall!
We put a lot of thought into what goes where– we have a painting of a couple embracing above our bed, an artistic shot of where my Fiance was living when we started dating on the opposite wall.
We have a 5-piece art set by Chen–the Statue of Liberty is in our beedroom (we love NYC) Two of China are in FI’s office (since CHina is all about business), and Parliament and Notre Dame are above our TV, since we want to visit those places some day. We also have a HUGE Krasniansky in our hallway (EVERYONE stops to admire it!)
And my favorite– we have a HUGE (4 feet long!) collage of our lives before meeting. On the left progressing right are his pictures from childhood through his best friend’s wedding before we met, on the right moving left is my childhood through college, and in the middle is pictures of us when we first started dating!
Just find things that are meaningful to you, and it will all work itself out!
Post # 4
I feel like hiring someone to do it for me. I don’t know what looks good. Like how do you know that a painting will look good with another? And what should I do with this stupid space?
Post # 5
You could hit pinterest, they have tons and tons of layouts for pictures. We are in the middle of doing the long wall that goes from dinning room thru tv room to front door. There’s a bunch of doors and the tv on that wall. On the wall next to the front door (on another long wall) we put up our first portrait’s when we were babies, just worked out we have the same pose at the same age. Anyway on that long wall we just found family pictures, still picking those out, but we have a block of 10 and we are going to put all our nieces and nephews in that block (we have 14).
The rest of the artwork is inherited or gifts (mirror).
Post # 6
In my living room I have a ‘theme’ I love birds, ravens, owls so my living room has artwork of such and one canvas of Fiance, myself and my girls. I usually keep pictures of us, family and such for hallways but it’s a nice canvas so I put it over our big couch. In my office I have pictures I’ve taken (I’m a photographer) of landscapes and camera artwork. Our kitchen is ‘themed’ as well with pears so pear artwork. The office is the only place things are structures and I measured and lined things up since I view it as a gallery. Other places I just go woth what looks good. Just get some commamd strips and play around with things!
ETA could you use that little area for books or storage? Maybe if Fiance or you are handy you could make doors for it?
Post # 7
So what do you put up other than family pictures? Photographs…art? I just don’t get it. I own this print:
But it’s too heavy for the thingies that you hang pictures with, those plastic things. So I can’t hang it up. What do I do with it? Also what goes with it? How do I figure it out?
Post # 8
@ShutterbugCait: I think it should be decorated. Like with things. I just don’t know how. I have a bookcase that looks stupid, too, and we have boxes all over because we don’t have any place to put things. I HATE IT. Our house is ugly and I feel like it’s my fault because I suck at this stuff. But like…where do I put things like…a box of clothes he won’t throw away? A box of books I don’t want and can’t use at school? Shoes that I will wear one day but I don’t wear? It’s all in the garage or just behind the couch, but UGH what do I do with it???
I want to throw everything away but then I know I’ll need something. It’s so stupid.
Post # 9
@peachacid: where do yo live, I live for home decorating haha!
For your small space (the trapezoid) you absolutely cannot go wrong with books, Use this an inspiration, you can ditch the doily thing and the flowers if you want, but get a small collection of random books together, without dust jackets and line them up horizontal or vertical.
* def ditch the dolly, it’s kind of farty.
Books are good for filler space.
In terms of your walls, If you love it, it’s all that matters, look at pictures , buy magazine home decor ones like “LIVING” by Ms. Martha Stewart for inspiration. If you can’t come up with anything on your own at first, find something you love in the mag and just copy it! to the T. This will help you develop your sense of style for decor, and everything will fall into line.
As time goes on, and as long as you purchase things you love, your style will evolve and work out. You may be an eclectic mix of many styles, or find that you are attracted to one. As in anything it takes time to get things just the way you like them. If you have a friend whos into decor than enlist their help too.
I am romantic mixed with a strong infinity to function over form. I love a clean line, and a well made item, mixed in with whimsical things I love. I tend to model my house style after friends houses I felt comfortable in as a child. This translated to me danish modern classic with a Romantic feel. I found myself attracted to earth tones, particularly blue and brown with green thrown in. This is evident throughtout my whole house. If you aren’t into a “Color” then just make sure one color is a staple thorugh out the whole house, no matter what other colors you use. If you have a particular green in the living room, make sure there is a touch of the same exact shade in every room, that establishes a flow…
Post # 10
I have never put so much thought into putting pictures on the wall LOL. My man and I paint so we paint a pic then put it up. I think maybe you are over thinking to much. Find something you like and experiment with it. Get your man to hold it up then see if you like the position. I love the book idea x
Post # 11
Just saw you have a bookcase, these are FUN to decorate, things you don’t need like shoes, or clothes he won’t throw away, you must store. Buy a bin, throw them under the bed, or basment. If he doesn’t miss those clothes after a year hunny, throw them out!
You have to transition wardrobes from spring/summer to fall/winter. Have a flat bin with a lid to throw shoes into for the season and switch them out with currant season shoes.
And those unused books, look under the dust jackets and pull out ones that you can use to pile. Even if oyu don’t need them, books look so much cooler w/out a dust jacket and you can fill your bookcase with this.
Build shelves…and line them with the books. NO JACKETS. Add something small and decorative that you like, get some cool bookends. Simple and looks well put together.
also think outside the box, use an old dresser in your living room and throw a mirror above it, and use it for storage. Anything that is symetrical looks neat. Things in rows of three, never even numbers look really cool as long as they are all the same color. Rows of random things in different colors=CLUTER.
The more storage you can create for yourself the better. We don’t have any pictures of our family. None of us, none on the wall. It’s just not us, and I hate posed pictures. I liteally have one crazy painting that is of some place in Nova Scotia that looks cool and fits so well with our living room. We have an old fireplace mantel mounted above the TV. A bookcase turned on it’s side full of random but cool items, my favorite being relics from my childhood and relics from his great aunts house. I have one single wooden horse that is just soo cool and serves no purpose but to look cool on a bookcase. this is what I mean.
Post # 12
Paintings do not have to go with one another. You don`t need a theme or a color palette. The things on your walls should be things that you love. You are going to see them everyday.
We have a mix of original paintings- oil, and watercolor, prints, photographs etc all through our home.
There are guidelines for hanging pics- the center of the pic at eye level etc, but you can find these anywhere on line.
Do you have a bathroom scale at home? You can find the weight of your painting by holding it while you weigh yourself. Then subtract your weight. The difference is the weight of the painting. You can picture hangers for all weights at the big box home stores, Wal Mart etc. The packaging will say what weight the hanger can support.
Post # 13
Here is a picture of what I did for this past thanksgiving, I hate the leaves over the mirror in the corner but I needed to work in orange and well it is what it is. the milk jug in the center I bought at target a million years ago, and oyu have no idea how much I use to to just stuff branches that I cut from outside in.
If you read alot of decor mags you will see that certain things are just there for the purpose of decor, like you will see that jug in many different forms in many different magazines. It’s a staple and it works, or silver vases, and candle sticks and votives. These make a big impact with little effort.
Post # 14
When we first moved I did my best to put everything away but there were boxes filled with stuff I just had no idea about. We have a guest room and it became where those boxes went. It took awhile to figure things out and I’m still discovering my style and play around with things. If you showed me my living room to me a year ago I wouldn’t believe it was mine. Don’t put pressure on yourself, look through magazines, pinterest and find what you like. Hit up craigslist and thrift stores for pieces of furniture. You can find good pieces but not break the bank in case they aren’t really your ‘style’ as you go. Just stack those boxes neatly in the garage until you’re ready to deal with them. That picture has lots of pretty colors in it and other artwork doesn’t have to ‘match’ it. It’s your house make it your own. Do you have any interests? If it’s a bigger picture and you really like it, make it a focal point. Over a sofa, over a fireplace, on a wall by itself. Have your Fiance hold it up and let you picture there until you find where you want it. Plus you can change your mind, nail holes are easy to cover. Also check around your area to see if there are any craft shows, you can find one of a kind prints, knick knacks and maybe find the perfect thing for that space. Just take it easy and go little by little. This is our second house together and our first looked so bare because I was still figuring things out. 🙂
Post # 15
I love thrift stores for home stuff, more than love actually. You can really play around this way, becuase you are not spending a huge amount on an experiment, and if it works out perfect!
My first apartment had tapestrys and african and asian influences( think daishikis and kimonos on the wall, with conga drums and beaded curtains). nag champa incense met you on the way in…that is not who I am these days but I remember fondly, it takes time to figure it out.
Post # 16
I get my inspiration mainly from Pinterest, and catalogs that fit my style. I like looking through Pottery Barn, LL Bean, and occasionally Ikea to get ideas.
I’m not a very artistic person so I need all the inspiration I can get!
A good way to dress up a large blank wall is a gallery like this… you can use anything from family photos, to paintings, to abstract photography… anything!
For more inspiration, browse around decor stores with styles you like. If you like rustic, vintage looks, visit an antique store. If you like modern decor, visit an Ikea or a Crate and Barrel. If you like traditional classic looks, visit Pottery Barn. Something will catch your eye sooner or later! And if you’re on a tighter budget (I know some of those stores are expensive) at least then you have a better idea of what you like and you can shop around for lower-priced decor that’s still the same style.