Post # 1
You all are so great for life advice that I keep coming back! Anyway, SO just moved to a house on the state park where he works as a park ranger. We spent lots of blood, sweat, and tears painting practically every room in that house, love the outcome, but have realized that the walls looks extremely bare and lifeless. Please show me examples of artwork and other wall decorations that you like in your apartments and houses! We have big spaces in the living room, small spaces in the bathrooms and entryway, and bedroom walls to adorn. A couple of notes if this helps:
1) The couches in the living are forest green, so we’re using that as the accent color and designing around them.
2) We have a lot of neutral, desert-type colors on the walls (light sandstone in the living room, light reddish-brown in the bedrooms, and off-white in bathrooms).
3) We’re already fans of nature scenes, and I like nature-type photography. I was thinking of getting one of my photos of a wolf puppy (I helped raise a few over the summer, long story) printed and framed. We just don’t want anything cheesy or cliche.
4) SO likes the idea of a rectangular mirror along one of the big living room walls to make the space look bigger, so I would love to see some examples if possible.
Post away! Paintings, prints, photos, mirrors, textures, and more! I want to see it all! Thank you kindly!
Post # 2
SilvanArrow: Well, I’m NO help! Lol! My preference is: industrial chic, mid century modern, modern, and anything around the date our house was built: 1941. I haven’t put anything on the walls yet because I’m afraid of them! They’re plaster so I’m still trying to figure out how to hang stuff without ruining the wall. I like numbers and letters. I want to get both our initials and put them above our nightstands possibly. I actually bought a similar arrow and it has 510 on it, our wedding date. I also want something representative of the town we live in. A painting of an historical building where we were married etc.
If I did nature like you, I’d be more apt to frame some botanical prints or maybe photos very close up of flowers – love that graphic look!
Post # 3
SilvanArrow: Do you like to travel? My husband and I like to buy art when we are traveling. That way, we can fill up our home with meaningful things that remind us of our vacations. Its a slow process, but we love it! I highly recommend getting things professionally framed as well – you can customize it exactly how you want and it looks so much better than doing it yourself. Its pricey, but we only do it for our favorite art pieces.
Also, I am an amateur photographer, so I also have some metal prints (unframed, floating wall hangings) I made of some of my favorite pics.
I really like floating shelves to add some visual interest too. These are from PB, but I have similar ones at my house. Same with the mirror – I loved it so much at PB that I bought it and put it in a very similar setup in my place.
Post # 4
- Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern
RedHeadKel: I love your style! We’re in an older house with plaster walls as well (1910). We we’re able to find studs in a few places and put in anchors in a few spots.
SilvanArrow: we like big vibrant pieces. This is our bedroom:
Post # 5
RedHeadKel: The arrows are a really cute idea! I’m not usually one for letters, but I love how you’ve incorporated pieces that have sentimental value related to your wedding date and hometown.
LindyLu: SO and I have a whole bucket list of places we want to go, so I will make a point that we have to get artwork when we go on vacations. I love getting souvenirs that remind me of fun times, and if that souvenir just so happens to have practical use, then that’s even better. Also, I LOVE that mirror! I’m so glad to see an example of a gorgeous mirror as wall decor! And I hadn’t even considered floating shelves. I’ll keep that in mind!
FreshBakedPi: Wow, that’s such a cool painting! That style may be a little too modern for SO’s tastes, but I really like the use of a big piece to make a statement.
Keep ’em coming, ladies! This is really helpful!
Post # 6
FreshBakedPi: Yes, I remember some pix you posted of some industrial chic finds!! Loved em! And I could totally do something big and bold like you did. Did you use a stud finder? And do you mean you put those mollies in just the plaster, not a stud? I’d be so afraid of that. I really need to bite the bullet and put some stuff up. And if I mess up the wall, I’ll just hire a guy to fix it for me. Haha!
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2015 - Industrial/Modern
RedHeadKel: I used a dry wall screw into the studs. It didn’t hurt that the painting was so large… it made it pretty easy. Levelled everything etc. I used a stud finder yes.