Do you ever see a gallery wall or a piece of art that just seems to “work” in a space? Although you might not realize it, there are some tried and true methods for hanging a cohesive gallery all, finding the right scale for art, and hanging a picture at just the right height.
Today I’m sharing 4 tips to help you hang your art better
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Size is important
You want to fill as much space on the wall when possible when hanging art. If you have a big wall, then you need big art (or a large collection of art). I totally get it, large art can be expensive but I promise you won’t regret sizing up.
If you’re having trouble finding art large enough for your space consider getting a photo or work of art matted in a large frame. Adding a mat will expand the dimensions of the frame while also displaying the original size of the art.
A second alternative to a single piece of art is to hang a gallery wall. A gallery wall can be scaled to the space and can incorporate a variety of smaller works of art to cover a large portion of the wall.
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From the moment we moved into our home, I knew I wanted to make updates to almost every room in the house. Over the course of the last 3 years I’ve worked on little things here and there, but I never really took on too many major projects. I wanted this year to be different — I wanted this year to be the year that I really made some big changes to the house.
I decided that transforming out master bathroom was a good project to start with. The builder grade cabiets were pretty strudy but I absolutely hated the color. I decided to paint the cabinets white and used the bright white as my design inspiration. I’m so happy that this first set of updates for the master bathroom are complete!
Although this bathroom is not my “dream bathroom” It’s definitely so much better than it was when we moved in! It’s amazing how a little paint and a few hardware changes can make such a difference!
Below are my tips for a quick and easy bathroom update.
1. Paint the Cabinets
Believe it or not, I’m usually not a big fan of white cabinets. But because I can’t change out the tile, I needed something that could really brighten up the space. My favorite white, Night Blooming Jasmine, did the trick! It’s a bright milky white that’s calming and inviting. It was the perfect color and it helped transform the room.
2. Change the Cabinet Hardware
I knew I wanted some contrast but I was really nervous to do dark hardware on the white cabinets. Thankfully the combination of the bin pulls with the acrylic handles gave me the exact look I was going for. I found both styles on Wayfair and I was excited to find acrylic handles that didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
3. Get Rid of Towel Bars
I strongly dislike towel bars and I just don’t think that they’re the best design decision for my home. I removed one towel bar completely and I replaced the other one with a towel ring. They take up less space and add a little contrast to the walls. Also, these Turkish towels look beautiful hanging on the ring.
4. Embrace Art
I love art. I’ve always loved art. I love creating art, I love looking at art and If I could fill every wall in my house with art, I would.
I decided that the big wall above the tub needed some art but right now I don’t have money in my budget to buy large and oversize art — so I improvised and made my own. I used leftover paint I had from other projects around the house and I love how it turned out. Although this art is temporary it definitely fills the space well and adds a little quirkiness to the bathroom.
5. Decant and Organize your Countertop
If you’ve never decanted items I would encourage you to give it a try. In this case I decanted my mouthwash and my daily vitamins. Both were sitting on my counter in distracting and colorful plastic containers. I purchased a cute glass storage container to house my vitamins and I poured my mouthwash into a glass bottle.
The decanted items are so much more aesthetically pleasing AND I can clearly see how much mouthwash I have left before I need to purchase another bottle.
With the exception of the mouthwash and my vitamins almost everything else was organized into the drawers and cabinets. I found a better way to organize the items that I use frequently and I tossed out all the items that I wasn’t using.
6. Upgrade Your Decor
I know that very few people will see the inside of my master bathroom but that doesn’t stop me from adding in cute details. I love feeling “at home” and happy in my home and sometimes that homey feeling comes from the small details.
The updates I made really transformed my space! In the coming months I’d love to replace the large builder mirror with two seperate mirrors and I’d also love to change out the lighting. But for now, I’m very pleased with the space!
inˈspī(ə)rd/ 1. of extraordinary quality, as if arising from some external creative impulse.
As I browsed the aisles of IKEA with my mother yesterday I couldn’t help but share with her how I’ve felt very inspired lately. She listens to me talk and I’m so very thankful for her. For me, when life shifts, my creative world seems to shift.
I was astonished to find that the beginning definition of the word, inspired, is nothing short of beautiful. It reads, “of extraordinary quality”…. I’ll type that again, “of extraordinary quality”. That makes me realize that all those things in my life, that I sometimes take advantage of, are extraordinary.
Watching my niece and nephew, adventuring outdoors with my puppy, spending more time embracing life, and watching the world around me change has been my sources of inspiration. My niece is so creative and my nephew always has the biggest smile on his face. My puppy loves me and my husband unconditionally and embraces all the good things in life. Watching the seasons change, transitioning into a new year, and enjoying all the new and old friendships I have has brought so much healing in my life. All these things have been the source of my inspiration and creativity lately.
inspəˈrāSH(ə)n/ 1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative.
I am an incredibly creative person. Sometimes I regret that I didn’t do more with the creativity that I’ve been blessed with. I’ve really wanted to change my mindset to that. We’ve been in our house for 10 months and I’m just now taking on the challenge of turning this house into a home… Hopefully a well and creatively designed home. I am the happiest and in my element when I’m inspired to create… I want to experience that happiness more!
I’m currently in the process of designing and redecorating my home office. To be honest my home office has been more of a holding space and storage room that anything else. As my vision is coming to life, I see it transitioning into a place that, one, I can ACTUALLY use when I work from home and, two, is a place where my creativity can really flourish.
Below are some photo’s that I’ve used as my source of inspiration for my room! I can’t wait to reveal the finished product to you soon. I hope you can enjoy all that I can share right now. Find time in your day and in your life to be inspired. Find joy in the everyday and embrace the special talents that you’ve been blessed with.