My family and I moved to a bigger space last year and since then, I’ve been mulling over ways to fill up a wall or two that won’t break the bank. I love the serenity of clean, expansive walls and a pared-down, uncluttered home, but a little personality injection is undoubtedly required in mi casa. More original artwork would be ideal, but it takes time to build a collection of art that you love.
So in the meantime, here’s what I’ve been thinking:
Hallways and corridors are great places to hang an arrangement of treasured family photos. Display the pics in similar frames, or get them scanned in black & white or sepia tones and play around with different kinds of frames.
Kidlets are brilliant and prodigious artists. String a clothesline or three along a wall and attach their masterpieces with colourful pegs or clips. Keep, frame and display the family’s favourites.
Tried & tested, an eclectic collection of mirrors in all shapes and sizes grouped together on a wall adds a sense of depth and space & is a good way to reflect light into shadier spaces.
Wallpaper & wall stickers
I am exceptionally fond of wallpaper. It can be relatively affordable, quick to install and just one wall of it can completely transform a room. Wall stickers are another option; take a look at Lecia de Waal’s work, visit her website www.dewaalart.com.
I have a weakness for floating shelves. Knowing that a good book is always at hand is a great comfort and they offer such a great storage and display solution. Hang ‘em high if you’ve got small kids and want to keep the family heirlooms intact!
A collection of postcards, vintage record covers, superheroes or such can be boxed or framed for display.