If an Area of Your Home Is Feeling a Little Blah, It’s Time to Rethink Your Artwork.
The October issue of Real Simple magazine arrived in my mailbox last week and one article in particular caught my attention: 8 Tricks to Refresh Your Room.*
All 8 tips are fantastic, but #4 (Awaken Your Walls) stood out in particular because this tip is something that I echo to clients all the time. Real Simple suggests, “If an area of your home feels a little blah, rethink your artwork.“ Absolutely. Look to your walls for an easy and budget-friendly room refresh.
1. Introduce a New Piece or Simply Rearrange Your Frames
“Introduce a new piece or simply rearrange your frames,” says New York City interior designer Libby Langdon. I couldn’t agree more (as evidenced in my own home!). I love moving artwork around and creating new vignettes. By rearranging pieces or adding new work to walls, you give a room a whole new point of view and new energy. Even something as small as changing up outdated framing can have a huge impact. It’s those tiny details that add up and make a room’s interior design feel purposeful and put together.
2. Try a Gallery Wall in Your Home
“Have a long hallway or stairwell that could use some love?” asks Real Simple. Elsie Larson, cofounder of the lifestyle blog A Beautiful Mess, suggests trying a gallery wall in your home. These are so much fun to create and can add tons of charm and personality to an otherwise empty space. Check out the gallery wall that I created in my own home: Creating a Gallery Wall (One Way to Tackle the Giant Expanse Over Your Couch). As I mentioned in that post, readymade FRAME COLLECTIONS are your friend (like these awesome ones at Michaels)! They come in standard sizes with similar finishes and feels. The bottom line: no guesswork… you know these frames will give your new gallery wall a cohesive look.
3. Install a Photo Ledge and Swap Out Pieces Each Season
Switching up a few small pieces is an easy way for your home to reflect recent happenings, trends, or seasons. “Install a photo ledge, lean a few pieces against the wall, and swap them out each season so your room stays current,” suggests Real Simple. No photo ledge? No problem. Try leaning framed pieces against the back of a dresser to achieve the same look with the same accessibility.
The possibilities are limitless!! With the holidays fast approaching, Fall is the perfect time to think about a refresh for your walls.
Don’t know where to start? Contact me and let’s create a stellar space in your home!
Looking for more room refresh ideas? Don’t forget to check out these other fantastic posts:
- 5 Affordable Wall Decor Ideas that Should Be On Your Radar (Hint: Highlight Items You Already Own!)
- Creating a Gallery Wall (How I Tackle the Giant Expanse Over My Couch on a Budget)
- What to Do When You Are Living with Kids But Also Love Beautiful Interior Design
*You can read the entire article, 8 Tricks to Refresh Your Room, by Stephanie Sisco on page 36 of the October 2018 issue of Real Simple magazine.