Wall Decor Grates – If you like classic design decorating then consider hanging a number of your collections on the wall. Walls make a great “support” not only for images but three-dimensional objects as well. Hanging pictures and graphics is tricky, but once you let yourself experimentation you can have a ball producing exciting displays. Unless an item is big or a painting is notable, one small picture hung by itself seems lonely. Pairs and groupings work better. Lately I wrapped four identically framed black and white pen and inks in a row on a few of my kitchen walls. Mounting them at a line gave the space a more contemporary look. You can also pile images two on the top and two on the underside or alternative combinations of numbers.
When things share some thing in common they form a pleasant outfit. 1 collector showed me how she grouped heaps of classic wedding pictures of couples together. Because all of the photos needed a theme to them, they formed an intriguing collection. The brownish tone of all these antique photos served to organize the collection providing a harmonious visual demonstration. Another avid collector of 1950’s ” Paint By Number” pictures covered his counselling office wall with his collection of these funky vibrant styled retro art bits.
Many whimsical collectibles can be found in flea markets and also make for interesting “art” when displayed in classes. Consider hanging classic pocketbooks, bud covers, mirrors, toy shovels, keys, tin ceiling tiles etc.. A large selection of small flea market paintings with various frames can also work well if the overall look is a wall filled with similar sized frames. Within this creation, you are projection images equally apart but arranging them together as you would a jigsaw puzzle.
This type of mounting works well on the walls bordering staircases. Three-dimensional objects can be enclosed in a deep plexiglass shadow box frame and mounted onto the wall. Old seats, boxes, mini dressers can also be used as “shelves” and hung on walls to show images and other interesting finds. You do not have to stick to a “fashion” or design period. Add classic to modern or urban chic to antique.
Older objects and images warm-up rooms, while more contemporary accessories offer a clean crisp look. Insert the sudden to your walls and sit back an enjoy your design work. The best aspect of wall decor is that it can be changed so easily whenever you are prepared for a new idea. For many more innovative ideas about how to use, hang and display images and unusual finds, consult my book, Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes.