Monday, July 28, 2008

decorating your walls

Hanging your art and photos in clusters may be on the verge of "out," but I don't consider it a trend at all, but a classic that's going to stick (and one that started way before last season's decorators were doing it). I've drawn up a quick diagram with a few no fail layouts.

Starting at the top left, this "above and below" layout starts with a horizontal line. Use photos that will end up taking up about the same amount of space above the line and below the line, that way the arrangement is neither top heavy or bottom-heavy.
Moving below to the bottom left, this "inside the lines" arrangement is probably the layout you've seen the most. In an imaginary rectangle, fill the area by loosely arranging the art within it. This layout works pretty much anywhere, and is a good solution for odd spaces. Lastly, to the right is a vertical line up, which work well with high ceilings or columns.

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Two above images from Domino

image from Bluelines

Funny enough, Pottery Barn announced a free shipping promotion on select frames!

Please send me your results if you try this and I'll post them!


Linda at Lime in the Coconut! said...

Ok...I have a job for you...If I post my wall of pics, will you fix them? They are always getting changed, often by a mysterious "changer" in the family, and seems like they have never found their permanent home.

Ashley said...

haha. A mysterious changer. If you'd like me to give it a shot, I'll do my best. Is there a layout style of the three you'd prefer? You can email me with specs. :)

Rachel Mallon said...

Hey Ashley,
Love this post, I don't think its going out soon either and it does have a timeless feel to it. I have collected quite a few wall decor images and you can see them by going to and under room type choose wall decor. Take care.

Ashley said...

Thanks Rachel! What a great resource.


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