Guest Post: Dress Your Walls
In today’s guest blog post, interior designer Matthew Dickamore, creative director for Denton House Design Studio, shares ideas and inspiration for dressing your walls:
Dress your walls like you dress yourself. You wear different textures, shapes and colors depending on where youâre goingâa well-tailored suit with a bright pocket square for a cocktail party or Bermuda shorts and a retro t-shirt for a day at the beachâand walls should be regarded in the same manner. Here are some quick tips on how to add some pizzazz to your wallâs wardrobe:
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Our bodies are not two-dimensional and our walls donât have to be either. Hang objects, not just framed artwork, on the wall. In a collage of framed pieces this will help bring some diversity, depth and interest:
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Formal spaces will most likely call for a more symmetrical wall. If youâll be hanging more than one framed piece of art, ensure each piece is the same size, like a series. Equal spacing between the pieces is usually best:
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Casual spaces call for fun! There are no rules. Donât hang things perfectly as if you drew a grid and hung everything at the same time. Make groupings look collected by varying the spacing and the variety of pieces. Or hang framed corkboards and create an ever-changing pin-up collage of your favorite things:
Let your walls be flirtatious. Take an ornate frame, paint it an unexpected bright, glossy color and hang it next to a simple metal-framed image. The different lines will play off of each other. Like the saying goes, opposites attract!
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Layer your walls like you layer clothing. I love creating a wall grouping and then adding objects or smaller framed pieces over the seams. It gives a flat wall some dimension and makes some pieces stand outâliterally!
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Last but not least, donât let your walls go naked. I bought a house and for two-and-a-half years my art collection sat stacked against the wall in an empty bedroom. I was intimidated by the thought of putting that first nail in the wall. âWhat if I find something better?â I worried. âWhat if I change my mind?â Forget it! A nail hole can be patched really easily. Grab your hammer and get to it!
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