Original art on your walls is as important as a bed. So experts say. It creates mood, adds colour, personality, inspiration, keeps your brain active and also helps you relax.
I want to help you decide how to choose and display it in your home. Give you ideas that can be achieved on a tight budget.
1. WHAT can you display? I love having current photographs of my family around (kids also enjoy seeing them on the walls by the way!). There are so many things that can add that personal touch to your house. Family photos, original art pieces, prints, that piece of fabric that you like (I recently framed a lovely piece from my girl's t-shirt, now too small to wear), kid's drawings...Anything that you like and gives you a good feeling or a happy memory! If you want some ideas, you may enjoy this board ;-)
2. Choose a WALL that needs some love. A wall you will look at every day.
3. Decide on STYLE.
There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Check my Pinterest board for IDEAS. My favourite? This picture rail from Ikea is brilliant and affordable. Once you have it mounted to the wall you can add, swap and change any frames without marking your walls again. I personally like having pictures on our walls that reflect where we are NOW as a family. Every few months I change all the photos around the house and this is the perfect solution for me.
3. Get some FRAMES.
If you are in IKEA getting your railings, pick some frames too. Explore colours, sizes, shapes...be adventurous!
4. FRAME, MIX & MATCH
Landscapes, portraits, family images, your kids' own drawings...everything goes. Think of it as your own little art gallery, that will grow and evolve as your life does.
I enjoy having original art around. Bringing to my world other people's creations. You may like some to take home some of my images too if you are looking for ideas. You will find lots of other ones over on my Instagram ;-)
5. ENJOY THE VIEW!
Yes, I love happy walls! And If you want to see the happiest wall, check this blog post where I share the transformation of our garden wall, thanks to the incredible Artist Fran Halpin. Incredible before and after!