As far as art is concerned, many of us run into one of two problems: what can I put here, or where do I put this? You are browsing around and find a wonderful piece of art just begging to go home with you, but where in your home is that perfect piece going to go? Here are a few tips to help you solve this dilemma.
Firstly, just make sure you like whatever artwork you have chosen. What is the point if you don’t enjoy it? Once you have something you like, decide which room in your home it should be placed. This can depend on anything from size, colors, subject matter, etc. If it is something like an abstract painting, hang the piece in a room with a color scheme close to that of the painting itself. On the other hand, if the painting is full of color, you may put it into a room devoid of color to make it both of them pop!
Secondly, where in that room will you hang this fabulous painting? Simply put, there are three common places: over furniture, over the fireplace, or on a blank wall. If you are going to hang something over or near your furniture, keep their sizes relative. Bigger furniture deserves bigger pieces of art. Above the fireplace is often a very visible spot in a room and is a fitting place for a large piece to make a statement. Lastly, blank walls are just as good as a blank canvas. That doesn’t mean you should plaster an entire wall with every picture you can get your hands on, but use something that pops and makes sense with the rest of your decor.
Artwork Hanging Over Bed - Photo: ApartmentTherapy.com
However you like to celebrate, Spring has sprung and most of us welcome guests into our homes. It’s the perfect time to care for your property as well as freshen up for guests. Take that Spring cleaning mentality outside to make your home both beautiful and presentable.
Start at your curb! Landscaping can sometimes be a daunting task, but the end result is always worth the time and energy you put into it. Keep your lawn trim and green. Prune flowers or other shrubs. Be sure to check for insects, damage, or diseases as this is the time of year than they begin to show up. Lightly fertilize your lawn and flower beds as needed to keep your leafy greens leafy green.
Stepping inside for a moment, clear your entrance to be more welcoming to company. This is something that you more than likely did during your usual Spring cleaning routine. But if you haven’t, get to it! Adding an interesting plant, piece of art, or mirror into your entrance area will really help spruce it up a bit. Skip ahead skip ahead, let’s take the party to the patio.
Spring get-togethers will often lead us back to the patio. Be sure it is well maintained and is withstanding the weather and test of time. Furniture also gets the pleasure of enduring the weather, so take care to clean and maintain it as well. Have all of your outdoor lighting serviced or change the bulbs. When the parties drift late into the night, you don’t want to be tripping over your furniture because your lights have gone out.
Spring presents the perfect opportunity to make your home more beautiful and more welcoming. Happy Spring!
Patio with Fireplace - Photo: Patiofirepite.com