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Modern decorating can be beautiful but difficult to find inspiration, mostly because many people think that modern means minimal. That is untrue. Modern styling incorporates simple colors, clean lines and smooth textures, but there’s no one that says you should skip the wall art to have a modern living room. In fact, having a photo wall can increase the modern vibes you’re going for in your home. There are even several ways to do it. Check out these 10 tips to master your own modern photo wall and you’ll see the immediate effect it has on your space.
There is nothing better in my opinion then walking into my home and seeing my beautiful family covering my walls. I call it art work because I truly believe it. It's not a painting or pastel it's a photograph. A memory I love and cherish captured forever. "Que the violins" lol. I believe every home should have beautiful art work that graces their walls. It makes a home feel warm and inviting. It puts a smile on your face every day, even during those overcast days when no sunlight shines in through your windows.
I talk about this all the time with my portrait clients at Brio Art. As a home designer it's a bit different. Not only are we discussing your wall art but your sofa, rug and color tones. All of which tie into make a stunning room.
When I start with a new room I pick a feel or one idea first. Then the rest of the room can center around that. The idea can me small or large. For example in a living room I am currently designing we want to have a wall collage like the one below. So after choosing the color frames and size of this art installation, next we focus on the content.
Do we want it to be family photos? If so are they "in the moment" or professional ones? Do we need to make a appointment to get some taken?
Or are the photos going to be of landmarks, textures, travel scenery? If so let's pull from your archives and see what we have to work with.
Once this important decision is made we can have them printed and start to lay them out. This does matter. Some photographs will look better on top, in the middle or on the bottom.
Next they are hung and WALA, a beautiful new art installation for your living room. And it all stemmed from a Pinterest photos.
Getting The Ultimate Pinterest Dream Home Would Cost You Millions, or so they say ...
I have a completely different perspective. While, yes, you may not be able to get or design EXACTLY like this dream home you can sure get close. It just takes some imagination, skill and a little bit of time. Sometimes my dreams and budget don't line up and I have a hard time telling myself "no". Haha let's be real, I hardly ever tell myself no and here's how I do it.
Basic ideas to make your expensive tastes match your realistic budget:
1. Plan. Yes, very simple. If you can plan and layout your ideas it will be much easier to find what you need and eliminate extra spending or buying full price.
2. Sale Items, Craigslist, Goodwill, Friends. Remember to keep in mind all your options for finding what you are looking for besides just big store shopping. I even shop the "free" section of Craigslist sometimes!
3. Budget. Keep in mind some items will cost you full price, esspecially if you have expensive tastes like me. Your budget will help you save money where you can and spend some $$ where you need it.
These concepts are so basic it's laughable. But I still remind myself of them every time I start a new project. I attribute my first flipped home to these simple ideals. I more than doubled the purchase price of the home and could not have been more happy with the results.
As always, I'd love to hear about your upcoming design or renovation ideas. Consults will cost you a bottle of wine and are guaranteed to be fun!
If your not convinced of what I'm talking about and would prefer to spend millions here is a great article from Harper's BAZZAR. I love these guys!