Art Musical Chairs

16 Aug

There is finally one room in my house that has all the desired art on the walls and has NO empty frames.  Huzzah!!

After getting the new living room rug, I started rearranging the art a bit, leaving it rather unbalanced.

For the past year, this print and it’s brother have been flanking the tv waiting to be a completed composition.

Flashback to a year ago:

With the new rug, the “brother” print ended up at the end of the couch.

I’ve been drawn to images on pinterest that draw attention away from a tv with a gallery wall.  Since we have our enormous gallery wall in the office, I decided a mini one was in order here.  There was a bit of trial and error.  My initial plan for the wall looked kind of awesome as composition itself, but when I looked at it with the whole room it got a little nutso busy.  I don’t want the tv wall competing with my plate wall, afterall!

I was planning to paint all the frames white or silver to unify them, but after living with it this way for 2 days, it just didn’t feel right in the room.  That actually makes me sad, because looking back at these pictures, the wall itself is really successful.  I really like it, a lot, but I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my other design elements to make this the feature.  The whole room was starting to look crazy overdesigned.  Not good.

Luckily I used 3M picture hangers instead of nailing everything into the wall, so I was able to very very carefully pull off the adhesive and move all the art.  (I’m currently having a love affair with the 3M picture hanging strips.  That’s what we used in the cutest nephew ever’s nursery, and they’re awesome and easy and they should totally sponsor my blog.  hint hint.)

So I simplified.

It’s not as dynamic on its own, but it makes so much more sense with the rest of the room.

Did you also notice the other art switcheroo?

The repro map of our town from the 1800s (that I got at a tag sale for $2) earned a place of honor after a spray paint make-over.

I am also pleased to report that the dining room is painted and I’ve started cutting the picture rail pieces.  I can’t wait to see this room come together like the living room has!!


3 Responses to “Art Musical Chairs”

  1. sarah 08.16.2012 at 1:42 pm #

    It looks great! I really like the changes you made. It feels very natural and not uncomfortable, if that makes sense. I think you did a fabulous job!

  2. Mary Ann Ellis 08.16.2012 at 5:44 pm #

    I look the new gallery wall! I’m getting some good ideas about what with my walls. Thanks for the hints.

  3. erica | wicked bride 11.09.2012 at 11:00 am #

    I got the same map (but of our town, Holliston – a few towns over from you) on ebay and framed it for my Hub’s office – I love those maps! Nice to see other locals in MA blogging 🙂

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