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What started off as a new wood floor ended up turning into a full studio/office make over. I’m very happy how the final look turned out. I would have to say it is my favorite room in my house. Which is a good thing because I spend 75% of my time at home in my studio. I even find myself just sitting in silence relaxing in the fresh clean space. I’m still kicking myself for not taking a before picture, so here is the earliest picture I took. The yellow walls started reminding me of baby poop so they had to go.

Here is the final look. It turned out so good!

I have a small obsession with plants & maps right now. They added the perfect touches to this room. I currently have 10 live plants in here. Let’s hope I can keep them alive.

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Using the elements and principles of design, I hope these tips can help you as you create new wall designs in your home! Here we go! First, I measured the space and decide the shape I wanted my arrangement to be: square, rectangular, circular, or abstract. For this arrangement I choose rectangular to fill the space above the sofa:

I then selected the pieces I wanted to put together and put them on the floor. {This is a great way to get started because you can visualize it, play with it, take a picture of it, and then put it on your wall without multiple nail holes.}

A. Lining up edges of the art pieces creates an invisible border to the design as well as a sense of order and balance. B. The shelf below adds visible weight to the left side balancing out the larger piece of art on the right. C. Decorating in odd numbers is move visibly pleasing to the eye than even numbers. {Example: three main pieces, three items on the shelf}. D. Coordinating the same colors throughout the design creates a sense of harmony and emphasis. For this arrangement I decided to go a little more abstract.

I needed to fill the space above a table, so the first thing I did was measure the table and placed the measuring tape on the floor. This gave me the exact space I wanted to fill.

A. Keeping your arrangement centralized over a table or couch creates a vignette or a relationship with the items around it and ties everything together.

B. Keeping the items between 2” – 4” apart allows the entire design to look cohesive and keeps items from looking like they are floating away.

C. Don’t be afraid to mix frame types, even if they’re different metals or colors. As long as they are repeated a couple of times in the arrangement, it will look great!

D. Make sure there are multiple shapes in the arrangement. This will look better as well as add more visual interest. {Example: the frames are rectangular, but the floral arrangement has a triangular base and the flowers are round.  There are also oval and round elements on the table below.}

E. A tip to doing abstract arrangements: use the step-down method: have one side higher than the other and step each element down. Notice how the left side is higher and then it steps down to the floral and then down again…it’s the design principle called repetition. {This is a great look over a staircase as it repeats the shape of the stairs.}

I’m always looking for new and fun ways to decorate. Post a comment with a link to your favorite decorating tip & I may feature it in my upcoming posts.