Wednesday, October 12, 2011

31 days {12}: dining room artwork

Day 12 of "31 days to a Remodeled Room" is here, and it's time to take a look at some new dining room artwork.  This was Becky's dining area BEFORE:

Look at what a horizontal dimension there is to that main wall.  She had small art pieces spread out very thinly across the entire space.  The old cornices over the sliding door create a very horizontal line as well.  Everything seems long and squatty.  My goal was to replace those wall hangings with art that would complement the updated color and style of Becky's redesign while also adding a vertical dimension to the space.

Particularly if you have 8-foot ceilings, an open floor plan, or ranch-style home, you are probably battling this horizontal element in your decorating.  Look for ways to work the eye up instead of out - hanging window treatments high (and splitting up long windows), trading short furniture pieces out for those with more height, and grouping wall hangings closer together in a gallery style.  Your room will actually feel bigger (and taller!) if you don't fill up every inch of wall space.

Photo from Nesting Place
 We used The Nester's gallery wall as inspiration for our art selection and decided to order a huge family portrait and have some silhouettes done of Becky's three boys.

And here's the end result - a HUGE photo canvas (2'x3') and three 12" square silhouettes.  Ancelet Photography had done the beautiful photo for Becky, and we had the image printed to a canvas through a local photo shop for about $120.  The silhouettes were done by another friend using scrapbooking paper; the frames were on sale at Hobby Lobby for about $10 each.  Becky laughs about that canvas, wondering if everyone who comes in thinks they are so in love with themselves, but if your family is that stinkin' cute, why wouldn't you want to show them off?  I can't wait to show you the entire dining area in the AFTER pictures (so check out The Big Reveal on October 31st) - this vertical art really helps to change the orientation of the space.
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