Whew, I have been really busy lately with 2 of my favorite little boys, the busy color season, and the blog/website redesign (which I am happy to report is coming along well).
So… as I am designing various web pages, obsessively spacing, sizing, and arranging, (since that is what you do when you want something to look really good?) I have been thinking a lot about the Art of Placement. It takes me back to my design roots. In fact, it takes me back to a whole variety of creative endeavors since it is always at the forefront.
As a graphic designer in an ad agency, fresh out of college, I worked side by side with art directors decades beyond me in experience. Boy were they lucky? ha ha I would prepare computer designed advertisements, then hand them over to the art director for fine-tuning. They would jostle things around a bit to perfect the overall composition and spit out a perfectly arranged product.
What I learned from that valuable experience… A little lowering, tweaking, elimination…. it makes all the difference in the world!
In arranging a room, it is often less about owning the perfect selection of decor and more about the way things are placed. Staging is a perfect example. A talented stager can take your own things, edit, reconfigure, and the room is left feeling updated and sometimes so pleasing the owners don’t want to leave!
I thought this was a great real life placement success story by Young House Love. See those art pieces above the bed? Rummage sale prints most of us would have overlooked, when placed properly, suddenly turn into modern art?
So I ask you, does your home have all the right things in the wrong places?
If so, I have a few simple tips-
1. Lower artwork. Even consider leaving some pieces resting on furniture or shelf surfaces.
2. Consolidate small, scattered art pieces into a gallery wall configuration.
3. Add a few large accents.
4. Pull your furniture away from the walls.
5. Let go of the “Will this make my room look smaller?” notion :)
6. Mix up neutral overload with a pop of color.
7. Don’t be afraid to display a few items that don’t match perfectly.
8. Ask a few friends for their opinions on a new arrangement.
For anyone looking to “replace” a room over the weekend, hope these tips are helpful. If you need assistance, you know where to find me.
Have a great holiday weekend readers!
(thank you bigtimehouselover.blogspot.com, Crate & Barrel, Young House Love, House Beautiful, and West Elm for the photos)