Monday, October 8, 2012

The Art Of The Hang!

Hanging objects that are near and dear to us always makes good decorating sense to me.  After all what better way to express our interest could there be than actually displaying it openly.  Here a person that collects antique and vintage suit cases is also displaying photo's and other things in a beautifully balanced way.
So if you have some of mom and dad's old Samsonite in the attic or basement, now is the time to re-use and re-purpose them!

This arrangement was created to bring color, texture, and visual interest to an otherwise less than interesting entry way. The plates are arranged in a soft arch, starting high on the wall and cascading down low.  All different colors, but all working in concert with the chest, the lamp, the light switch and the door bell box.  It may look artistically loose, but it was skillfully planned and executed.  Just beautiful against this pale blue wall!

If you have photo's in small frames, but you need to make a big statement, just get a big frame to frame them in.  Done here with a beautiful elaborate frame painted white to give a great contrast to the small black and white framed photo's.  This can also be done to coordinate with the wall colors or the other furnishings in the room.  You can often find great large old frames at thrift shops and yard sales.  Don't let the color or finish of the frame deter you, after all you'll be painting it!

What to do with that long, long, long hallway? Frame it in sections to visually reduce it's length.  Paint the wall  inside the framed area in a bold contrasting color, deep tan was used here. Now hang your framed photos and art within the framed section.  Done here in a balanced, symmetrical fashion; You can even put interesting fabric or wall paper within the framed sections too. Or as an option you can use a fancy molding for the frame. The idea here is to contain the art with in the large frame.
Here are some simply hanging patterns to use as a guide for hanging your photo's.  Don't forget to also consider the scale of the wall, the furniture placement and size below the objects hanging, and of course the frames them selves. They all work together in the art of the hang!

Thursday, October 4, 2012

How To Restore The Glow In Your Home...It's In The Math!

With the days getting shorter, the rooms in your home may look less bright in early morning or late afternoon than they did a few weeks ago. What can you do to restore the glow?
One possibility is adding illumination to the level you enjoyed during summer.
Chandeliere , sconces and can lighting in the ceiling make this large dining area glow!
Remember, lighting does more than just brighten the room. It can create atmosphere and express your style. Whether you hang a new chandelier or simply plug in a beautiful table lamp, such changes can freshen the look and heighten the visual appeal of your room without a lot of fuss or a huge expenditure.

Here are some tips from lighting professionals. Illuminate a room proportionately to its size. Lighting designers figure the square footage, and then multiply by 1.5 to determine the approximate (incandescent-lamp) wattage needed. For example, a 15-by-20-foot room has 300 square feet of space; when you multiply by 1.5, you find 450 is the optimum level of wattage, counting all the lamps, ceiling fixtures, task lighting, etc. For work spaces and other specialized areas needing more illumination, multiply by 2.5.

To create great accents -- in a hallway, at either side of a fireplace or flanking a dining hutch -- consider wall sconces, placed about 60 inches above the floor and 8 to 10 feet apart.

Near each end of a fireplace mantel, or on the console behind a couch or on a hallway table, consider using a 20-inch-tall candelabra lamp with a dark shade to add an a elegant glow. If brown, black or mahogany, the shade will project a sense of masculinity.

When adding a chandelier to a room, math again can help you calculate what size works best. This time, start by adding add the room's width and depth together. For example, if the space measures 12-by-16-feet, add 12 to 16 for a total of 28. That tells you a 28-inch-diameter chandelier should do the job. For a chandelier above a dining table, divide the table width in half. For example, with a table 48 inches wide, a 24-inch-diameter fixture should work nicely.

In a dining room with 8-foot ceilings, the bottom of the fixture should fall 30 inches above the tabletop. Add 3 inches for each additional foot of ceiling height.

Another trick for freshening up a room: Buy small silk shades in alternating colors that work with the room's overall color scheme to freshen up an old 1970s brass chandelier. After you snap a shade right onto each small bulb, it will look as if you've replaced the fixture. You also can redo the yellow brass finish by spraying on metal paint in shades of gold, silver, bronze, white or black to change the whole ambience of the room.

Toni Berry: Tips for improving and updating interior lighting
By Toni Berry Correspondent