Wall Art Tampa FL
Palm Harbor, FL
Palm Harbor, FL
Unique Art and Wall Decor
I moved into a new house a few months ago, and for two whole weeks, I stood staring at a blank space on my wall, trying desperately to figure out what should go there. Finally, I realized that my problem was that I was thinking too small; I was thinking about a painting or a picture frame, when I should have been using my creative side to fill in the blanks.
Paintings and picture frames are great additions to walls, but there are other options as well. If you're just a little handy by which I mean, you can use a hammer at least half the time, you can make unique wall decorations that will be the envy of your friends and a joy in your home.
When I was still in my teens, my maternal grandparents died. We were very close to them, and my mother had an especially hard time with their deaths. So, in my mother's grief, wisdom and creativity, she created shadow boxes for our family of her parents. We went to antique stores and found old domino sets and handkerchiefs and other items that reminded us of our loved ones and created shadow boxes that now hang in the entry ways of their homes. The boxes decorate the walls but they also symbolize the love and legacy left by those we love.
If you love blankets or quilts, there are some very unique ways to decorate your walls with the items. This is where the hammer comes in, by the way. You can actually take pieces of wood attached to your wall, drill holes in them, and put dowel rods in the holes. On these rods you can hang your quilts or blankets just like you can on a regular quilt rack, except this way they decorate your walls. Placing the items just above a sofa is a great way to keep blankets nearby when you watch movies or snuggle up next to the fire. Also, if you enjoy quilting or sewing, you may want to use a similar structure on the wall to hold bolts of fabric for your creations. The walls look lovely, and you're also organizing your home!
Here are just a few other ideas. You can use old windows and some curtains to make a faux window in a room without enough windows. Your can use old picture frames to "frame" an oil painting or collage or quotations. Using small vases, you can have fresh flowers hanging on your wall. You could also make part of your wall into corkboard or a set of box frames so that you can display your children's artwork.
However you choose to decorate your walls, create a room that will be enjoyable for all. When a room fits the personality of you and your family, then anyone who vis...
Wonderful World of Wallpaper
For years, wallpaper had become the clear evidence that a house had not been redecorated in a while. Recently, however, wallpaper has been making a comeback, and wallpaper is no longer equivalent to big, ugly flowers (my opinion as a child); rather, wallpaper offers many options, and some of them include anything but flowers.
First, I should probably give you an overview of the newest and best items in wallpaper. In spot Number Three is the bamboo wallpaper; this paper looks and even feels like little sticks of bamboo on your walls. The look is beautiful and classy and can match almost any room needing a natural touch. In spot Number Two, self-adhesive wallpaper. After years of using glue to put up wallpaper, we finally have self-adhesive wallpaper! Basically, if you have used a stamp, you can use this wallpaper; however, make sure it's straight because once it's stuck, it's pretty hard to move. Finally, the Grand Champion, in the Number One spot: Paintable Wallpaper. Now, you may be wondering why in the world anyone would want paintable wallpaper. Well, paintable borders have beautiful patterns, and you can paint them to match any room. Also, if you are renting an apartment or home, you may be able to wallpaper while you are not allowed to paint; then, this is a great option.
Wallpapering is a difficult business, but there are a lot of people ready to help you. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe's often give free classes on how to wallpaper. Granted these are marketing tools to get your business, but you are not required to purchase anything and you learn helpful hints from the professionals. Sometimes you can even get a discount if you shop after going to one of these classes. Many websites also offer wallpaper calculators to help you purchase the correct amount of wallpaper the first time, but you will probably want to buy just a little extra in case of any mishaps.
Before wallpapering you will need to prep your wall and follow the instructions given with the wallpaper to the letter. However, before you start this process, evaluate how long you plan to be in your home. If your answer is less than five to ten years, I don't suggest wallpapering. Generally, homes are easier to sell without wallpaper, so you may be having to take it down very soon. Although wallpaper can be taken down with the solutions from retail stores or homemade solutions, you don't want to have to go through the process soon after putting the wallpaper up.
Wallpaper can be a great...