I’ve been suffering from a disease I like to call blankwallitis. As a novice DIYer, every single blank wall seems to be taunting me, waiting for a picture, poster, shelf, or piece of art to be hung. Our guest room/office has been looking a little bare for the past three years that we’ve been living here, so I thought that would be a good space to start.
I have a lot of art. This is just a sampling of the Ikea prints I bought on a whim. (How can you beat a price of $10 for five prints? You can’t.) I’ve been hoarding postcards, colored paper, fabric, and even customized art for years since we’ve been living here. While I love the colors and the fact that they’re adorable abstract designs of woodland mammals, none of these small postcards really said “focal point of the room” to me. So out came the big guns.
For our wedding, we received an amazing print from a friend that explains our relationship perfectly. Engineering: where the man tells his wife he loves her by building it out of blocks. I tried to seek out art that would compliment the engineering print, coupled with this awesome poster that I bought from The Wire Poster Project. For all my Wire fans out there, you’ll recognize this quote from Omar. All proceeds from this poster design company go to the Baltimore Urban Debate League, so it’s a really awesome business with a social cause. Lastly, based on the orange and yellow color scheme, I found a fun New York City print (close to our hearts!) on Etsy from Albie Designs which brought all the colors together.
I still wasn’t convinced that these three pieces meshed well together (Clueless, anyone?). I realized it was time to bring all of my whimsical art purchases together. After playing around, I came up with this arrangement – and don’t worry, Omar’s wisdom will find its place somewhere.
I actually cut up a blank, chevron-printed card from the clearance bin at Michaels and framed it to bring all the colors together. I also couldn’t resist the adorable Ikea bunny print. When it came time to hang the art above our couch, I cut pieces of paper in the shapes of each frame and hung them, centered over the couch. Enter Dan’s quip: “This means we can never move the couch.”
After a few test runs, we knew this was the right fit. Just imagining guests staying over, even if we change the couch into a real guest bed, made me giddy. I just love adding some fun into a room. The smallest touch can make a big difference. Just call me the Artful Krista.