|Practicing, on the kitchen floor!|
This is a great decorating book for us ordinary folk who wouldn't dream of hiring a decorator, who don't have thousands or tens of thousands to spend to re-do the whole house. And maybe it would be good even for those who do.
I dreaded the idea of poking loads of holes into a newly painted wall but there was nothing for it. Bill was prepared to do the measuring and nailing to my satisfaction so long as he didn't have to decide what went where.
I read a bunch of websites (see list below) for tips and ideas and came away with a few general principles I thought I could use: space frames a uniform two inches apart; do trial arrangements before deciding; group like items together; have some logic to your choices. The latter was sort of my idea after reading other's ideas.
One thing I did not do was to have all matching frames; neither did I have all the same type of subject in the pictures. However, I did exclude photographs from the mix and a couple of pieces that seemed to clash horribly with the new colour scheme were left out.
I started by defining the area I wanted to fill, which was between the picture rail and the top of the couch, stopping short of bureau so there would be room for it to open. I cut a piece of dressmaking paper, marked off in inches, to size and put it on the only empty floor space in the house large enough, the kitchen floor. I tried putting the larger pictures in the upper left and lower right corners; I tried putting the largest picture in the centre but decided it was just too large for any arrangement.
Bill declined to have his favourite pieces on the wall as it gets western sun in the evening. At the last minute, however, he threw in a few pieces from his mother's house that I quite liked and I started again from scratch. By then, I had enough practice that it didn't seem too hard. I'd already learned that I seemed to think in columns: start with a width-definer and centre things above and below it; I liked the green frames reasonably near the mainly green paintings; I liked small groupings beneath larger pictures and if possible I wanted some oval shapes. I don't think I ended up with everything I wanted, but there is another vast empty wall on the upstairs landing and loads more pictures to hang!
|I can see that lamp has been moved to accommodate cards...|
I only bought one piece, a silhouette series from John Speight in Kirkharle. Most of the pieces hung on the walls in my Mom's house, she painted or she or I did the needlework. Some were from art festivals or souvenir sketches on holidays. A few were frames I bought at yard sales 20 years ago which have never been hung and which need something better in them, so it will be a work in progress as I find new things to put in the frames. Mark, at the Tynemouth Fleamarket, is my go-to resource for framing anything we don't feel we can manage.
However, the hard part, the measuring and nailing up, I shall live with for a while - probably another 12-15 years...