Tips to Decorate Long Walls Friday, September 12 2014

When it comes to decorating long walls, I see a lot of faux pas out there.  I felt today was a good day to put on my good Samaritan cape (read: my bossy pants) and help all of you with some great tricks I’ve picked up to correctly decorate large walls. 

Trick number one:  Art Walls. 

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Of course, this is not exactly breaking news.  I almost decided I was over them and people should quit it, but there are tons of creative ways to display numerous art pieces.  I did this for a gorgeous client in Pacific Palisades last year, and I still like it.  She had all these pages from an antique art book, and we framed them all in a dainty gold frame for homogeny.  The lithe gold étagère in the center helps break up the wall, and the ottomans below grounded it all, lending gravity.

Gotta have it?  Buy the étagère here:   http://www.edenla.com/component/virtuemart/?page=shop.product_details&flypage=vmj_softy.tpl&product_id=4198&category_id=39&keyword=etager )

I’m also still down with the now classic mish-mosh of modern art on an art wall, but I like some homogeny…like when all the art is framed in the same frame, for instance.  Or when all the art has a recurring theme.

Like this dishy photo montage:

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Crush!

Speaking of dishy, can we all agree to stop doing this?  Like forever ever?

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Seriously.  Let’s do other things, shall we?

I love Phillips Collection for quirky alternative wall decor.  Check these out:

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And alternative wall decor is only limited by you (and your designer’s) imagination.

Another way to create large scale wall decor is with fabric.  I choose one or more corresponding patterns and then frame them with the same frame style.  Fabric widths are usually 54" w, so 3 yards of fabric can go a long way to decorating a long wall.  

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My biggest go-to tip with decorating long walls is the use of tall plants.  A well placed potted fig, dracaena marginata, or kentia palm can break up a wall length, effectively shortening the wall so that a console with a piece of art above doesn’t get lost in wall expanse.  

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(Obvi, doesn’t need to be holiday themed, but how nifty is this pic??)

I’ll leave you with one more tip/anecdote:

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Anyone who knew me before I was designing for the Who’s Who is seriously cracking up right now at this picture.  Why?   B/c when I lived in my string of wonderful and cozy (read: crapshack next to a fire station) apartments in Hollywood and Austin, the first thing I’d do is finagle someone to help me hang a nature inspired wallpaper mural on the largest wall I had. Very much like the one above. It always helped me feel like I had a view of something other than Russian children or used cars.  It only works if you have a pretty stark modern interior (for me it was: too broke and fabulous for very much furniture).  Ahhh…good times.  

I’ll leave you with this photo of pretty much perfect spatial placement of art and furniture.  Hit me up with querries and comments.  

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Yours.  Truly.

Jamie Jamester