There's a lot of talk circulating these days about downsizing and tiny homes. I even saw something called a Granny Pod, which is intriguing.
There's something to be said for downsizing, especially if your kids have left the nest. I've downsized and am doing just fine with less.
But with less space comes the need for fewer things. This can ultimately mean a change in your decor. Since it could very well mean that you have less wall space.
One of the easiest ways to deal with less wall space and smaller rooms is to rethink the sizing of your wall art. Think about using vertical instead of horizontal photographs on your walls. Instead of one large photo try a small grouping.
Change is good. Downsizing doesn't mean you have to do without the things that give you pleasure and meaning to your home. Maybe less is more after all!
The photograph featured on the blog today is of Lisianthus. These are at the top of the list of my favorite flowers. In fact, they are the flowers I use in my logo. I want to share with you a little information about these flowers simply because I think it helps to know something about the photo. Especially if you are considering hanging it on your wall.
The scientific name for this flower is Eustoma. This is from two Greek words, 'eu' meaning beautiful and 'stoma' meaning mouth. I like that, Beautiful Mouth. The name Lisianthus also comes from two Greek words, 'lysis' meaning dissolution and 'anthos' meaning flower. That break down is not quite as pretty.
The petals of this flower are soft, almost sensual to the touch. It is said that this flower symbolizes appreciation. Which would make them a good flower to give in a bouquet to someone you appreciate.
They are also associated with those born under the sign of Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec21). Which is me! Perhaps it is fitting that I love these flowers so much.
The photograph featured above shows the flowers from a bud, in various stages of opening and as it starts to fade. Photographed on a white background this photo would be suitable to hang anywhere.
What is the first thing people see when they walk through your front door? Is it welcoming or is it a little scary? Regardless of your space you want people to feel good about coming into your home.
I've seen a lot of suggestions that say if you have a proper entryway you should hang a mirror. I'm not much of a mirror person. Personally I like to see a great picture when I walk into a home. Something that makes a statement about who lives in this house.
What about the door you use when you come home? Do you enter from a garage and into a mud room or laundry room? No matter where you enter your home you should also feel welcomed, like this is the place you've been waiting all day to be. I would say that this is great place to hang a beautiful photograph. A picture of something that makes you smile or remember a grand time.
Make your home inviting to yourself and to all those who enter. Little things can make a big difference.
How many times over the years has someone said this to you - You Should Do This?
I don't know what made me stop and think about all the 'shoulds' I have been given in regards to my photography. Perhaps it was when my favorite bud vase tipped over and broke, not once, but twice in one week. And yes, after the first break, which was small, I was still using it. It was a favorite vase. The second break was major and I finally got the message. The joy was gone because I was performing the shoulds and not what my desires were.
I've thought about it a lot since then. The conclusion I reached was that I need to be producing the images that I see and love. Images that I would and do decorate my home with and hopefully you will see what I do and love them enough to use in your home decor.
Darker colored walls give a room a rich elegance. But you need to add some spots of brightness for contrast.
White has the ability to reflect a large amount of light. Against a dark wall a white photograph or piece of artwork is a stunning accent. The reflective value of colors is an import part of how that color will work in your home. Be sure to give it some consideration as you ponder what you want to put on your walls.
Whether you choose to paint your walls or leave them white you can still have an interesting and exciting room. Here are 5 ideas to help get you started.
When using accent colors remember to tie it all together for a look that is cohesive. If you have a great colorful photo on your wall use some of those colors in your pillows or other accents. A fun and exciting room doesn't have to be hard or even expensive to create.
Do you have some other ideas that have worked for you? Share them in the comments!
It's not always an easy task to choose the interior paint colors for you home. Here are 3 things to take into consideration when selecting your interior color palette.
Next time I'll have a few suggestions for ways to keep your rooms from being boring, even if the wall colors are the same or similar.
Not everything in your home decor has to be matching colors. Think instead of similar colors, shades and tints of a main color.
Many times we buy older homes we love, but they also need some renovation. Renovations can be costly so you might have to do them over time. You can still make that pink bathtub work by painting the room a slightly darker shade. Bring in some dark green accents and you have a very pretty and sophisticated palette. You might like it so much that you don't do the renovation you thought you wanted.
With the right colors anything is possible. One color in many variations can be a winning look.
Yes, it's true that Huey Lewis and the News sang a song by that title back in 1989. But I am referencing that phrase with regards to decorating.
Wall art such as photographs and painting are quite often in rectangular shapes. One reason for this, especially with photographs, is the common frame sizes. Unless you want to pay for custom framing you are pushed into the sizes that are easy to frame. Fortunately we now have some options that don't require framing. Photographs can be printed on galley wrapped canvas, metal and acrylic. None of these require a frame and all are quite beautiful.
So choose a square photo if that is what best fits your space and budget. It's a nice shape and a great option if you want more than just a rectangle.
Hi. I am Cheryl of Cheryl Day Photography. Stay tuned for my regular blog posts to keep you updated on what I am doing.