Now that the new sofa is in place, and the curtains are hung, that huge expanse of blank wall is looking a little lonely.
I would like to do a collection of smaller framed items, versus one or two larger pieces. This is mostly because I have NO real art. And I have a serious fear of commitment when it comes to expensive purchases and artwork that I’ll need to look at all day everyday.
A nice collection of frames would give me the chance to switch things out over time; add, subtract, and replace if necessary. Now the question is, what to start with?
I’ve spent the day monkeying around with photoshop actions, trying to make a few of our snapshots more wall-worthy. When I got 8×10 prints of the travel shots for our dining room, I have since regretted not “enhancing” the images before having them printed. Most of our travel pictures were taken with a marginal (but trusty!) late-model Nikon Power Shot point and shoot. They’re not bad, but they’re not beautiful. They can use a little help in post.
I saw this picture on 20×200:
It struck me as really unique to have a circular frame around a landscape. But figured that I could do that myself with any of our pictures too. I have to admit that my photoshop skills were so feeble that it took me an hour to figure out how, but I got it.
I’m also considering making a few purchases of prints I’ve been eyeing for a while on Etsy. I like buying from Etsy sellers to support independent artists and crafters. And these two are really very lovely.
I know that an art collection is supposed to grow over time, with travel and with changing tastes. But considering that I am essentially starting from scratch here, I think it’s time to buy a few key pieces that strike my interest initially.
I love these two because they’re unique. They’re something I could certainly not recreate on my own. And I think their vibrant colors would add a lot of interest to my as-yet very neutral room. What do you think?
P.S., I’ve been keeping a running list of things that I like for the living room on Pintrest. For people like me that are constantly seeing things online that I like/covet/want to remember, it’s a really easy way to collect links and view them all in one place. I think It’s just the best.