6/1/11

NO MORE BORING WALLS! UNPREDICTABLE...

Ordinary is boring. 
 More often than not, we walk into a home and know what to expect. 
The wall over the sofa will have a mirror or a painting. 

The same thing over the bed, and the same thing over the mantel,

and if there is another blank wall,
well - expect a mirror or framed art.  
Not that I'm saying its a bad thing.
 I love mirrors and paintings....
but I also love a little bit of the unexpected now and then...

The unexpected is exciting. 
It gets your juices flowing. 
It's creative. 
It's fun..... 
so how about some fun?

 Childrens rooms allow us to be a little more creative -
we relax the rules in our heads a little....
I found an abundance of perfectly unique ideas for dressing a wall
while exploring rooms for the short people in our lives...
and some of these applications are suitable for adult rooms

HOW ABOUT MAPS ?
How fabulous for a child's room . . . . the whole world at his fingertips

Or... the whole of the United States....

Ohdeedoh


a collection of vintage globes enhances the map decor
theindigoandcompany.blogspot.com

To translate this idea to a more adult setting
take a map of your favorite spot and break it up into multiple simple frames

http://www.restoredstyle.com/


HAVE YOU TRIED VINYL?
http://www.bambinidesignonline.com/

Fun bubbles of color!
vinyl decals rub on easily and are easy to remove
with no damage to your wall or paint

http://www.squidoo.com/
Add a little culture...


http://www.weedecor.com/
 Or a little nature...






set their imaginations soaring....



or add a simple monogram 



Vinyl decals are a great way to fill a wall with wonder. 
and they adapt well to grown-up spaces.

Some vinyl  ideas for the 'tall' people in your life....


http://www.mochatini.org/
http://www.indigoandcompany.blogspot.com/
WE ARE ALL FAMILIAR WITH PAINT!

When it comes to our children's rooms, 
we allow ourselves to be more creative with paint and bolder with color. 
http://www.teamsugar.com/
Spark your little ones imaginations with a mural.

http://www.boingboing.net/

 Paint is the least expensive way to get creative!
Artistically challenged???
all that is needed to create color blocks
is the ability to tape a straight line


create diamonds with 2" tape on a feature wall

or try simple stripes




http://www.talkinterior.com/

Those same stripes are fabulous in grown-up spaces, too


http://www.abodelove.com/


http://www.babyarka.com/

 paint can turn a whole wall into a giant blackboard



http://www.itsthelittlethingsthatmakeahouseahome.blogspot.com/

(don't think this would work for me - I just keep thinking "chalk dust...")


 although I find this combination adorable



Consider this option for an adult space



One of my favorite wall treatment ideas...
DIMENSIONAL ART!

try alphabets...

theres just something appealing about a giant, colorful alphabet collage


http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/
 I admit, I'm a little smitten with this idea
http://www.myriverviewcottage.blogspot.com/

they can be fun, colorful and dimensional


or monochromatic and more sophisticated

Not to be limited to children's spaces, alphabets are not just kids stuff...

Pottery Barn

http://www.dailysuze.com/

http://www.stylefiles.com/
HOW ABOUT COLLECTIONS ?
 Kids walls are also great places to display more dimensional collections

VT Cottage Living
 I love the graphic pop of these vintage flash cards


http://www.trendirs.com/

Collections always have more impact when displayed together


In a child's room, creativity has no bounds. 
You can create a wall clock that takes up the entire wall -
with half globes and a clock kit



or create a habitat for your feathered friends


This Pottery Barn room shows all the reasons dimensional art is a great medium for walls.  How perfect is this room - including the boat bed, of course!

I also love the combination of dimensional objects with framed art or photos






 Dimensional art makes for a very interesting - definitely NOT boring - walls

shoe box lids hold a child's rock collection

 in family areas, dimensional art is a great way to display collections
BASKETS


http://www.stylefiles.com/

Elle Decor

PLATES





or whatever you collect....


 The memory blocks created by Sid Dickens create beautiful dimensional art displays
http://www.siddickens.com/

http://www.siddickens.com/
 FRAMED ART PLUS OBJECTS

 adding dimensional items to a wall of framed photos or art adds interest

http://www.potterybarn.com/



http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/

CREATE YOUR OWN ART

http://www.thecraftingchicks.com/
Dividing a favorite photo of your child in their favorite activity into panels is a wonderful way to add art to their room, and even better, it promotes self esteem and pleasant memories


Photos are also wonderful additions to family and grown-up areas

http://www.instructables.com/
divide and blow up to the size you want, paste onto boards or canvases

You can decoupage graphic paper onto boards and group together to create a larger work of art
(considering the amount of wallpaper and scrapbook paper available
its safe to say the sky is the limit on this type of artwork)
just imagine the possibilities

http://www.sassysanctuary.blogspot.com/

this also translates well to other areas in the home


Embroidery hoops filled with fabrics add a colorful pop


and if you really have a lot of time on your hands
you can cover a wall in jigsaw puzzle pieces
(I think it looks amazing)

http://www.ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/
 or doodle your own wallpaper with a Sharpie.
Now, that's patience!

How are your creative juices now?



Best wishes,

Claudine

























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