Archive | Picture Walls

Visual strategies and ideas for displaying art, mirrors and other hangings on walls throughout the house.

Interior Photo Murals

Oversize rose blossom wall mural - Lonny Mag via Atticmag

Large-scale images have the power of scale to dominate the look and the mood of interior spaces.

It’s easier than ever to transform a room in a few hours with very little mess by applying a large-scale to the wall. Increasingly today, these are digitally printed, come in workable panels have self-adhesive and often removable properties. Digital printing has been the game-changer for photo murals because it allows photos to be printed in very large formats rather economically. This is not your mom’s wallpaper or even her collectible art.

Views of Paris have been popular since the 17th century. As architectural landscapes they were often monochromatic etchings or prints done in a series and, of course, the format was relatively small.… Continue Reading


Master Bath Picture Wall

European etching collection via Atticmag

A collection of European etchings, in an unlikely place, creates a relaxing atmosphere.

I have this thing for vintage etchings, but not just any etching.  It must have one or more of the following:  a lake, stream or pond is a given;  a bridge – arched stone bridges are favorites ; and a structure with architectural interest.  A few years ago, Jane gave a tour of our Alabama Stone Cottage which showed a vintage plate collection hanging over my vanity in the master bath [bottom].  The fruit and hand painted floral pieces were displayed in the dining room of our last house. … Continue Reading


Dining Room Picture Wall

magazine page picture wall in dining room nearly complete

Re-purposing magazine pages provided me with colorful “art” at no added cost.

Last week, I showed the progress I’d made on the magazine picture wall I had been planning for the wood-paneled wall over the dry sink in my dining room/sunroom. The 8-foot-wide by 5-foot-high space sits between two sets of French doors, one that leads into the living room and the into the kitchen.

The quirk is that it only can be seen from when someone is facing away from the view outdoors instead of through one of the 13 windows that overlook the yard and the woods. As a result, the pictures reflect light and even objects in the yard.… Continue Reading


Picture Wall Geometry

narrow stairwell hung with pictures and objects on three walls

When walls have odd shapes, the trick is filling in the gaps.

When faced with a space that isn’t strictly square or rectangular due to a staircase or a diagonal ceiling line, hanging pictures gets tricky. So it’s helpful to see how others handle similar display issues. A clapboard barn/work studio in the California wine country [top] was furnished as an inviting living space by designer Patrick Printy, a former Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma art director. The mostly triangular window wall, hung with 33 separate pieces of art (many with a nautical theme), is an artful juggling act with so many pieces of different sizes.… Continue Reading


Graphic Striped Walls

brown and gold horizontal striped Verve wallpaper by Graham & Brown

Horizontal or vertical, high contrast stripes offer maximum impact for the decorating dollar.

Sometimes it’s difficult to track how we develop our tastes for interior design. There’s certainly nothing in my background to explain why I’m drawn to big bold striped walls except that they look like color field paintings. For me, that may be the point. High contrast graphic walls function like integral art. There’s not much else needed (though that never stopped anyone from hanging things over them).

Whether striped walls are made with paint or wallpaper isn’t a big issue. What counts is the result, readily seen in the man-cave created by New York designer Robert Passal’s for a well-known sports figure [top].… Continue Reading


Boho Walls

Jason Wu's atelier with newspaper print wallpaper

Painted, pasted up or wallpapered, all fancifully embellished. Why not?

For the past year I’ve been clipping out lush photos of plants, flowers and other objects to the end of inexpensively framing magazine pages for a picture wall. One of my original inspirations was the hallway of an English dower house [top], home to a famous 20th century gardener and photographer, Valerie Finnis, and her art-collector husband Sir David Scott. Extremely quirky and cluttered, the pages were simply pasted on the wall, slightly overlapping, just below the original servants’ bells.

Equally eccentric are the paint-decorated floral walls that simply absorb the effect of horizontal wood paneling and play to an unused doorway stuffed with a large mirror and adorned with smaller ones, too.… Continue Reading