Picture walls are always a challenge. Getting the arrangement and spacing just right always takes careful calculation. In the past we’ve shown general Ways to Hang Picture Walls. I also walked through my planning for the Antique Print Picture Wall in our apartment after I purchased a set of six fruit lithographs at auction. When we moved, I rearranged the same set of lithos on a Kitchen Picture Wall.
One approach I had never considered is a 3D wall made by combing pictures with moldings or shallow shelves. This approach really brings a wall to life. Depending on size and what there is to hang, moldings can be placed in various ways. Since vertical lines emphasize height, the upright strips at even intervals over the long red picture [top] help raise the ceiling visually. They also create an actual grid for placing the frames so the pictures don’t float on the wall as usual. Matching the color and style of frames and moldings creates a cohesive look, floor to ceiling, over this entire wall. Moldings also tie into the baseboard and should tie into the crown molding as well to finish off the look neatly.
With any complex wall, the moldings must be nailed into perfectly calculated spots. To scale drawings and accurate measurements – checked and double checked top and bottom — are essential to getting it right.
A simpler wall can be created with one shallow shelf that has a lip. The shelf sits more or less at the level of a chair rail here, though it can be higher. The height should relate to the ceiling and other horizontal aspects in the room. Pictures can be hung above and below the shelf and even propped on it, leaning against the wall. Additionally, small objects can be displayed though I would opt for more decorative choices than a sample pot of paint, a fan deck or a jar of pencils. Even though one might not want to copy this idea, it’s one that can be adapted easily and it would be excellent in a child’s room. The key to its success, after careful planning, is the placement and artful mix of objects — which personalizes the space and makes the idea your own.
(Source: paulraeside, domicile id)
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