Decorating your Green Home: Adorning Walls

Adorning Your "Green" Walls

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Pictures  and  wall accessories make your new green walls a home. 

There are two fundamental points to remember when hanging art:

1. A large picture should not to be any larger than the furniture or furniture grouping beneath it.

2. A small picture should not be hung by itself on a large wall.


Most people hang pictures too high.

The basic rule for positioning a picture: Hang it so that the eye of the viewer looks into the main area of interest. In  living  and dining areas, the viewer is usually  seated.  In hallways and foyers, the viewer is standing.

A small, low-ceiling room will seem larger if you hang pictures about 4 inches lower than the average eye level. This works best when  the  furniture  stands away from the wall  and  you  aren’t visually  measuring  the picture placement against a  sofa  or  a chest.


Pictures, like people, need not always be single. Cluster several pictures for an interesting arrangement. A  random assortment of pictures will work well together if  they share a predominant color: all gray tones or all black and white photographs.

Another way to unify a collection is to use identical mats and/or frames. A  blank  wall can become a focus of interest if you  hang  small objects with interesting silhouettes, or colors. For example,  a collection of small masks or locks and keys.

Vertical  arrangements of pictures will make a room seem  higher, just as horizontal ones will make an area appear wider.

To  create  an attractive picture arrangement for  a  large  wall area, cut paper templates the same size as the pictures you  plan to  hang. Move the templates around on the wall, attaching  them with  masking tape, until you arrive at a  pleasing  composition. Mark the pictures’ positions lightly with a pencil.


Hardware  stores and frame shops sell picture hooks  in  packages that  indicate  the  maximum weight that  each  hook  will  hold. So…before hanging a picture or mirror, find out its weight. If  it weighs less than five pounds, simply nail on a  sawtooth hanger. If the picture or mirror weighs more than five pounds, attach two screw eyes and braided picture wire. If the frame is extra-heavy, put two screw eyes on each side  and use two picture hooks. Nail the hooks into the studs.


Mirrors  are  more than a wall hanging. They:

  • Widen and heighten space.

  • Intensify  lighting.

  • Reflect lighting.

  • Give off a shine that complements contemporary  interiors.

  • Mask all wall defects.

  • Make a bedroom or any other room seem sensual.

Position  a mirror so that a person of average height  looks directly into it. However, if you plan to use the mirror primarily for decorative effect–for example, over a mantel–its height  is less critical.

Other hints for mirror uses:

1. Mirrors are an excellent backdrop for collections; they show off collections beautifully.

2. Make  a  small room look twice its size  by  mirroring  an entire  wall.

3. For the best effect, place your furniture, such as a dining table, directly against the mirrored wall. This way, your table or other furniture will look twice as long.


Artwork  is expensive. Take the time and money to mat and  frame it properly, or go to a professional.

Rules of thumb: A  fragile-looking picture needs a frame about 1/2 inch  wide,  a medium picture can use a frame up to two inches wide. A  large, strong picture needs a bold, wider frame.


Instead of hanging a painting on a wall, display it on an  easel. It’s a clever way of filling a corner. It also make a painting or print gain importance, even look like a masterpiece.

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