This quaint dining space was designed with a Parisian café in mind. Elegant European rattan bistro chairs surround a mango wood dining table with classic cabriole legs, providing the space with cozy seating. Sunlight floods into the space, while apricot blossoms add to the outdoor bistro feel. Family photographs and vintage objects create an eclectic gallery wall among heirlooms, plants and books, making this space the perfect place to cozy up with a newspaper, croissant and cappuccino.
Cheeky visual artist Vik Muniz often creates artwork out of unexpected materials: trash, chocolate, dust, sugar and in the case of his Medusa Plate, pasta marinara. This "Untitled" ceramic plate is based on one of Muniz's photographs which recreates Italian artist Caravaggio's "Medusa." Have some fun by using this as a serving plate that will reveal its image once the food is removed! BUY IT: $250
Keeping with the natural color palette of the desert environment, this corner of the main salon hides a wet bar featuring hand carved wood. Turning what could be an ordinary and purely functional part of the room into a design feature is a selection of art and accessories that ranges from black and white photographs to charcoal drawings, along with a selection of bones, statues and jewelry. Together they help to accent the desert motif and the world-traveling vibe of the space.
To fill a big blank wall, take your favorite vacation photo and upload it to one of the many sites that now print large format photographs. You can create an impactful, personal work of art that's inexpensive, says Atlanta interior designer and home decor store owner Steve McKenzie. He created this room as part of the makeovers given to families by Dwell with Dignity Atlanta, a nonprofit organization.
To create a comfortable space in this loft's living area, designer brought in a velvet chair that begs to be lounged in. The bold, blue of the sofa adds color to the space and is warmed by the neutral, modern sling chair and polished wood slice coffee table. To give definition to the space, a neutral rug lies below the furniture and a gallery wall of black and white photographs keeps this living area from spilling over into the loft's other spaces.
As seen on season 1 of Sarah Sees Potential, designer Sarah Richardson accented this chic antique sideboard with a small gallery wall of black and white vintage photographs. An added chair rail allowed Sarah to play with two different patterns of wallpaper—a bold, linear design below and a natural, whimsical print above. White dinnerware with vintage-style detailing adds old world charm to the chic table setting.
Turn your summer memories into fall decor by creating leaves with your favorite photographs. Print the photos you want to use in black and white or sepia to give your photos a vintage feel. Shape wire into a few simple leaf veins, place the wire on the back of your photograph, and secure by gluing a blank piece of paper to the back. Make sure to cover all of the wire with paper.
Gallery walls are a wonderful way to display your favorite art and photographs, but they can be a little intimidating, too. If you’re trying to create one with lots of color and varied frames, consider utilizing one accent color that helps to unify the space. In this living room, hits of a cheery coral are found not only within the gallery wall (in both art and frames) but also on upholstered pieces like the desk chair and ottoman. The consistent use of an accent color is what gives the space a cohesive, polished look.
To create this party-ready centerpiece and table, Wendy Hyde of The Shabby Nest first layered kraft paper over a neutral tablecloth and topped it with a black-and-white patterned table runner. "Balloons were tied to chandelier crystals to weigh them down and keep their place on the table," she says. "Pretty mercury-glass votives were placed between the balloons to add ambient lighting." For a personalized touch, each balloon was embellished with photographs, in this case, pictures of the anniversary couple.
Muted spaces are all about a well-balanced, calm aesthetic. Rather than hanging high-energy artwork above the desk, a clean, classic grouping was made with framed photographs and women’s apparel. When grouping art and objects together in a saloon wall style, be sure to take scale and proportion as well as textural values into consideration. All the textures found in the framing, mat and woven hat play well together since they’re all from similar color families. Scale and proportion are kept in check by keeping spacing similar between objects.
When Erin first moved in, the accent wall behind the bed was painted a loud orange tone, the previous tenant's homage to the San Francisco Giants that play just across the street at AT&T Park. To keep the space open and airy, she and Chris painted the walls a classic white (Benjamin Moore 01), then selected a palette of light grays, muted blues and creams. To add a personal touch in keeping with the airy aesthetic of the room, Erin added photographs with special meaning for her and her husband, Chris. "I don't like having photos of people everywhere. I like photos that are more landscape or locale-based, but hold personal meaning," Erin explains. "The photograph print of Outer Banks, North Carolina means a lot to Chris and me because that's where we first met, at a friend's wedding. I gave it to him for our first anniversary. I think it's the perfect inspiration piece for creating a bedroom that's calm, serene and all about Chris and me."