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  • Have you ever struggled with trying to find the perfect piece of art only to discover it's the wrong size for that wall? Two of our Shop the Look designers, SLC Interiors and B. Pila Design Studio, are here to give you expert answers to all those wall art challenges. Keep reading to find the answers to your biggest dilemmas.
  • 1. When is it better to use mirrors instead of artwork?

    Small spaces can benefit from mirrors because they can make rooms seem larger. Mirrors are also a great way to reflect a view or interesting moment in the space. They also help reflect more natural light into a dark space. -SLC Interiors

    You use mirrors when you want to add the feeling of depth and width in a space. Think of mirrors as a window, which acts as an opener to the room. I also love using mirrors to strategically reflect a fun accent color on an opposite wall or a stunning window view that you want guests facing an opposite wall to enjoy. -B. Pila Design Studio

    2. What are some rules with regards to size when selecting artwork?

    Big and bold provides more impact, but you can also do a great collection of small and medium pieces. Just be careful if you are using small pieces on a large wall because they have the tendency of looking lonely. -SLC Interiors

    I have a tendency to go large because it makes the biggest impact. For smaller works, cluster them or create a gallery to make one statement piece. I once had a client with many Warhol paintings, yet their open room layout and rows of oceanfront windows left minimal wall space to hang them all. I decided to combine them on one wall to create a floor-to-ceiling installation. This ultimately created a more stunning effect than if they were scattered throughout the home. -B. Pila Design Studio

  • 3. Should wall art be selected first or last when redecorating a room?

    The art can be either the first or last piece selected when designing a room. If you base a room around a piece of art, it should be a visually strong piece. -SLC Interiors

    I've done it both ways. It really doesn't make a huge difference unless you are trying to make a statement with the art. I've had several clients with museum-quality collections, which I've based almost the whole project around. With commercial projects, I tend to select art work in the beginning phases, because it's more important for the brand to coordinate with the tone of the space.

    With personal collections, however, fine art doesn't have to necessarily "match" with everything. It's more impactful to select a piece because you love it and it expresses who you are instead of trying to match your furnishings. Therefore, take your time in selecting these pieces and add them when you can. -B. Pila Design Studio
  • 4. What are some inexpensive artwork DIY's for a homeowner on a budget?

    Showcase the artistic talents of your friends and family! -SLC Interiors

    They sell great photo frames already with large mats. They are clean, simple and much less expensive than getting a work custom framed. You can fill these frames with wrapping paper in beautiful graphic colors or even your personal digital photography.

    If you are daring, buy a canvas and drip paint from overhead and watch it do its own thing. Voila, you now have a Jackson Pollock! -B. Pila Design Studio
  • 5. What is the process for creating an art wall?

    If you are going for an eclectic or vintage shabby chic look you can tightly group the pieces of art. For something more modern and fresh, have all the frames match and organize them into a series. -SLC Interiors

    First you need the proper tools: removable paint tape, a good level, a nice sturdy measuring tape, hammer and nail picture hooks (some extra spackle compound won't hurt either to cover up any errors). Then use the floor as your canvas, arranging the works in the way you like. Take a photo, the measurements, and transfer to the wall by first outlining with the paint tape. -B. Pila Design Studio

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