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Ideas for the Walls

I don't know about you, but I love home grown art. Maybe because I'm also an artist. But mostly because art you create yourself is a direct reflection of you. There will be no other like it anywhere but in your home. It's not that hard to create and frame and you can totally control the color, subject and size yourself. Here are some ideas for the walls that are easy to create yourself.

You can paint the image yourself or pull out your digital camera and snap some images around your home, of your family, your pets, whatever you want. They can be small prints, made larger with oversized mats and frames, or they can even be blown up professionally into larger images. These look their best when the mats and the frames are the same. It gives the finished grouping a feeling of unity.

 Mount decorative fabrics to masonite boards. Or if you don't want to cut up the fabric (as it might fray) you can scan the fabric and print off your scan in any size you want. Then mount the printed image on masonite or other hard surface suitable for hanging. Another way to get this look is to use large 12"x12" tiles. There are companies around that will take any image (photograph, fabric, just about anything) and transfer the image onto a tile for you. Costs are minimal and they make a fantastic wall grouping. Use them in the kitchen or bathrooms.

Most arts and crafts stores, and even your local framer, will probably have some masonite boxes all ready to receive your images. The boxes give the project a three-dimensional look rather than hanging flat against the wall.

How about taking three (try to always work in odd numbers) glass bowls and arranging them artistically on the wall? This type of arrangement isn't done very often and that's what makes it really stunning and unexpected. A glass maker can make them ready for hanging for you. All you have to do is decide how to arrange them.

Look for ways to express your personality that go beyond the ordinary. Accessories are very important because, more than anything else you have in your home, they show your unique personality or image and that of your family.

If you need help in arranging your accessories or creating interesting wall groupings, contact one of our interior redesign trainees from our directory. We have trainees in every state in the country. Click here to find one near you: International Staging and Redesign Directory

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