Happy Finish It Friday! Today, I’m tackling our hallway art dilemma.
This stairway wall has always been a dilemma for me. It’s an odd size, with trim defining the area. I’ve tried different arrangements of art and photographs there, with no good result so far. Here’s a look at the evolution:
First, I tried a gallery of random art:
But it didn’t work. I loved each piece, and putting them all together like this minimized the impact of each one. They each needed their own space. Back to the drawing board…
Here’s attempt #2: framed holiday cards.
Not bad, but too boring. The white frames against the white wall was too, well, white. Blah. Boring. Yawn. Back to the drawing board…
Attempt #3: When in doubt, try typography/letters.
Not enough. I liked the mirror there but, with the letters, there was an even number of stuff there and that doesn’t work; odd is better in a collection. It looked wrong. Not enough color. Not enough there. Back to the drawing board…
I then backed up a bit and reconsidered how I wanted to handle this space. A lot of little things doesn’t work because it makes it look busy and the little things tend to just not show up individually. None has enough weight to make a statement and, together, it just looks cluttered. So I thought, “What if I went big?”
Go big or go home, right? That’s what I did. I went to Ikea and found these posters, ranging in cost from 99 cents to $7.99, and the frames. I chose coordinating, bright colors, with a nature theme. The bright colors work with the pop of color in the wall space under the stairs (from this post).
I started with the biggest frame and poster at the bottom and worked up to the smallest one.
Trees, birds, butterflies. Odd number. Each creates its own impact. They coordinate in color and theme. So far, so good.
I’m still pondering the letter/typography idea, but I need to find letters for each of us and not just me (I have a bunch of Ks) and our last name. And I’m not sure it wouldn’t be too cluttered with all the letters there.
Then there’s the elephant in the room (or hallway, as it were), which is that I hate the color of the oak banister. One day I’ll stain the banisters a dark color, or paint them (another dilemma!), but that’s another project for another day.
What do you think? What would you do in this space?