Rachel has a question for the crowd: This sort of ties in to the post on clustering frames not too long ago, but I still hope you can help me out...throughout college, I've always decorated my dorm/apartment walls with cheap art prints and art postcards. The images brighten up my drab walls but also have sentimental value (some were purchased while traveling abroad, etc).
However, I'll soon be moving into my first post-college apartment, and I know that the current design is not going portray the look I want ...
...(the tape is bothersome, etc.) Is there a way to display these images in a similar cluster, but in a way that would work in a post-college apartment, or am I better off starting over with a more adult look?
If the images you've been collecting during your college years really do have sentimental value for you, why not start with what you love? Simply matting (an inexpensive DIY) and framing (second hand frames will do) can make a huge difference in how your collection is perceived.
We think frames are key to making a clustered look work - by varying up the sizes, weights and even colors of the frames and mats it becomes a much more intentional and interesting installation. A few earlier posts on the subject:
- Clustered Frames Examples (great reader comments on this one)
- How To: Hang Artwork in Clusters
- Reader's Artwork Clusters
- Clustered Artwork Revisted...plus two cool bedrooms
Please add your advice and ideas for Rachel in the comments...