Pearl’s new bedroom is at that looking-worse-before-it-looks-better stage. My husband has pulled up the old carpet, pried the skirting boards off the wall and started laying the bamboo floor. Meanwhile Pearl and I (aided and abetted by the cat) have been busy planning a gallery wall of her own paintings and drawings.
I love seeing children’s artwork displayed in a home. I love the color and energy and confidence of kids' paintings. I love that it brings a uniquely personal touch to a room. And most of all, I love that it sends out a strong, positive message to children that their work is highly valued.
Every spare inch of our fridge door is covered with my children's drawings, but until now I'd never got around to framing any of it properly or displaying it outside of the kitchen. So, I made a quick trip to IKEA and picked up a stack of RIBBA and NYTTJA frames, then we sorted through some of her recent pictures.
It is amazing how adding a mount and a frame can transform something from a casual doodle done in five minutes at the dining room table to a real live piece of art. And oh my goodness, how proud was my little girl to see her pictures in proper frames! No amount of praise could achieve that same boost of confidence.
I can't wait to get into Pearl's new bedroom and start arranging them on the wall, though I am wondering whether Maxwell's 57" rule for hanging art holds true if the room is for a child or whether I should go lower?
MORE OF REBECCA'S STYLE CURE
- Rebecca's Color + Project: Choosing Fabrics
- Rebecca's Floorplan: Nailing the Layout
- Rebecca's Before Photos: The Saddest Room in the House
- Rebecca's Style Scouting: A Riot of Color and Pattern
- Rebecca & Pearl's Interview: A Clash of Styles
And check out my Style Cure Pinterest board here.