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Hanging Pictures


I often get people asking me how to properly hang pictures. Here are my guidelines.

CHRISTINE’S 10 PICTURE HANGING GUIDELINES:

  1. Artwork should not be wider than the piece of furniture below it and if narrower then it should be at least half the length.
  2. If narrower, then it should be accompanied by smaller pieces of art work or other pieces (irons, plants) hung so it is centered according to the larger piece.
  3. Artwork groupings should be spaced no further than 8” apart and no closer than 3”.
  4. The bottom of the artwork should never be so far away from the furniture item below it that it no longer can relate. Hang it generally no more than 6”-10” away.
  5. If you are hanging a picture above a table that will have items on it such as picture frames or a vase, make sure that the picture will not be blocked completely by these items, a little bit is ok but you don’t want to over crowd the area.
  6. When hanging multiple pictures make sure the frames either coordinate or complement each other. A simple black frame could ook silly next to a chunky ornate gold frame.
  7. Hang artwork of similar styles & coloring together.
  8. Smaller pictures looks best when hung in a group, either all lined up or mixed around and hung with other artwork of different sizes
  9. Heavier pieces of artwork should be hung below lighter pieces, whether it’s heavy in size, weight or color.
  10. When it doubt either tape off the frame size or cut paper the sizes of your artwork and tape it to the wall. This is so you can see what it would look like BEFORE you put holes in your wall.

Design Trends for 2011


With our economy in the dumps what we are all wanting is to remember happier times. With that what you will most likely see as a leading design trend for 2011 are throw backs. Look for newer versions of 1940’s design, Tudor to Elizabethan and some Tribal & Native American influences. Also animal and whimsical prints will be hanging around but beware of going overboard.

There will be a lot more mixing of old with new as people try to bring life back to their older. Also a lot more focus and use out of “grandma’s antique chair”, thus reminding us of the past and of happy family moments.

Watch out for colors that will aim to inspire and will be bolder and brighter while still using those subtle hues and classic neutrals.

Sincerely,

Christine Craig

Owner & Principal Designer of Designology Santa Barbara

http://www.DesignSB.com

COLOR TRENDS 2011 BY DUNN EDWARDS

Look for a lot of softer pastels as people seek to bring a sense of calm to their homes and offices. Bold colors such a jewel tones will still be featured but will be shown in a more subtle display than before.

FABRIC PRINTS BY GREENHOUSE DESIGNS

A bit of whimsy, traditional, modern and good old basics look well placed together if done  correctly.

RECYCLED BARN SIDING FLOORING

This weathered barn siding has been reused to become a rustic hardwood flooring. The flooring is made up primarily of white oak but with some red oak pieces mixed in and being outside and exposed to the elements has aided in creating a grayed patina look that translates beautifully into hardwood flooring. This is a perfect way to reuse something that would normally be thrown away and to bring a sense of warmth to your surroundings.

REUPHOLSTERY

Not many people have the money to spend on furnishings like they use to. Instead make something old new again. If you already have some old furniture you can reupholster you are already ahead of the game if not hit those yard sales and thrift stores for hidden gems. Jazz up an antique chair by adding a bold and fun print. A little sanding and refinishing never hurts either.

1940’s INSPIRED KITCHEN

Bringing the past into the future is not a new concept but this oldie but goody is definitely making it’s way back into our homes and hearts.

RETRO CHIC BEDROOM

A sense of calm mixed with drama creates a fun flair that does not go overboard and looks clean and fresh.

TRIBAL WHIMSY

Definitely more dramatic and it shouldn’t be used everywhere unless you love chaos. Use items seen in this room sparingly. Remember you can always add, it’s much more difficult to take away.

ENGLISH TUDOR GROTTO REPRODUCTION

Warm, elegant and comfortable. There is something so comforting about being surrounded by well tailored and aged elements. Mix dark with light and keep those family memories alive by surrounding your living room, study or game room with nostalgia games and well read books. Also don’t forget good lighting is key!

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Red, White & Blue Interiors


Patriotism in the air today! “American” colors (i.e. red, white & blue) have always provided a fun way of adding some kick to any decorating scheme. The colors when paired together are cool, crisp and summery.  In honor of the 4th of July, here are some inspiring American themed interiors. Enjoy!!

Via: Coastal Living Magazine

Red,White and Blue boy Kids Room Design-Latest Trends and Best Color Combination

Via: http://www.hgtv.com/

Via: http://simplifiedbee.blogspot.com/2009/06/shes-grand-ole-flag-july-4th-decor.html

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Via: http://interiorconceptsbywanda.blogspot.com/2009_06_14_archive.html

Via: http://everythingleb.blogspot.com/2009/06/born-in-usa.html

Via: http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/favorite-red-white-blue-posts-for-4th-of-july–120585?image_id=1550088

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!!

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