Wallpaper is a fantastic way to dress up a bland wall, but its artistic design can pose a problem when you want to display artwork on that same wall. In fact, this dilemma can pose real design headaches for experienced professional designers, not to mention the at-home designer. Fortunately, there are a few rules of thumb to guide you through this home decor challenge.
How to Combine Wallpaper and Artwork: The Do's
Before you commit to hanging artwork on a wallpapered wall, you should be sure that you will like the visual impact. With ordinary drywall, it is not difficult to patch over a hole and repaint a small area as long as you have kept a sample of the paint on hand. With wallpaper, however, it is nearly impossible to cover up or hide a hole once it has been made. Aside from placing the hole to hang your frame in a busy area of the wallpaper so that it is less noticeable should you have a change of heart, here are a few more do's for combining wallpaper and artwork.
How Not to Combine Wallpaper and Artwork: The Don'ts
As mentioned above, putting artwork on top of wallpaper can be a commitment. Be sure that you know what not to do before taking on this project. Your walls, and sanity, will thank you for it!
Combining wallpaper and artwork is a difficult task, but when done well, the results speak for themselves. As a final tip, collect pictures of artwork hung on top of wallpaper that appeal to you, and then try to determine what those pictures have in common. Looking at the designs of others is often the best way to reveal your own design tastes before dedicating yourself to a project.
Choosing artwork in colors that opposes the color of the wallpaper is risky. Here it works because the furniture in the room mimics the bold colors of the artwork and also matches the wallpaper, making the look cohesive.
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