As you know the latest room in our house to have a makeover was our en-suite. As happens when you are a busy family and on a budget, not everything get done all at once, and a room needs tweaks, and sometimes you just need to live with it a while to see if it needs anything else.
The tiling really is the main colour and pattern in the room, which is only very small. I love the clean vintage look, but after a little deliberation I decided that the final stage was to add a small collection of art to the main wall.
I wanted to keep it vintage looking, use the white and silver elements of the en-suite, but also to add the colours from the tiling into the collection of wall art. I used a lovely Paris print from Piccoli, which I framed with a really inexpensive white frame from The Range. I also used two zinc frames from Culture Vulture Direct and a frame I picked up recently at an event from Ikea, adding my own artwork into the later three frames.
2. Culture Vulture Direct Zinc Frames £9.99 each – Art work inside my own, made with my Cricut Explore for free.
3. Ikea Box Frame £3.50 – Art work inside my own, made with my Cricut Explore for the cost of a small square of vinyl.
The Paris print couldn’t be more perfect as it has all of the colours from the tiles in it, and really keeps with the vintage theme. Also kinda romantic I though for off the main bedroom. Though I must admit I’ve never been to Paris, but I’m thinking of going though with the last of my IHG Reward Points.
The Zinc frames, I pondered for some time what to do with. The glass is double-sided, so you can see through them. I needed something that played with that concept. I have collected postcards for some time, not true vintage ones, but ones I pick up when out and about. Using two black and white postcards, one of some old bikes and the other of a girl blowing a dandelion for inside the frames.
I decided to have an experiment with on the cricut machine, and cut out a design, so you could see through to the white wall. The design I cut out was a combination of a feather and a chevron, and its available on the Cricut Design Space . I actually added some of the pieces back to the dandelion one, and I’m really pleased with the final look.
Finally I used my Cricut to cut a design out of some vinyl for the square frame, with the words ‘hello darling’, I’m going to cover this in more detail in another post. It’s also available on the Cricut design space. It really didn’t cost anything but a little time and patience, and a few pence for the vinyl.
Grouping Artwork on a Wall Tips.
My advice, when grouping photographs, paintings or any kind of art work on a wall, is to find yourself a plain surface, to experiment with the layout first. This really will save you time, and make sure you don’t make a mistake that you’ll need to try to rectify later.
Don’t be afraid to use different shapes and styles, but try to keep to a common theme. White and silver were mine. This was quite a subdued choice of colours, so I could get away with using the Paris print to reflect the colours in the tiles.
It helps if you also have a line that eveything ends at. This isn’t really essential, but I like the effect this has, so play around when you are at the grouping stage. I tried to make this the top of my collection, so the top of the cord, lines up with the top of the frame next to it. It gives it a clear ending point. This would work just as well as the base of the grouping.
Have fun with it, grouping artwork in this way, really does give impact to a interior, and visually looks very appealing.