Thursday, July 1, 2010

Art Master

I started planning what to do with the wall art in our master bedroom immediately after remaking our bed with the new bedding I shared with you a few days ago.

The first time I decorated our bedroom, I purchased these square grid photo frames. I originally bought one not knowing exactly what photos I was going to put in it or where it was going to go, but almost instantly when I got home I thought it would look cool if I lined up three of them above our headboard. So, the next time I was at the store, I snagged two more and if you can believe it, they had just been put on clearance. (I know, I'm one of the luckiest girls alive.)

After having them hung up, my next dilemma was deciding what to put in those empty spaces. The combination of the slats in our headboard, footboard, and empty frames made my head spin, so I needed something fast. Seeing as that they were going above our bed, I wasn't too thrilled with framing pictures of our family and friends, and I didn't think filling them with photos of us would look any better. (The words shrine, stalker, and creepy joined the spinning in my head.) So, I created some quick and easy art on my computer. You can see in this picture what I designed to match our previous red bedding, basic color backgrounds with thin bars of complementary and contrasting colors.

Up until now, these had been my art of choice however, with the new color scheme and design direction, I had to change it up. I played around with designing thin stripes and mimicking the geometric embroidery and birds on the decorative pillows, but I had a hard time thinking of something I absolutely loved. So, I printed sheets of solid colors, cut them up, and designed something on the fly.

I used the top of our bed, which the colors were pulled from, to try out various compositions of the blocks until I was happy with the balance and then started popping them in.

The interesting thing about these frames is that inside each square frame a groove has been cut, which holds the edges of the photo, or in my case, the art.

When a 5x7" is placed in, it curves slightly, adding dimension, texture, and a sculptural quality to whatever is framed.

When I designed the red art, I chose to alternate between horizontal and vertical placement, creating a weaving look, but this time I wanted more simplicity, so I positioned them all horizontally, mirroring the tiny stripes in our comforter. I also think it looks like rippling water, which I love!

So, what do you think about our refreshed, and better yet, free art?

I would have to say the best part is that if I have an art epiphany a few weeks from now I can swap out the old for the new in a few short minutes. (Or if I change our bedding again, it will be just as simple.) Anybody else have an art piece you can rotate with your changing decor, seasons, days, weather, or mood?


  1. What are the dimensions of the frames?

  2. Love this!! Where did you purchase the frames?? Thank you!


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