Your home is much more than simply a place to live. Adding colour and art to your apartment is a great way to transform a rental apartment into a home.
Hanging Art 101
Beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder, which is why so many things can be considered art. Children’s school crafts, photographs taken on vacation, and even embroidered items can become wonderful displays.
Hanging art requires a few tools such as a hammer, a measuring tape, and an inexpensive picture hanging kit, which includes nails, screws and other pieces.
Hanging pictures or paintings at the perfect, centred spot on the wall is an art in and of itself. In a room with standard 8-foot high ceilings, it is ideal to hang artwork between 57’’ to 60’’ off the floor for viewing. Hanging art above a couch requires about 6’’ to 8’’ of space between the bottom of the artwork and the top of the couch. For home design ideas on hanging wall art, check out this website.
If you plan on creating a gallery wall within your apartment, the first thing to do is gather all the artwork you’d like to display. Play around with the arrangement on the ground and once you like the look, take a picture. For ease of hanging, create a template of the pictures you wish to hang by cutting scraps of newspapers into the sizes of your art. Tape them to the wall and when you are ready to hang your pictures, hammer nails through for an easy guide.
To hang art without causing damage to the walls, consider using an alternative to nails such as Command Picture Hanging Strips.
DIY Art for your kid’s room
Do it yourself room art projects are a great way to get your kids involved in creating something beautiful and memorable. Another added bonus to DIY kid’s room art projects is that they are fairly inexpensive.
Framing the Classics
Cutting out (or colour copying) a page from any of your child’s favourite illustrated books and framing it makes an easy piece of wall art that is meaningful and attractive.
Your child’s initials can easily be transformed from wooden letters to awesome wall art. Begin with a wooden letter from your local Michael’s or another craft store. Add some personal touches like glittering rhinestones, spray paint or cover it with yarn. Whatever you and your child choose, it is sure to make a personal statement.
With an inexpensive canvas and some acrylic paint from the local dollar store, your children can make some pretty neat wall art. On a table covered in plastic or newspaper, have them dip their hand in paint (make sure it’s washable) then press down on the canvas. They will be left with a memory of the fun time and a reminder of how small their hand once was.
How to create art that inspires
A piece of art can do more than just add colour or texture to a room. Inspirational artwork creates an uplifting atmosphere, encouraging a positive, welcoming feeling in your apartment.
Do you have a favourite quote or phrase? Transfer your favourite words of encouragement onto a canvas to display. This DIY Canvas Word Art offers step-by-step instructions to create an inspirational painted canvas, including how to make your own stencil using your computer and printer. Safely display your project using this helpful guide.
Pallet wood sign
Wood pallets can be used as a trendy decorating tool. Add a little rustic charm to your room with this DIY Pallet Wood Sign project. Similar to the DIY Canvas Word Art activity, this craft allows you to decorate with inspiring words to set the tone in your living space or bedroom.
A seaside retreat is one way to feel refreshed and inspired. But what if your schedule or your budget does not offer the wiggle room for an immediate beach vacation? Create a seascape canvas to hang in your home.
Practice gratitude to discover a new sense of inspiration. A DIY Gratitude Tree is a unique art project that can be displayed on a mantel, bookshelf or bedside table. This is an arts and crafts project that keeps giving, with opportunities to add new slips of paper with thoughts of gratitude all year long.
Simple ways to add bold colour to your apartment
For a great way to incorporate bold colours into any space, textiles are an easy addition. A colourful rug with a bold print can be nicely paired with throw pillows in matching colours or similar designs. If your bedroom could use a little sprucing up, a colourful duvet cover may be all that you need to infuse some boldness into the room. Bathrooms are also great spaces to play around with colours, consider hanging hand towels in bold hues like royal blue or lime green.
Accent furniture pieces
Have an old bookshelf, chair or dresser that lacks visual interest? Turn it into a colourful, bold statement piece by revamping it yourself. Pinterest is a great social media site that can give you tons of ideas such as this bold dresser makeover.
Bold pieces of art are an easy way to bring colour into your apartment. Scour the neighbourhood for garage sales or visit the local thrift store. You might get lucky and find some brightly coloured pieces that are ready to hang or others that need work. If you see a picture with a unique frame, consider picking it up and refurbishing the frame by spray painting it in a bright colour. Add your own art inside for a truly one-of-a-kind statement piece.
How to balance colour in your apartment
It may seem odd to reduce home decor to a formula, but following the 80/20 rule can help you find the right colour balance – while still leaving room for you to express yourself as an individual. The rule simply states that each room should have 20% “high colour” to 80% neutral colour. This can be tricky to implement in a rented apartment where permanently altering the colours of the walls is not allowed – but it’s doable! The walls can remain neutral – that’s 80% of the work done for you! The other 20% can be achieved through colourful textiles, pillows, throws and area rugs, as well as colourful books and artwork.
Keep it in the family
It’s important to stay within ‘colour families’ if you want to achieve a balance of colour in your home decor. Work with hues and shades within the same family. Blues can range from cobalt to turquoise, but when balanced with enough neutrality as a base, it keeps a space from feeling too noisy or busy.
Blue and white always feels right
If you find yourself with no idea of what “high colour” you want to go with, remember that blue and white always feels right. It never goes out of style and the family of colours, as listed above, can vary from rich to whimsical. It can create the same balanced feeling as black and white, but without the high contrast harshness.
Make proper arrangements
A room that feels colour balanced, versus one that feels busy, can come down to simple placement. If you’re getting your ‘high colour’ from accessories, make sure they are on varied planes. Rearranging the placement of a few appropriately coloured pillows or books can soften a room and tell a completely different story.
Panoramic Properties hopes that these tips help you live a more colourful life.