Time for Change!

Sometimes it’s just time for something new! The fireplace in our family room was a case in point. I’d gotten tired of the painting that was there; a print of a Fitz Hugh Lane painting depicting becalmed ships in Gloucester Harbor off of Cape Ann north of Boston. I was fond of it because we’d lived up there for a while and it reminded me of that time, but it was feeling really lifeless to me – I mean, becalmed ships! It was time for a change.


I knew I wanted something round there, and I looked at a lot of round mirrors on Craigslist, but nothing really grabbed me, and I wasn’t really convinced I wanted a mirror anyway. Finally we found a metal sunburst sculpture online that we really liked. We auditioned it by making a newspaper template the same size as the sculpture to make sure it looked proportional to the fireplace.


It took a while to finally decide to order the sculpture – it was kind of expensive. In the meantime I got to like the newspaper; it looked sort of bohemian! But, we finally decided to buy the sculpture as an anniversary gift for ourselves, so we made the leap and ordered it from touchofclass.com. I love all the varieties of metal in it. It’s got silvery, coppery, brassy, rusty looking and even bluish parts.  



And the full view, day and night. It definitely does feel like a great update: much more texture, more lively, much less stale. Yay for making that change I’d been thinking about forever!



Tips for hanging artwork and pictures

Blank walls can seem to cry out for something to be hung on them.

walls in need of artwork

But there’s lots of confusion about how to best display artwork, mementos, family pictures, or whatever else you have that’s wall-friendly. What often happens is that people spread everything out evenly on the walls around the room, sort of like what you’d see in a museum gallery:

tips for hanging art well

It’s much more effective, though, to group things so that you have a few focal points on the wall instead trying to fill as much wall space as possible. Your artwork should draw attention to itself – it’s like a great piece of jewelry added to a good outfit. Big pieces are not so hard – over the sofa, on an entry wall, a dining room wall. What’s harder are the small pieces of artwork that are often found looking lonely on big walls. Group them! Over a table, the sofa, a dresser, the fireplace. That way attention is drawn to the whole grouping and the viewer is attracted to getting closer to see the details.

art groupings


plates hanging on wall

art grouping over sofa


family picture display on wall

Then let the walls in between the groupings be empty. You don’t have to fill every bit of wall space there is. When you have focal points, the blank spaces in between are like resting places for the eye. There’s a rhythm between the places to look and the blank places.

I know it can be tricky to get everything placed on the wall in a pleasing and orderly arrangement. Future post: how-to tips on laying out and hanging groupings of artwork or pictures.

In the meantime, feel free to contact me for help!