My good friend did a great post about a Fall trend for 2013- Black, White and Wood. Great post and good read! Her posts always make me look around to see if I am in the up and coming trend for the season or how to incorporate the idea into my own space. Usually, I’m years away from any trends but this year I’m on top of it. I must have design ESP.
I recently created a picture wall collage in my Dining Room in the black, white and wood color scheme. I’m so proud! I’ve been thinking of doing this for years but never thought I could pull it off. Maybe it was just a matter of motivation. Well, I’ve been painting all summer and clean, fresh walls calls for a new look.
Now, this took some serious brain power along with trial and error. I read tons of tutorials. Click here for the most helpful post I found. There’s tons of inspiring collages. I found this one to be most helpful since I knew I was using a shelf or two.
There are also quite a few elements of design to keep in mind when doing a wall of pictures.
1. Create a focal point
Use a picture, normally the largest or most colorful, as the focal point.
This is an example of using color to draw your eye to the center of the collage. Which leads to the next element, balance.
2. Balance the focal point
You can use color and/or size to balance the focal point.
In this the collage, all of the large pictures with deep colors are used as the center focal point. The other pictures have muted colors or use black and white to help create balance. The height of the pictures on the wall is balanced out by placing pictures as low as possible on the opposite end. The various sizes help fill in the gaps to help create balance without looking like a grid.
Speaking of grid….
3. Create lines
Line is also a very useful element to use when creating wall collages. You should choose a vertical or horizontal line for your pictures to be placed on.
This is a great example of using vertical lines. There are about five of them. Can you see them?
This is an example of horizontal lines. How many do you see?
The professionals say you should tape paper the size of your picture so you can move them around until you’re happy with the result. Like this…
I normally bang nails into the wall and patch and paint once I find the look I’m going for. I must be the instant gratification type or I’m just extremely impatient. Either way gets the job done.
It’s good to know that I’m in the “IN” this year, in more ways the one.