Our last bedroom was pretty amped up in the art department, with a whole sprawling gallery wall over our bed. As soon as we cleared the room, and painted the walls much lighter (Benjamin Moore’s Olympic Mountain, read more about that here), we’ve been enjoying the much calmer, cleaner vibe. I’m not even sure we’ll put something above the bed. I’m enjoying the blank space (baby) until I find something that feels better than nothing. Because right now, nothing feels really great.
However, that doesn’t mean I didn’t want any art. There’s a slim wall across from our bed, next to the window wall that used to collect things. Chairs. Chairs and plants. A leaning mirror. A wall mirror with a bench under it. Baskets. Just things. Sometimes they looked good, but ultimately they made me feel claustrophobic in my room.
To avoid that this time around, I chose three art pieces to hang on the wall in a stacked fashion that were chosen for that specific space. Have you noticed when you buy something for a specific space (based on size, color, function, etc.) there’s a lot less tweaking down the road?!
Art hung in a column is really hot right now. It doesn’t have to be from the same collection or even have the same frame, but in our case that’s what I did.
I found these three Horse prints by Yaniv Alon (Horse 1, Horse 2, Horse 3) on Artfully Walls that felt really primitive, like cave drawings. I had them framed in a thin, black wood frame with a crisp white mat that really juxtaposes the art. I think it could work without the mat, too, but the size with the mat was just right for this wall. Artfully Walls has a Try It on Your Wall feature that really helps you visualize how something will look in your space, which is so helpful when buying something online.
(Just hit that yellow button with a camera on it under any piece of art on their site to see how it would look on your wall.)
The art came with hanging nails (yes!!) and nice felt pads on the back of the frames.
We spaced the frames on the wall so that they be about equal distance from the ceiling and the floor.
To say, I LOVE them would be an understatement. They add so much character in such a small place.
They fill the wall, without any of the extra clutter. And I love the art study vibe. Obviously there’s still a lot to figure out in our room. Window treatments for one. We just put our bamboo blinds we had back where they were, but now I’m thinking a darker inset roman shade with lighter curtains (if you watch my Instagram stories, you know that I change my mind on that front every day.)
Here’s one more look at the before and after of that wall:
If you’re looking for art, I can’t recommend Artfully Walls enough. We got the majority of the pieces for the gallery wall in our last bedroom there and have moved the pieces to other places in our house since–like our office. They have such a tightly curated collection–you just can’t go wrong.
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