Do you have a blank wall that is bothering you because it seems incomplete? There is no better reason than that to treat yourself. There are soothing and relaxing factors of having artwork to look at. It can be a particular piece that you really enjoy, or you can even swap them out. Keeping art rotating can be a great way to keep a fresh spin on your home. Or did you get a new couch, new rugs, and have space that feels incomplete?
I know I dislike having my walls empty at home. I like to fill it up with my own art, or from other artists as well! It can be fitting to a theme, in my bathroom we have a nautical theme going on. The hubby and I painted a deep blue. (What can I say? Blue is my favorite color). We put up things that matched that theme, lighthouse statue, a picture of the beach, and a boat schematic.
Each room can have a different theme, I am all for having a lot of choices! More preferably, for myself as long as the walls are not blank, I am happy! I am a colorful person, and more color the better. Each space is different, but it still has the same effect. Relaxing, soothing, and a great way to step into a different world.
There are a few ways to determine the size of artwork you need for your empty wall. The best way is to measure, and make sure that you have sufficient space to hang it. Measure the length and width of your available wall space. Available wall space refers to the blank area you want to fill, not covered by furniture, molding, and so on.
I hate math, I really do. So if you are like me, and don’t want to do any sort of calculation, eyeball it and look for art that will cover 2/3rd to 3/4ths of your wall.
Make sure there is plenty of space surrounding the hanging piece of art and any furniture. The sweet spot for hanging artwork is to your eye level. Bigger is always better! A bigger painting will fill the wall better, and create a better focal point rather than a smaller piece of art.
If you don’t have a large one, consider hanging multiple small ones together, it will create a cohesive theme.
When in doubt, put pieces of masking tape or post-it notes to imitate the size of your art, it will give you a better sense of how it’s going to fit. I am a visual person and it always helps me to see how something will fit the space before I commit to it. Artwork that is improperly sized can overwhelm a room or allow the room to overwhelm it, neither option is very aesthetically pleasing.
Do you have anything new you just hung up?
Do you like to rotate the paintings with the seasons, or with your mood?
The following tips are ones that I find very helpful in helping me getting unstuck from a creative block!
Go for A Walk.
Sitting all day at your desk can make you feel like you are stuck. It can make you feel stagnant and not very happy. Science has backed up that walking is something we do naturally when we need a boost of inspiration. It turns out subjects gave better creative solutions to test when walking rather than sitting. Fresh air is always helpful, but in this case it doesn’t matter if you walk inside or outside. Jump on a treadmill, around your block, or inside your home. It doesn’t matter where, as long as you get your heart pumping and you will see what new ideas come to you.
Connect to Your Inner Child
It is my strong believe that we are all born artists. Children are immensely creative and they can be entertained for hours just being creative. What did you like to do for fun as a kid? Did you love playing outdoors? Playing with friends? Maybe even spending a great amount of time playing make-believe. Play checkers, play with your kids or pets. There is nothing better than letting the inner child run free.
Remember how I said connecting to your inner child? I know as a kid I loved to color and draw. Get an adult coloring book, they have sets that come with colors that are relatively inexpensive. The patterns will calm you down and help you destress. I know for me, the act of creating any artwork is calming and meditative. It’s a simple activity that works great for your hand-eye coordination.
Take a Different Route to Work.
I know I am guilty of using the same way to work. Every. Single. Time. I have found that by shaking up my routine, it keeps your mind sharp. It is very easy to go on autopilot. Broaden your perspective by opting to go through a new spot. It can also help you to see new things, or even realize what you had missed previously. If you walk the same city blocks, try a different route.
Reading is the best way to get away. It can be fun and you can also learn new things. It would be best if you read all different kind of books to keep your mind working differently. Read a romance novel, then a fantasy. You will be surprised how you can come alive with a rush of inspiration.
What are some ways you use to get your creative buzz going?