...and a sneaky peak of the master bedroom. I was reminded of a really useful tip for planning the layout of pictures when perusing Abigail Ahern's book "A Girl's Guide to Decorating". To be honest, I should have known this as I am forever telling customers to employ a similar trick when planning a stencilling scheme when you need to know how the scale of a pattern or motif will look on your wall. It also works well for working out the layout of furniture in a room (although you will need more paper).
I had bought a lovely 1930's oil portrait of a young lady (Miss Anne Gordon, whoever she is) on ebay. It sparked a collection and before you knew it, I had amassed 5 paintings of a similar theme. I had deliberately left one wall in our bedroom quite plain to display art although I wasn't sure at the time, what format this art would take (please forgive the first two photos, they were taken on my old iphone in bad light):
Very simply, you cut paper pieces to the size of your artwork. Then using low tack tape (the green tape used for stencilling is perfect), place the paper cutouts on the wall, changing them around until you are happy with the final layout. They then provide a plan for hanging your art:
I have a couple more spots on the wall that I could fill should my collection expand, but if not, these 5 fill the space nicely in the haphazard and informal fashion I was looking for. Photos of our master bedroom in full shouldn't be too far off. The room is finished except for the fact that we do not have a bed yet, just a mattress on the floor. We are looking for an old one which will compliment the other old furniture in the room, so have to be patient until the right one appears. The walls and ceiling are painted in "Railings", a deep grey, by Farrow & Ball in their estate emulsion finish, the skirting in the eggshell finish. I shall save information about other details until the room is fully photographed for the blog.
On another related note, three of these paintings are on canvas board. I didn't want to frame them, but was unsure how to hang them. Lesley from the fab art supplies shop in Corbridge, Delight & Wisdom, told me to use plate hanging discs. Brilliant! If you don't know what they are, they are canvas discs coated with glue (you wet the back to get them tacky) with a "D" ring for hanging. They cope with the weight of plates so have no trouble with a lightweight canvas board. Lesley sells them, but I think you can also get them from good china shops where you may be likely to buy plates to hang for decorative purposes.
If you've got any handy tips and tricks for decorating, please share.