|Expressing your inner-most
creativity on a larger-than-life scale can be an exciting and artistic process.
With a little pre-planning and some elbow grease, the process can be both
a reflection of your own uniqueness and lead to a work of art on display
for your friends, family, and most importantly, you. Here are some ideas
on how to convert your living space into a personal museum.
Style & Medium
Before an artist touches a utensil, he or she decides on a medium. In
doing so, some key questions are pondered. What sort of image will I create?
Will it be abstract or literal? Will it be colorful, textural or both?
Will it be flat or three-dimensional? Will it be a subtle reflection of
my own sense of style, or will it be a gigantic scrapbook of creativity?
Nobody can make these decisions for you, but we highly recommend consulting
with immediate family members if you’d like to remain a key decision
maker within your household.
Inspiration comes in many forms and it is all around us. If you are artistic
to begin with, you probably won’t have to look very far, and there’s
a good chance that inspiration has already planted its seeds deep within
your cerebral cortex. But if you’re one of those people who aren’t
quite sure where to start, here are some places you may want to look.
Nature is without
a doubt the most abundant source of inspiration for mankind, and
it will never go out of style. Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright
surveyed the geography, topography and foliage in the planning stages
of each project, and constructed homes and institutions that functioned
autonomously within these environments. “Falling Water”
a modern home built on top of a waterfall, was geniusly constructed
such that the flow of water drifts through its very foundation,
creating pools and streams that cool its inhabitants during the
summer months. The final product is an astonishing structure that
incorporates nature into both its form and function.
There are endless
possibilities in decorating a nature inspired living space. A subtle
approach could involve a new paint job, incorporating earth tones,
accented with objects or artifacts found in nature, such as leaves,
branches or nature inspired art & photography. Renowned textile
designer, Amenity offers
a wonderful approach with their nature-inspired prints. There are
about 10 different designs available in either cotton or linen,
which can be ordered in several sizes and stretched (instructions
Click here to see all products by Amenity Home
Geometry is undoubtedly
one of the driving forces behind mid-century and modern interior
design. Like nature, geometry also surrounds us and can be just
as inspiring artistically. Geometry can be found in every facet
of modern art and industrial design.
also sets boundaries and dictates our individual perceptions of
our own environments. Those of us with thicker wallets can alter
the geometry that surrounds us i.e. building or renovating, while
those of us on a tight budget are faced only with the option of
masking or disguising it to fit our personal tastes. In this way,
geometry dictates our functionality as people.
creativity can help delineate the limits and boundaries set by our
surrounding geometry with our ability to decorate. Walk through
the MOMA and you will find yourself submerged in
a geometric paradox filled with inspiration for decorating your
walls graphically and sculpturally.
offer a really fun and affordable solution for geometric decorating
with their paintable wall applications. They are available in about
a dozen geometric patterns including circles, squares, rectangles,
starbursts and retro slats and most can be ordered in a set of graduating
sizes (Click here to view our paintable wall
applications by Wallter). We recommend starting
with a pencil and paper to do your initial planning. This will help
you determine the exact number of panels required for your space.
You may want to fill up an entire room, or use them minimally as
accented décor. They can then be individually painted any
color, and very easily planted on your walls with their self-adhesive
An equally powerful force to geometry is light, which
can be used to dramatically change our perception of our environment
and all things visible. We have the ability to “paint with
light,” taking into account color and intensity, two factors
which can make a small room appear large, a decrepid or industrial
space warm and inviting, and an ordinary or boring room appear full
sconces are a great way to add a new dimension to a finished or
unfinished surface. For an ultra-modern appeal, check out the Space
Panel by Spazia. Use one as a singular
accent light source, or group multiple pieces together and create
a futuristic wall of light. Again, you will want to do some pre-planning.
Taking into the overall desired output of light and usage of space
will help you determine the number of panels you will require, and
the configuration necessary to achieve your desired look.