Bright Idea: Masking Tape Art

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Gone are the days of pristine picture frames and permanent gallery walls. Instead, we’re welcoming a new, ever-so-effortless trend: masking tape frames.

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Why Don’t You…?

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… create a gallery wall in your bathroom?

We know – the bathroom is quite an unlikely spot to display your favorite memories, images and souvenirs. But hear us out…

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Picture Wall

Now, why didn’t I think of that? Really. How many times have I laid out a collection of frames, traced them and drawn a template on the floor, hung it on the wall, positioned my frames just so, expending much time and energy? Let me assure you, way too many!

Right in line with the FLOR modular way of thinking, Picture Wall is an artful solution for your gallery wall. It offers a line of frames designed to neatly display photographs and artwork- simply. The system has created ingenious solutions to some of the most common and time consuming picture hanging challenges. Here’s how it works:

1.  Everything you need to complete your project, short of your hammer, comes in one nifty box. You begin by selecting one of the many possible arrangements for your artwork. They include a stepping layout for stairwells, horizontal or vertical options as well. You can purchase just one set, or combine sets to create a larger display. Just like your FLOR rug!

2.  Next you hang up the template, which has a self leveling feature, and even an eye level icon, for best placement on your wall. Two of the biggest challenges of the project have just been solved.

3.  Hammer in hand, place the hangers as noted on the template and Voila,  you are ready to hang. The Installation Video takes you through the process step by step.

There are many compositions and varied finish choices to go with any decor. Frames come in 1″ or 2″ width, with or without precut matting, and 10 wood finishes. It seems there just may be something for everyone. There is also some lovely photography, with images of varied scale, available for printing to hang in your beautiful new frame display.

A gallery wall like to pro’s. Happy Framing.

Images and product information found here.

 

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The Memory Keeper’s Wall

I've shared before my love for a good gallery wall.  Below is one we installed in our home earlier last year.  I like that you can easily change out the pictures to go with the seasons or with what is relevant in your life.  And I like the eclectic look of mixed frames on the wall.

 

I've also shared how much I adore this simple installation above the fireplace.  The grid keeps everything from looking too chaotic; creating a large focal point over the mantle.

 

So it is only natural, that I want to share this installation with you all because it inspires me every time I see it. This is a small reading area directly across from the galley kitchen in my in-law's home in Pittsburgh.  For all other intents and purposes, my mother in law can be considered a minimalist.  While she has some pieces that she displays, there certainly is not an ounce of clutter in her home.  Which is why it is always so pleasantly surprising to happen across this room in the kitchen. 

The display of pictures is vast and yet never overwhelming.  Instead, with the cozy couch and fireplace it becomes a wonderful place to sit and congregate while meals are being prepared.  The walls of photographs are a family history lesson with snapshots from vacations and posed pictures from weddings.  I remember the very first time I "made it" onto the wall…I knew long before I was ever engaged to my husband that I was part of the family because up on the wall was my smiling mug releasing a hawk in Scotland while on a family vacation.

 

Each photo is displayed in an acrylic frame with a cardboard insert.  Upon removal of the cardboard insert, each photo has the relevant information…the who, what and where, of the photo.  Yup…that's me taking a dive out of a plane three years ago!

 

Perhaps the thing I appreciate the most about these walls is that no matter how many times I have visited and no matter how long I have stayed, I still find new things to look at every time I sit there.  It is a conversation starter for those people who have graced the wall themselves for years just as much as it is a conversation starter for anyone who is new to visiting.  And isn't that what home design is all about?  Creating comfortable spaces that encourage conversation and instill a feeling of warmth?  

 

 Have you ever seen something like this in a home you've visited?

 

(photos: 1, 3-6: Miriam Z. Bradford; 2: James Merrell)

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A Gallery for Every Home

Not too long ago I created a gallery around a reading nook in my dining room.  I wrote about the entire process here if you interested in the logistics of getting something like this together.  Ever since first spying the gallery that inspired me, I have been drawn to other galleries in other spaces.  It is a transformative application that really can be successfully incorporated into any style.

This gallery of found objects interspersed amongst various styles of frames is a wonderful accent to an eclectic, yet classic room:

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