January 22, 2011

how's it hanging?

I've got a bit of a decorating situation: what to hang above my couch? Ever since we got our new couch cover (which Wallace and I both ADORE, can't you tell?) my painted sea green mirror no longer meshes. I've got great plans for this mirror (it will look divine  above my dining room table). But as it is, I am stuck trying to figure out a solution for what to replace it with! With the help of Photoshop, I've narrowed down some alternatives:

Option 1: Picture Grouping

Photoshopped image source: younghouselove

 This option would allow me to use a lot of existing prints that I have around the house. I can hit up the salvation army for inexpensive frames, and paint them all the same color for a nice cohesive effect. I love the way that Sherry and John from Young House Love pulled this off in their daughter's nursery.

I just don't want too much clutter, ya know? Is the scale large enough? Moving onto option #2:

Option 2: Record Frames as Art

Photoshopped image source: Urban Outfitters

This is another inexpensive alternative. These frames are from Urban Outfitters, and are 2 for $15 (score!). I could put fabric inside of them, original art, large colorful photographs to pull in the colors from the rest of the room, who knows!

Yet do they fill the space well enough? I know that I did not scale these to size, so I believe that they will be much smaller in real life. Onto Option #3:

Option 3: Affordable Suzani Textile (In My Dreams)

Photoshopped image source: cloth and kind

I have a wonderful, reoccurring dream: I go to a local antique store, rummage through an old barrel filled with yellowed sheets and scraps of fabric, and suddenly find a GORGEOUS Suzani textile for $15! Of course this is only a dream. And real suzani costs an arm and a leg.

But if I could afford Suzani, I would want it to be as close to the one Photoshopped above my couch. I love the deep fuchsia's and oranges! Of course this Suzani is over 100 years old and belongs to someone else, but I can still close my eyes and dream. Finally Option #4

Option 4: 6 Square Frames from IKEA

Photoshopped image source: Apartment Therapy

This option is a lot like the second image, a large grouping of images. Yet I like 6 frames all painted white. It is balanced. But is it boring? I would definitely use colorful images inside these frames. Pops of pinks and greens! Still, 6 frames can add up in the old $$ department. 

Maybe I could build some frames out of canvas stretcher bars?

So what do you guys think? I need your input! I am leaning towards option #4, but am still torn!

Happy Saturday!