Mark Carmien - Maple and Main Realty, LLC



Posted by Mark Carmien on 3/25/2017

Once you move into a new home, you are probably worried about furniture and pots and pans. You should, however, be concerned about what is going to go on your walls. Artwork and photographs are among some of the most important things that you will have in your home. They are what gives your home character. 


The problem with art, and decorating in general is that thereís so many different mistakes that you can make in your home that have an impact, but youíd never even realize it. Here, weíll explain some of the most common art and art decor mistakes that are made in homes and how to avoid them. 


Placing Your Art At The Wrong Height


If you hang a framed piece either too high or too low on a wall, itís going to look awkward. The art should be a sensible distance from other things on the wall. You can use your fireplace, sofa, or bed as a frame of reference to see if the picture is displayed strangely. The same rule goes when it comes to other pieces that are placed on shelving. Be sure that shelves or display tables come at an appropriate height for the room.


Art Thatís Not The Right Size For The Room


Hanging a giant piece of art in a small room will leave you wondering whatís off with the space. The same goes for hanging a really tiny piece of art in a larger room. Your art should be to scale of wherever you decide to hang it. Donít buy an extra large statue if you know you donít have a room that can house it without looking out of sorts. You can break this rule a bit from time to time. Sometimes, a large painting will look wonderful in a room, no matter how big it is. Use your judgement when it comes to artwork and its proportions within your home.      


Same Old Same


If you donít have enough variety in your home, itís like going to a museum where every room has a theme. This type of decorating can make your home feel stuffy. When everything matches, like your overly beach-themed bathroom, it gets boring. Colors should blend, but they donít have to match. Think of how to integrate a few types of decor when it comes to adding personal touches to your home, especially when using artwork, sculptures, and photos.


Every Wall Is Full


You donít need to stuff every wall of your home full of pictures. Art doesnít actually belong on each and every wall of your home. Some walls deserve to be blank or sparse, depending on the contents of the room. Also, hanging too much art gives you the illusion of chaos in the home, and you donít want that feeling to come across and cause undue stress.





Posted by Mark Carmien on 7/16/2016

When you think of sprucing up your home in its interior, the first thing you may think of is to paint those seemingly boring white walls. The truth is that white walls can actually be exciting when you learn how to make the correct upgrades. Thereís so many ways that you can breath life into your white walls without ever picking up a paintbrush. Below are some ideas that you can use to make your white walls a bit more exciting. We want to help you think outside of the box when it comes to your homeís interior decor. Find Nature Inside Of Your Home Bringing touches of nature into your home help to brighten it up. Even colors that remind you of nature can help to brighten a room. A blue or green sofa, for example, could be the jumping off point for your design. Once you add in some live houseplants and wall art, your room will be completely transformed. Think Geometric Using squares, rectangles and circles in your design is a great way to make a room more attractive. Whether its hung on the walls or mixed in with other design elements, geometric designs draw the eyes to a certain point in the room. Square frames scattered on a wall, for example, is a great way to create a focal point and add personal touches, like photos. Wake Up Walls Colorful art is one of the best ways to wake up stale white walls. Keeping away from white furniture in rooms with white walls is also key. Contrast the light paint color with darker tones of tables and seating choices. If you want to get really creative, consider painting your existing furniture. Think Outside Of The Box If you have an idea to do with some art that you think will look appealing on one of your walls, give it a try! Your home is your own castle to do with as you please. White walls are a great chance for you to express yourself. Choose Your Style White walls are a great opportunity for you to get creative with your own style. Whether you want to go vintage, modern or a mix of a couple kinds of styles, white walls provide the perfect canvas. Whatever vibe you dream your home will give, you can achieve with white walls and a little creativity. Express Yourself Aside from expressing your own style, you can use your white walls to display things that mean the most to you. If you have a memento from a great trip you went on or a prized family photo, make sure that you show off these items. Install shelving on the walls for displaying glass items, plates, figurines and more. Your prized personal belongings should be a part of your homeís decor.




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