So last year my theme was art nouveau. and I LOVED it. I love DIY-ing all my different crafts and coming up with elements. Some of the stuff is going to stay in the room (like my all time favorite DIY craft project-my art nouveau decoupage table, seen later in the post), and some stuff will go (I unfortunately don’t have enough room for my fabulous peacock headboard). But something I did last year is inspiring me this year.
I lived in a loft room last year, so we have this one HUGE wall that remained undecorated for most of the year. And then sometime in March I decided I wanted it to look happier, so I taped a bunch of inspiring pictures/collages on the wall in a salon style. I loved the look of it.
This year, I am living in a theme house with a bunch of other girls (check out our blog for our activities through out the year!). The way the room is set up, there are windows on two adjacent walls, and the way my roomie and I split the room is so that she has one side with windows and we share a side with windows.
Here’s a not-remotely-to-scale picture:
So you see that again, I have a great big wall to decorate. But this year I want it to look slightly more planned than last year, which was literally “ooo this is a cool image from a magazine, lemme stick it on my wall!”
First, in case you don’t know what “salon style” hanging is, it means in the style of the salons that exhibited art in the 19th century. Salons were usually like competitions, so there would be bunches of entries. Instead of the way most pieces are hung in museums today, where you see one piece at a time and then move on to the next one, there would be pictures hanging at all levels, all around each other.
So there are some examples of what I mean. I want the wall to just be filled with images of things I love.
I already have a healthy collection of collages and posters I’ve made/acquired at my house. But I would say the smallest out of all these is 12×12 and the biggest is standard movie poster sized. Some of the images included are:
Those are four examples out of maybe 30 larger sized pieces that will be on the wall. But how am I planning on getting 30 pieces to all fit together with clean lines in between? I’m not really. So I’m preparing a file of smaller pictures to print out from my computer. So far I have about 150 images that I am planning on prints as various sizes, between 3 x 5 and 5 x 8. I may whittle that down to around 75 for the first printing and decorating process and go from there. But here’s a collage of some of the images I am planning on including, so you can get a taste.
So one way that I am trying to make the salon wall look cleaner is plan ahead of time. I chose quality images that mean something to me, and I know that I need certain smaller sizes, so that’s how I am going to print them. Another thing that I am going to try and do is frames. But obviously, I can’t afford 75+ frames. Earlier in the summer, I stumbled upon this DIY project from designsponge. The project is making paper frames for pictures. And I love the idea. There was a project that we used to do at the High Museum where we would build up colorful pieces of cardboard on basic frames. So I might try that too. But I really like the idea of just framing random pictures. I think it will some formality to the craziness of the salon hanging.
Other design elements of the room include:
A canvas chair that all my friends from high school (and some from college) signed every time they came to my house, which I surprisingly don’t have a picture of.
So I don’t really have a theme, as much as one large design element that will hopefully turn out amazing! Pictures will be coming as soon as I move in and get the pictures up.