Make art work in your home

Life & Style Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - with Danni Mor­ri­son

NOTH­ING says ‘my home is com­plete’ like per­fectly po­si­tioned and pro­por­tional art­work.

While the type of art­work is very much a per­sonal choice, it’s a fab­u­lous way to add colour, tex­ture or pat­tern to a room that is oth­er­wise lack­ing.

Con­sumers tend to obey cer­tain rules with fur­ni­ture, fix­tures and fin­ishes by main­tain­ing a neu­tral pal­ette and a sim­plis­tic ap­proach. This is purely be­cause these larger pieces are sig­nif­i­cantly costlier to re­place, af­ter de­cid­ing your pink vel­vet lounge and sten­cilled green vinyl floor isn’t ‘me’ any more. Best to leave those sorts of ec­cen­tric and er­ratic de­ci­sions for things that are a lit­tle eas­ier to change. Like art!

Per­son­ally, I like a beau­ti­ful blend of wall art, pho­tos, mir­rors and rugs – hor­i­zon­tal floor art. I’d love to fill ev­ery wall of my home but, while art brings so much joy and beauty to a room, some pieces come with a hefty price tag. Here are some ways you can cre­ate beau­ti­ful pieces of art with­out break­ing the bank – all of which I have done in my own home.

Oc­ca­sion­ally it can be dif­fi­cult to find art­work that com­ple­ments your ex­ist­ing fur­ni­ture and dé­cor, or per­haps you’ve got a par­tic­u­lar size space you’d like to fill.

Visit a fab­ric house or look on­line for a piece of fab­ric (or two) that you love. Mea­sure your wall, record the ex­act mea­sure­ments for your new art­work and take your fab­ric to a framer.

Here you can cus­tomise your ‘art’ by se­lect­ing a gor­geous frame and com­ple­men­tary mat for your fab­ric. You’ve cre­ated a cus­tom piece of art us­ing a frame and fab­ric that you love, which is pro­por­tion­ally per­fect for your wall and it’s cost ef­fec­tive.

I love pho­tos. They pro­vide a com­pletely unique ad­di­tion to a space and are truly per­sonal. How­ever, I find them vis­ually clut­ter­ing and feel like they don’t align with the style of in­te­ri­ors I cre­ate.

In our bil­liard room, I loved the idea of a photo wall, how­ever I also like the op­tion to change frames and pho­tos at will. This is not vi­able with a typ­i­cal photo wall as each frame has its des­ig­nated po­si­tion based on size, and is in­stalled onto the wall ac­cord­ingly. In­stead, I had cus­tom photo shelves in­stalled, which not only looks neat and tidy, it flows with my Hamp­tons style in­te­rior and it gives me the abil­ity to move pho­tos and dé­cor as I like.

Take an art class and get creative on a rainy Sun­day afternoon! Botan­i­cal wa­ter­colours and let­ter­ing are re­ally on trend right now, as are char­coal draw­ings. If you’re on the Sun­shine Coast, Cass Del­lar from Cass Del­lar De­sign holds a range of beau­ti­ful classes. For more in­te­rior de­sign in­spi­ra­tion visit www.de­sign­by­danni.com

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Cus­tom photo shelv­ing. SHELVE IT

PHOTO: DUKE AND GYPSY

Cus­tom framed fab­ric to pro­por­tion­ally fit our din­ing room wall. FRAME A FAB­RIC

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