Floral patterned wallpaper adds lots of visual interest to any room. However, that same visual interest can overwhelm and detract from your artwork. Creating a viewing buffer, along with careful selection of the artwork you hang, can make the difference between a successful integration or your artwork fading into the wallpaper and woodwork.
Artwork That Jumps off Your Wall
When selecting your artwork, look at items that literally jump off your walls. Look for vessels plates or pottery in a contrasting yet coordinating color to your wallpaper background. Look for a seldom-used accent color in the wallpaper that you can highlight in the art. Pick a piece of pottery that has dimension so that it literally pops right off your wall, up and away from the wallpaper, which will separate it visually and can add interesting shadow play too.
Blank Resting Space
When framing your art, mount pictures with a wide, neutral-colored mat to create a resting space for the viewer's eye between the patterned wallpaper and the picture itself.
If the artwork is a sketch, central figure or silhouette, leave lots of white space surrounding the art inside the frame to give the art prominence and to visually distance it from the wallpaper. Adding a mat before the frame further enhances the art. Select a mat color that picks up an accent color present in both the wallpaper and the artwork.
Wallpaper an area directly surrounding your artwork with a larger scale or a geometric or motif paper that coordinates with the floral patterned wallpaper on the rest of the wall. Outline that area with a border to set it off from the rest of the wall so that it is obvious that its purpose is to highlight your artwork. Utilize a matching border stripe, if your wallpaper has one, for framing your artwork gallery.
When selecting artwork for a floral patterned wallpaper, keep scale in mind. If the floral on your wall is a small overall flower print; pick a picture that is one type of flower blown up to huge size. Conversely, if the pattern in your wallpaper is a large floral, select a picture that portrays a full vase of flowers.
Frames on your artwork can visually distance the viewer from the wallpaper on the wall. If you are using a floral patterned wallpaper, especially if it is a busy print, select large, wide frames for your pictures. Pick a color for the frame that contrasts with the wallpaper while not commanding the entire viewer's attention. Use matting for accent color rather than the frame. Frames that have texture or bevels also serve to further distance the artwork from the wallpaper visually.
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