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How to choose your indoor paintings, pictures, and decorative images?

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

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To liven up your house's interior and create an atmosphere in which you feel at home, the best solution is to focus on the decor. To spruce up your walls, nothing is more effective than indoor paintings, pictures and decorative images. To choose the right ones, we have some essential factors for you to consider. 

Important features

  • Canvas print
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dimensions
  • Colors and theme
  • Layout
  • Hangings

Canvas print or hand-painted painting

Depending on your tastes and wishes, you have the choice between a decorative, hand-painted painting, using acrylic paint, and a canvas print. A canvas print consists of photo that is printed and hung in a wooden frame. 

Painting dimensions

Before choosing your interior decorative picture or painting, determine its future location. Once the spot has been chosen, you will more easily be able to define what size canvas is needed. To avoid the slight impression that something is off, be sure to that your painting is well-centered. To efficiently decorate a very large wall, hang a large painting on a clear surface, and it will become the room's centerpiece. This is much more efficient than using many smaller decorative elements, which doesn't really fill up the large space. 

Colors and theme

Choosing a painting, picture or decorative image also depends on the actual room's decor. Make sure that whatever piece you choose matches your furniture and the rest of the decor. If the room is mostly neutral colored, you can add a bit of freshness by selecting bright and colorful paintings. For bedrooms, soft-toned paintings  are more ideal. Depending on which room of the house is being decorated, there are various common themes that can be applied, be it a Zen atmostphere, a homestyle kitchen, or various types of art; landscape or abstract, for example.  

Painting layouts

Depending on how you want to hang your art, different solutions can be chosen:

  • 1 painting per wall, to decorate your wall with a single large painting;
  • 3 or 4 dimensional piece, to bring a touch of dynamism to the piece;
  • A wall of paintings, implying that the whole wall is covered in paintings, of different styles and sizes.

How to hang a painting

A painting is hung on the wall thanks to an fixing plug in which one inserts a hook, a dowel pin or a simple screw. The type of required fixing plug will depend on the wall, if it's hollow or solid. More often than not, you will need a rawl plug (designed for solid materials) or a molly bolt (a type of cavity plug for plasterboard type walls). 

With the exception of  plasterboard, in which case a self-drilling anchor is enough to hold up the painting,  you will need drill the wall, using a drill. Dowels and hooks can also be use to successfully hang a painting without a drill, if it's on a wooden surface. The ideal spot will need to be determined by measuring, either to space out different paintings or to find the center most point. This implies the use of a tape measure.

Once the spot has been chosen, drill the wall, keeping in mind to adapt the rotation speed and to use drill bits that are adapted to the wall. Finally, it's important to verify whether or not the drill is in percussion mode, which is completely useless for materials such as plasterboard, bricks, concrete or wood. Once the hole is drill, remember to clean up the dust with a vacuum cleaner.

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Sebastian, self-taught DIY-er, Exeter

Redo a roof with wooden beams? Check.
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Fit together, build the walls, paint a partition, throw my hammer in a rage thinking that it will fix the problem? Check.

The DIY motto ? Learning is better than delegating… well, it's also a question about your wallet! The satisfaction? The beer at the end of the job!
What do the best have in common? The influence of Gyro Gearloose, Mac Gyver and Carol Smiley depending on your generation, a good dose of curiosity, a average hand-eye coordination and a taste for risks… and if it doesn't work, try again! Advise you? I'll do my best!

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