Apartment Redecorating: Wall Art Dos and Don’ts

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Apartment Redecorating: Wall Art Dos and Don’ts

Staff Writer · Dec 29, 2010

Apartment redecorating can be a really fun project that lets you redo a furnished apartment for your own unique style, or it can be a great way to freshen up looks that you created months or years ago. Whatever your reasons for apartment redecorating, there are some universal things that should and shouldn’t be done. Read on to find out if you are tempted to do the wrong or right things in your redecorating adventure.

Don’t Rely on Decorating Magazines

Your own personal opinion is just as valid as the ones that are behind decorating magazines and books. Although you may not be a professional decorator, your own style is what matters the most within your own home. Don’t choose wall art because it’s in the local or national museums. If you don’t like Andy Warhol’s art, he shouldn’t have a place on your wall simply because he’s famous. Just because you love dancing, you don’t have to love Degas.

Unless you are decorating your home to be part of some social scene, there is no need to be stuck to conventional ideas or even radical fad ideas that others have endorsed. Instead, listen to what you truly want. If you want bright pink walls and black velvet art in your bedroom—as long as there are no restrictions on painting in your apartment building—go for it. When you’re taking on the project of apartment redecorating, what you need to do first is ask yourself what you really in your home.

Do Get Inspired

Go to a museum to see which wall art you may truly love; read a book about art and self-expression. Watch Nancy Meyers movies, which are always lush in colors and decor, down to the smallest details. Do what makes you feel like your creative best. If you do like those decorating magazines and art magazines, there’s no problem in reading and looking through them for advice, but don’t feel like you need to imitate the tastes of anyone else. Indulge in whatever it is that inspires you to pick great art for the apartment redecorating.

Don’t Be Impulsive

While creativity is key, decorating the moment you get inspired isn’t a good idea. Instead, start a journal or small notebook. Put it in your purse. For a few weeks, write down any creative ideas you have for apartment redecorating. You may decide that you want to make a statement on comedy by decorating with every piece of dogs playing poker throughout your home, but the next day that may seem like a horrendous idea.

Put a star by the wall art choices that continue to inspire you, then put an “x” by the ones that seem less inspiring over time. However you redecorate your apartment will probably stick for some time; after all, you don’t want a continuous pattern of apartment redecorating, as wall art can be expensive. By giving yourself at least a few weeks before taking action, you can be sure that your inspiring choices are what you truly want in your home, not simply a creative whim.

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