Replacing Wall Artwork Periodically to Give Your Apartment a New Look

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Replacing Wall Artwork Periodically to Give Your Apartment a New Look

Jordan Gaither · Jan 4, 2010

Over time, the same decorating scheme in your apartment can get old. One way to shake things up a little is by occasionally replacing your wall artwork. New paintings, posters, tapestries and the like can make a big difference in the feel of a room, and should be changed on a regular basis.

Buying New Posters

New things to hang on your wall can be found almost anywhere. A poster store is a great place to find copies of posters for your favorite movies, famous pieces of art or even famous photographs. The right poster store will sometimes even frame them for you.

If you’re into matching themes, try to find a series of posters that all complement one another. For example, a poster of Babe Ruth would naturally look best surrounded by other pictures of baseball-related themes.

Buying New Paintings

If you prefer paintings to posters, then local art fairs might be your place. Depending on your location and your taste in art, local artists provide a diverse spectrum of pieces to choose from, including both flat surface paintings and 3D mixed media collages.

If you’re fairly well-off or have an artist friend, it can be very fun to commission a new art piece for yourself. No matter what the piece depicts, it will always mean more to you than just another purchased decoration.

Buying Wall-Hangings

A more modern and unique wall decoration can be found in the wall-hanging, generally a colorful tapestry of some kind. Sometimes quite large, tapestries can give a wonderfully Bohemian feeling to room, and depending on your color schemes can either complement or be an accent piece.

Creating Your Own Art

If you’re the creative type, maybe making your own wall art appeals to you. The materials to do so can be found at most local craft stores, and can be purchased (with a little comparison shopping) for relatively cheap. For realistic paintings try having a photo or if possible an actual physical specimen of the thing you will be painting. Take your time and do a good job, because no one criticizes an artist’s work like the artist themselves, and these pieces will be hanging in your home for you to see every day.

A good piece of advice for those of us with little to no art training is to try abstract painting first, and build from there. Don’t try to copy someone else’s style, but rather just do what comes naturally and your own style will flow from that.

If 3D mixed-media art is more in your line of interest, then different preparations are needed. First, your primary source of materials will be from microwaves, TVs and other junked appliances and electronics. Depending on the style you’re trying to convey, you might be at home with giant clock gears and bolts, or maybe instead with small circuit boards and wires.

The decoration of your apartment is ultimately your decision, but changing the wall art from time to time will help keep a place from feeling stale.

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Jordan Gaither: I’m a Communications major by trade, an artist by choice, a welder by day and a dancer by night (Okay, I made that last part up). Having lived in a succession of cramped, oddly-shaped apartments, I have a wealth of personal experience in apartment living, as well as arranging and decorating to maximize effect and livable space.

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