I keep waiting for one of the big style blogs to do a post on Decorating With Dust, because I seem to have mastered this art form; however, I’ll need to wait for dust to become a fad before I get featured. So instead of dust, I’ll show you how I’ve decorated with some of my children’s art.
I’ll warn you in advance that the photos are terrible. Since summer came to the fringe, I’ve been awake much more than I’ve been asleep, so my brain retains its’ morning fog long into the afternoon. The bright side is that for an hour each afternoon the saintly librarians in town are doing a craft project with the kids. I know librarians get a bad rap, because they are always shushing people, but I’ll trade a lifetime of loud voices for an hour of reading in peace. I officially love my librarian and that’s saying something considering my history with New York State libraries .
Here are some tips for decorating with your kid’s art.
* Layer their artwork into your already decorated spaces.
There is a clay owl hanging on the wall alongside the book shelf and my daughter’s water-color painting. I’ve obviously ingrained the colors I love into my kid’s heads, because almost everything they create includes my favorite colors. There are definite benefits to brainwashing your children.
Some of your children’s art may not have enough presence to stand alone on your wall, but when combined with your regular decorations, it can bring a personal touch to your spaces.
* Think off the wall when placing your children’s art.
Notice the dust the weaved, painted piece hanging on the back of our TV stand. We repurposed the hutch that FringeMan made me for Christmas and turned it into a TV stand. It’s the perfect size for the tall ceilings in our living room and we already had it, making it good for our wallets. FringeBoy also weaved me a potholder that when placed under a simple milk-glass urn, brings life to a dull and dark area. Obviously my kids get their weaving ability from their mom. Let’s just hope we don’t go back to weaving more scarves this winter!
* Using your children’s art saves money.I am on the lookout for a large, chunky frame that I can paint and hang around FringeBoy’s mixed media tree art. It will give it enough bulk to stand alone on this section of wall, besides I think it’s really quite good.
My daughter created a great piece of mixed-media art that I hung in our entryway. The man is trying to reach the moon, but it reminds me of Jacob’s Ladder. If I didn’t use my children’s art in these spaces than I would be purchasing other people’s art to fill the void.
* Decorating with your children’s art builds confidence in your kids.
If they realize their art is worthy of your wall, they’ll be motivated to create other masterpieces and to do them well.
* Children’s art adds warmth to your personal spaces.
* Grouping their art creates feature walls.
I wish I had a photo to demonstrate, but since I am not done painting my staircase, I haven’t created a feature wall yet. I do fully intend to use the wall going up my staircase to group more great art. Cheap yard-sale frames can be used to help the art stand out and you can easily update the pictures as they are created throughout the year.