When you have a blank wall in your home, do you just nail up art you have? I beg you to hesitate and take time for these four happy considerations:
1. Make sure it’s “You.” There are a ton of cute printables on the web you can print and hang, but choose wisely. There may be great art on sale this time of year, but just because it’s cute doesn’t mean it fits you and your family. The more uniquely-you an item is, the more it belongs on your wall.
2. Blank is better than blah. Make sure what you hang is not just there to cover the blank. Don’t put it up if it doesn’t make you happy. Just because something made you happy 10 years ago doesn’t mean it still belongs in your home. Your home is your refuge and the place you need to feel the most joy and peace. Why hang something that doesn’t make you or your family smile now? Hang photos to reminisce or a piece of art that lifts your mood.
3. Don’t get caught up in what your friend did. In my world, matchy-matchy isn’t necessary. But in the world of one who is calmed by clean lines and matching frames, it’s perfect. Does the eclectic collage above or the clean collage below give you more calm or happy feelings? For my friends, the clean lines won. For us, we’re sometimes all over the place, but there’s still room for clean lines, too.
4. Don’t wait forever for perfection. While blank may be better than blah, imperfect happy is better than blank. I’m speaking to myself here. Our large living room wall has been blank for months as I’ve tried to come up with an inexpensive, yet perfect way to display our travel photos (as requested by my husband.) But seriously, it’s out-of-control that it has stayed empty so long! I’m challenging myself to shed my hesitation and need for perfection and get the wall happy by the end of February.
May your blank walls be filled with happiness soon (and mine, too.)