Walls, cushions, throws and the like are the ideal places to begin decorating a house and improving its ambience. Effective interior design is about transforming an interior space into a viable and effective setting for a wide range of possible human activities. Designers in the past expected to see their magic work in buildings as part of a slowly evolving process. But nowadays their various approaches are being used to quickly and effectively create luxury interiors, and the walls and other areas where prints can be used are an important element of this.
Apart from a range of different accessories, walls can benefit enormously from canvas prints. These represent an excellent, cost-effective interior design option and are also easy to maintain, with the modern printing methods used to produce them resulting in high durability.
Canvas prints carefully positioned will instantly capture the attention of someone entering the room and should have the effect of putting them at their ease and feeling right at home. There’s a huge choice on the market because of the high demand of this simple and effective interior décor solution, and whether you’re after Chagall and Picasso originals or cheerful reproduction, canvas prints they can transform a room instantaneously.
Pay careful attention to the room’s colour palette when making your choice of which contemporary prints to hang or use on furnishing like throw pillows. You shouldn’t consider more than a couple of bold colours that set each other off, or you’ll end up clashing, not complementing. Get hold of a colour wheel from the local DIY store and make sure that you don’t select more than two colours that are opposite each other on it. If you go for too many of these so-called complementary colours your room will end up looking overwhelmed, though you can diminish the jarring effect somewhat by including shades of light grey or white in the room’s colour scheme.
The average room can be effectively enhanced with only three prints, in small, medium and large sizes. They should only use the colours on the chosen palette, although their shapes and styles may differ and they don’t need to match. In the case of a palette of lavender, white, brown and marigold, for example, you could choose a small print of lavender and marigold spirals with a white background, or a large one with a lavender sky and foreground subjects in brown.
One of the prints will be the main focus for the room, and this does not necessarily have to be the largest one. The room’s biggest print could be on a throw pillow or bed skirt rather than on the wall. One of the remaining two prints will then be the point of secondary focus and the last one will be used for adding minor touches. The primary print can be reserved for something like curtains or a wall-hanging, a rug or the upholstery on a couch. Smaller items of furniture can then be covered with the medium print, and the smallest used as a trim.
These should be chosen to reflect the curves and colours of the prints, such as bird pictures that resemble the printed ones or a shelf decorated with complementary spirals.
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