It’s one of those things…you decide to redecorate a room and Mission Creep happens – the walls and ceiling look spruce, but the carpet looks a bit shabby, so you go and get a new one (or a rug to cover the shabby bits); the curtains look a bit faded and tired (and my goodness, don’t those windows need a good clean). It’s a truism that whenever you redecorate a room, it always ends up with everything getting a refurb, even the pictures on the walls get their chance at a tidy-up.
We all suffer from the malaise of Not Seeing what we have around us at home. Familiarity might breed contempt, but if you walk past the same thing hundreds of times in a year, eventually you will get to the point where it becomes invisible. When was the last time you actually sat down and had a good look at a piece of art you liked enough originally to actually go to the trouble of putting it on your wall?
Redecorating forces the issue, and as we’ve been doing a fair bit of it at Tilly Towers, I’ve been putting the pictures back and having a jolly good time shifting them around. A new wall, different light, and suddenly your picture looks totally different. It’s a great idea to shunt your pictures around if you don’t want them to vanish into the wallpaper, so to speak.
There is a teeny downside: when you move a picture into its new home, it’s when you are most likely to notice that the mount board’s gone a bit brown, or the moulding is looking battered. Fortunately, I have a remedy at my fingertips for that – at the framing studio we are always delighted to give an old favourite a smart new look so it can have pride of place when you hang it in its new home.
(We are grateful as ever for Scandinavian interior design inspiration by Kara at Forman Picture Framing in Melbourne.. www.formanartandframing.com.au)