Color Blocking A Wall To Frame A Picture

18 November
I bought a new picture for the wall above my couch. It's the first wall you see when you walk in the front door so I bought a pretty large picture for a statement piece. 

Since the course I took was called the Cozy Minimalist the focus was to decorate your room with a semi minimalist style yet still have a cozy home... it's kind of an oxymoron really... cozy + minimalist... the two just don't really go together... or do they?!

Today I wanted to show you how I made my new large art piece feel even larger and make more of a statement by color blocking the wall.

how to use a large picture as a statement piece

Here are the steps I followed:
  1. Determine where you want your picture on the wall and hang it temporarily.
  2. Determine how much you want your color block to extend out from the picture (mine was 5" out from the picture all the way around it) and measure and mark on the wall with a pencil.
  3. Tape off the marked area.
  4. Paint with your desired color
TIP: If you have the original wall color paint it helps to paint over the tape with that base color before you paint the accent color. Any bleed through of paint will be the base color instead of the accent color and you'll end up with a nice, crisp line!

You can see that my new picture is pretty light colored. I have a dark grey wall in my living room and my friend suggested that it would look better on the dark wall... but I didn't want it on that wall...

I wanted it on this wall... (I sound like a spoiled child huh!? ;o)

See how light the picture is? It would just blend in with the wall without the color block to frame it and give it more presence.

I chose a little bit lighter shade than the dark grey wall to paint my color block/faux frame.

I just love this picture... I'm not really a horse person though... I mean I think they are a beautiful animal and I love to admire them... from afar... Clydesdale's are my favorite :o)

This picture just really spoke to me, I think it's beautiful...

Sorry about the laptop cord going across the couch there :o/

What do you think? Do you have any color blocked walls or would you ever create one?

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  1. Great idea! Huh, time to shop my walls....

  2. The darker color behind it really makes it show up! It looks great and i love the painting!

  3. I think it's a great idea and it sure does help the painting pop! It is beautiful! I love horses but I'm with you...never been much of a cowgirl. I sure wanted to be when I was a teen! They are gorgeous creatures! This is something I would definitely consider since paint is so easy to paint over if you get tired of something or want to move it. Hope your week ahs been going well. Tomorrow's Friday!!!

  4. Oooooo, I like this unique way of "framing" a picture.

  5. LOVE this idea Tania, and it worked so perfectly for your horse painting. I might need to "borrow" the idea sometime...thanks for bringing it to Vintage Charm.


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