I think a lot of us (me definitely included) are nervous of committing to a full-on gallery wall of art. What if it doesn’t look as nice as you thought it would, once all the nails are hammered in? And what if you get tired of some or all of the prints? The mere thought of taking everything down and starting again, is enough to make you think moving house might be easier. Well, none of that should make any difference if you really want to make a statement with art, create a focal point to a room, or just fill an empty wall space. I definitely don’t want to stifle creativity here. But have you thought of a picture ledge or two instead?
You Can Style, And Re-Style to Your Heart’s Content
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The biggest advantage to a picture shelf over hanging directly onto the wall, is that you can change the art as often as you like. Without all the faff of filling in holes. If you are not happy with the first arrangement, you can change it. If you get a new print that you are eager to display, you can. Straight away. And then when you get bored of looking at the same pictures every day, you can take them down and start again. If you are the kind of person who likes to constantly change things up, you will love your picture shelf.
Picture Ledges are Great for Creating a Focal Point in a Room
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A gallery wall or a huge piece of art can also create a focal point in a room, but picture ledges appear more grounding and pull together other elements in a room. They are especially effective centred and floated above a bed or above a sofa. They can make good use of the two recesses either side of a chimney breast, and they look fab when they are placed one above the other to take up the entire space from floor to ceiling. The space between the shelves would be dictated by the size of the frames you want to display, but I would say they look better when evenly spaced.
You Don’t Have to Use Them Just for Pictures
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Am I stating the obvious? Of course, you don’t have to use them just for pictures. In fact it looks better if you don’t. I don’t know of anywhere that doesn’t benefit from a bit of green for instance. The lip on the front of the shelf makes them perfect for displaying those decorative plates you’ve been wondering what to do with. And you can use them for practical uses too. Pens, notebooks, and a clock in the office. Pretty toilettries and a mirror in the bathroom. A small reading lamp in the bedroom. The possiblities are endless.
The Slim Shape Will Fit Anywhere
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I’ve already mentioned placing a picture ledge above a sofa or bed. And it’s because they are so slim that this is possible. There’s little chance you are going to hit your head when you get up with a picture ledge. But they are also practical for walls that are in heavy traffic areas. They take up much less space than a bookcase or a console table. Which means they can be utilised in narrow hallways in place of furniture. A handy place to drop keys, and put on your lipstick before leaving the house perhaps? As well as a life affirming typography print in a pretty frame to see you on your way.