Great Wall of Decor and Art – Simple Ideas and Tips

Many people take wall art and decor for granted, probably because they do not know the things that these wonderful pieces of decorative ornaments can do for their homes. Some people may not be aware that an exquisite wall art can transform a dull room into something that exudes elegance and style. The truth is, hanging something in your home is one of the best ways of brightening up and giving life to any space in your house.

There are many great ideas and tips on how to decorate creatively with wall art. To help you get started, here are some of them:

1. Know your options
Wall art comes in a wide variety of kinds, styles and materials. Some of your options include photographs, paintings, and sculptures.

- Sculptures — two-dimensional sculptures are great to use as wall decors. When choosing a sculpture, it is smart to have one that is complementary to the design and function of the room. For example, it would make sense to put a musical notes wall decor sculpture in the music room and not in the kitchen.

- Pictures — photos of loved ones, family members, trips you have gone to, occasions you celebrate or landscapes and scenery. It is a great idea if you can have these photos enlarged and framed. Make sure that the design of the frame complements the overall design of the room and that the subject of the photo fits the room where you plan to hang it.

- Paintings — the three main factors to consider when choosing paintings are the size, color, and subject. Make sure that these three elements match the function and theme of the room where you want to place it.

2. Plan how you will hang your wall decor
There are several ways on how you can effectively hang your pieces of wall decor in such a way that they will not appear cluttered or chaotic. For one, you have the option of placing the artwork on top of the focal point of the room.

For example, for the music room, you can place the musical notes wall decor above the piano, a sports wall art on top of the sports trophy case or a family portrait above the bed. Just make sure that you secure the wall art properly so that you do not wake up one day with a bump on your head. Aside from that, you can also achieve a modern gallery look by placing paintings or sculptures on an empty hallway, lobby or along the stairway.

3. Make your own wall art
If you want to experiment or express your creativity, you can make your own wall art by making a two-dimensional clay sculpture or a painting. This not only enables you to have personalized wall d├ęcor but also allows you to save money.

Wall art and decorations are great to have in your home. Make sure that you invest on these decorative pieces properly by knowing your options, hanging them correctly and considering making your own.

Floral Garden and Landscape Toupees

English Ivy is a wonderful groundcover and makes a home look lovely, lived in, and comfy. There is a problem, however. Ivy can kill trees and other plants. It can also cause extensive damage to foundations, siding, and chimneys. An alternative is what I call “Landscape Toupees.”

Some people might call fake flowers and foliage an abomination. I call it creative and colorful. They are economical and save time as well. You don’t need to fertilize or water, and they can be reused.

You usually only see silk and plastic trees and flowers for inside usage, and it is true that they will not last quite as long outside as they do inside. But, these delightful faux flowers and artificial vines look beautiful and will probably get you through several seasons.

My Landscape Toupees allow me to sculpt and cover problem areas in an instant. We have down spouts that look cold and ugly, but with plastic ivy strung around them, they take on a great look. One window in our living room looks out onto a downspout. Now, it looks out onto an ivy covered architectural feature that has color and charm.

You can also use fake vines to hide cables and wires. Some vines have small attachments so you can loop them on hooks, or a staple gun can give you fast placement, which reminds me of hair plugs.

We bought some decorative and expensive grass last year that is taking a while to flourish. I purchased some darts of grass leaves and threw them into brown clumps of grass for shocks of healthy green. As the grass matures and takes hold, I will migrate the darts elsewhere. Since people don’t expect plastic in gardens, they take them at face value. They expect them to be real, and so they are real.

Landscape Toupees are a great decorative tool for your yard and garden. You don’t need to be ashamed of using fake foliage. Use it as you need it, and improve the outside of your home quickly, and economically.

Irrigation and Landscape Design

In designing your backyard landscape, you should think about the irrigation system that will be used to water your plants and trees. Will you be using hoses above the ground or will you want below ground water sprinklers installed. You have to also take into consideration the water bill and in that respect you should learn when and how to water.

Mow your grass at a higher length so that it is longer. There is some controversy about whether this is helpful in saving water but it is better for the health of the grass as longer grass has stronger roots and is then more drought resistant. The grass should be mowed to a length of three inches. Aerate your lawn regularly as this will help the water get through the compacted soil and it also provides air to the roots of the grass. How often you should aerate your lawn depends on the type of grass you have and whether or not you remove lawn clippings. Dry spots are an indication that your lawn needs aeration.

Do not use as much fertilizer, as fertilizers help the lawn to grow and there is more usage of water with higher growth. Apply only the minimum amount of fertilizer needed. You can also apply fertilizer in small doses more frequently. Use a fertilizer dispenser to distribute the fertilizer evenly and you will not waste any of the fertilizer. Avoid the chemicals used in toxic fertilizer injection methods as they may be blown into neighbor’s yards or children may play in the wet grass and be subjected to it. If you add about a two or three inches deep layer of mulch: wood chips, almond hulls, decorative rock, etc. you will reduce the amount of water you use and reduce the number of weed in your lawn.

You can save water by reshaping your backyard landscape. If you shrink the size of your lawn, you will save water since the lawn takes more water than plants or shrubs. If your irrigation system is close to the house of near fences, reduce the size of the lawn in those places as the irrigation water spraying the house or fence can cause problems. You can use low growing plants with drip irrigation between the fence and the house.

If you would like to have a small garden area with plants that use a lot of water, then set it in a shady area where the wind will not get at it. High water plants will use less water when planted in a shady area and where they are protected from high winds. Because of the emphasis on water conservation, many water providers in dry areas of the country are giving coupons, rebates and discounts to purchasers of irrigation equipment. Some will even provide the equipment free of charge to their local customers. You should ask you water provider about these discounts, etc. before you purchase any irrigation equipment and ask about freebies also.