Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Art Wall like Kudzu

I'm a huge fan of the Art Wall, no surprise.  I did a tutorial way back when, before I even had this blog and the decorating posts were taking over the mom blog.  In addition to the new one in my bedroom, I recently installed this one, and this one, and my daughter got in the action with this one, and hey, I'm finishing up an installation in Mendota Heights City Hall today.  Pictures to come on that.

I think this is one of the quickest ways to bring personality to a space and to conquer a large wall, like this one in my office.

But I wonder when one crosses the border into too much of a good thing?

More Apartment Therapy references.  This London home was featured last week, and I found myself completely fascinated by the way they have incorporated their collections into their home.  (I also find this useful as I am working with someone with AMAZING collections from all over the world, displayed in her home).

And I'm kind of digging the way the gallery wall has just taken the kitchen....

And I can admire the way the installation kind of masks practical things, like the spice rack.

But at the same time, I'm a maximalist who likes a little breathing room for the eye every now and again.  Amazing how three pictures in a hallway feel so loose and breezy after the density in the kitchen.

What do you think:  Art on the cabinets, yay or nay?

Art without borders, love it or hate it?


  1. We have awful white melamine flat cabinets in our kitchen. I updated the hardware, but they can't be painted and the doors can't be removed because the shelves are warped and ugly. And a remodel is years away. Maybe covering them with art should be our temporary solution . . .

  2. No No No. That kitchen makes me itch. Big surprise, right?

  3. First off I love the title of this post, I am a kudzu lover in confined areas. I tend to gallery a wall all the time and it spreads to the next room, and then I start to feel like the space is too crazy. i think one crazy space in a house like that kitchen is good.
    Secondly, I'm not a fan of art on cabinets, but is that a framed cutout for the microwave in the last pic? That is genius!

  4. Wow! I've never seen a gallery like this. It's a bit much for me. I prefer my galleries a little less knick knack looking like you. I like open spaces and areas that draw your eye in. A gallery like this does the opposite.

  5. Ugh no, way too much it's like artist hoarders.


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