With all of us spending a lot more time at home, we’re probably reminded of all the home DIY’s and projects that we want to complete. But at the same time, we may not have the headspace to take on big projects. So instead of giving you a list as long as my arm of home decor DIY’s and projects to do, I thought I would share little decor ideas that aren’t only immensely doable but are also big on impact.
Each of these home decor ideas will take an afternoon or less to do and most won’t require any budget but will still make a big difference to your home. Some ideas may just mean looking at things differently or re-arranging stuff but they’ll all add to your home. And they’re also great if you have some extra time that you’d like to do something constructive with, without taking on an endless project.
There are some home decor ideas that seem to be brainwashed in to so many of us. One of these is always going for center symmetry when it comes to hanging wall art. We tend to feel that art has to be hung in the centre of a wall or centred above a piece of furniture like a bed or a sofa. But who says you can’t go for off center wall decor?
Once you try it, you’ll be hooked because it looks so cool and it really allows your art to stand out no matter how big or small. Read on for some tips on how to start experimenting with off centre art and for lots more photos to inspire you.
While the whole off center wall decor idea may feel completely random, there is always some logic and thought as to where the art goes. The overall effect though is far more eye-catching and dramatic than hanging art in the centre of the wall.
Here are some tips for trying out off center wall decor:
1. If you don’t know where to start, measure where the middle of your sofa or your bed is and then line the left or right edge of your art with the centre.
2. Pay attention to sight lines. For e.g. if you can see a particular wall of a room from another room, hang the art where it can be seen at least partially, from the other room.
3. Got a small artwork that you adore? Using a biggish wall for a small piece of art that’s placed off centre is a great way to draw attention to it and make it stand out. It also makes sure that this piece of art won’t get lost in a gallery wall.
4. If you have low hanging central lights, hang your art to the left or right of the lights, leaving some space between the lights and the artwork. This will be very off centre but it will look right. Don’t be tempted to do it on both sides of the light/s though!
5. Another dramatic off centre art hanging idea is placing art on one side of a room only. For e.g. placing it above one side of the double bed only. Or if you have a recess on either side of a door, place art in one recess only.
6. There are times when off centre art can look wrong so trust your instincts. For e.g. If you have a very large piece of art, then putting it a bit off centre will look like a mistake.
7. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you get it wrong, it doesn’t take much effort to move your artwork so try out different off centre wall decor ideas and see what you like.
The one thing about hanging art off centre is that it never looks boring. This is an easy decor tip that you can try today and see how cool your walls will look almost instantly. And once you try it, I don’t think you’ll ever go back to hanging art in the centre!
Are you tempted to move your art off centre?
P.S. Struggling to find affordable art? Here’s a very budget friendly DIY art idea.