The Easiest (and Most Attractive) Poster Decorating Advice Ever!

Have you ever bought a piece of art that you were very excited about, only to find that once it was hung on your wall, the look wasn't quite what you envisioned? You're not alone! Interior design and…

H Have you ever bought a painting or other piece of art with great anticipation, only to be disappointed when you hang it on your wall and see that it doesn't quite fit in? Remember that you have company. Decorating and redesigning your home's interior can be a very daunting prospect. The good news is that the hardest part of the design process is already over if you already have an art print that you love, something that speaks to you or simply brings a smile to your face. At this time, you can Coordinate any additional artwork and wall decor around the focal point you've already established. Take a look at WindowShopGal's four simple styling tips and mood boards below to get some ideas for retro-inspired home decor and room refurbishment.

Poster Sizes: 18x24

Architect Frame in Walnut, Stars Hollow Heritage Poster, Target Rug, Pier 1 Plants
TJ Maxx Homegoods for the vase, Pier 1 for the table, Amazon for the pillowcase and Pier 1 for the inserts.

First, remember that scale is crucial when selecting artwork for your home.

The most common error people make when buying artwork is failing to consider the size of the poster or art print needed to effectively fill a wall. Generally speaking, Whatever size you think you need for a blank wall, it's usually best to get the next size up unless you're decorating a small wall space or need to fill an area in an existing gallery (see below photo).

Decorating with Posters on a Gallery Wall

A 18" x 24" poster of the town of Stars Hollow

Decorating with Posters, Southwestern Style

Poster of Albuquerque, New Mexico, 24" x 36"

Although the size you estimate to be necessary may seem "big" after measuring your space, remember that most viewers won't be standing mere inches from your walls. Passers-by often admire artwork from a distance of several feet, at which point your prized possession may appear no bigger than a postage stamp. Simplistically put, the larger the better.

Throw pillows and blankets in colors that complement your wall art will add visual interest and help pull the room together.

Room Decor Tips & Ideas: Decorating with Posters - Match Pillows with Color Palette

Posters: In Omnia Paratus, Scranton, and Pawnee; Black Architect Frame to Showcase Artwork

Choose two or three colors from your wall decor to serve as your base color scheme.

If you want to unify the style of your entire room (or special seating area, reading nook, etc.), ) you should first imagine and write down the colors you want to use. If you don't already have a favorite hue in mind, that's the best place to start. Nonetheless, many individuals have no idea what hue(s) they wish to have in their residence. Finding your palette can be as simple as selecting two or three colors from an artwork (or multiple artworks) that you plan to display in the area. If you don't have a preexisting color scheme in the room, this method will help you create one. In fact, An easy interior design trick is to choose a single piece of art as the inspiration for the room's color scheme, and then to fill the space with accessories in contrasting hues.

Yellow & Blue Decorating Living Room Ideas
Decorating with Posters, Southwestern Style

In All Things Equal

It's based on the book "The Life and Death Brigade" by Stars Hollow

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In Omnia Paratus Poster Design Inspiration

Most people, when furnishing a room for the first time, stick to safe, neutral colors like brown, gray, and ivory. After settling on a primary color scheme, all you'll need to do is add a few accent pieces (pillows, throw blankets, etc.) to complete the look. to improve the visual appeal of your home  

Pro tip: You should not only pick out some comfy cushions and blankets, but also Include a variety of textures if possible. (i e fabric (crushed velvet, burlap, wool, etc.) that repeat in distinct ways (stripes, checkerboards, florals, and geometrics) to prevent it from looking too "matchy-matchy," as in, made entirely of the same fabric in the same color.

The above mood board was created using the colors found in the artwork ("In Omnia Paratus" Poster), specifically the yellows, blues, and rusts. Start by incorporating yellow into the room's decor for a pop of color and a sense of cohesion. Since yellow is such a focal point in the artwork, it's important to be mindful when accessorizing your home with the color and remember to keep the volume and placement of any yellow accents on the low end. Yellow flowers, a dark or cream-yellow throw blanket, and a soft, jewel-toned pillow are all that's needed to bring out the best in the artwork without making the whole thing look like it came from McDonald's.

Next Instead of going with a boring, neutral sofa, let's have some fun and pick one whose color scheme is inspired by the blue dress in the artwork. It's true that a sky blue sofa is eye-catching and unusual, but remember that a neutral-colored sofa with blue throw pillows can look just as good. Finally, a rust-colored throw pillow with an intriguing texture and tassels would be the icing on the cake, as it would complement the vintage red-orange lettering in the artwork.

Harry Potter & Hogsmeade Village Rustic Decorating Ideas
Decorating with Posters, Southwestern Style

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Högsmde Trip Ad as Creative Prompt

Third, hue is essential, but you also need to think about form, feeling, and subject.

It's simple to find colors that go well together, but it takes more effort to determine your personal style and the mood you hope to create when a visitor walks into your home. Consider the above mood board depicting a Högsmde travel poster as an illustration. In this case, picking decorative items from the right color palette is only half the battle; what would really make an incredible difference is create a concept based on the artwork To do this, consider some of the first words that come to mind when you think of Hogsmeade (for the "muggles" among you, this artwork is based on the fictional universe from the Harry Potter book series). "Harry Potter" books in a set) The wooden deer head and antler lamp add a touch of rustic charm, while the throw blanket and iron candle holders evoke a sense of coziness, and the coffee table, fashioned after an oak barrel, conjures up images of the Three Broomsticks inn.

Wide Frame vs Slim Frame

Extra Suggestion: Pick the Right Picture Frame

Most frame shops pressure me into purchasing a large, bordered frame whenever I take an item to them to be framed professionally. Many people make this mistake when framing artwork because they incorrectly assume that a wider frame will better showcase a poster print. Wrong Selecting a border width of more than 1" (for artwork 24x36" or smaller) is unnecessary except when aiming for a very specific Rococo / Baroque style. It's possible that a too-large frame will detract from the beauty of your print and even make your artwork look less expensive than it is. Do unusual cases exist? Of course! Most notably if you're having your artwork matted or if there is a lot of white space around it. But if we must keep things simple, this is a good rule to stick to.

New York Travel Poster inspired by Friends

Pictured: Black Architect Frame with a New York City Travel Poster

A black wooden frame with a matte finish, flat / clean lines, and a border width of 1" inch or less is the easiest, most universally flattering, and most cost-effective way to mimic the vintage aesthetic of the poster prints sold on WindowShopGal. This style is classic and timeless, and it looks great with vintage posters.

To achieve a "farmhouse style" or even "boho" look, stray from a modern aesthetic by selecting a rustic finish or stained wood frame. Example images are provided below.   

Cream Boho Farmhouse Decor Ideas

Posters: Hogsmeade Vacation (photo by SageHillCottage), In Omnia Paratus Heritage (photo by the La Fleur House), and Yule Ball (photo by SageHillCottage) Calenzana Frame

Conceptualize Recommendations

Seeking advice on a particular frame Most of the pictures on WindowShopGal.com are framed in black or one of many different wood finishes using the inexpensive Architect Frame from Frame USA. I have no vested interest in promoting their frame; I merely find it attractive and reasonably priced. The Black Tyler Frame, available at Michael's, is yet another attractive option for me because it has a real glass front.

If you're looking for a rustic wood option with a slightly thicker frame border, the Calenzana Frame from Amazon (seen in the above picturesque Instagram photos) is a great choice.

A technical note on frame border widths: for 11x17-inch or smaller prints, aim for a 1/2-inch border; for 18x24-inch or larger art prints, aim for a 3/4-inch border; and for 24x36-inch or larger art prints, aim for a 1-2-inch border.

Have fun sprucing up your home!

Have questions or need help styling your WindowShopGal prints? Let me know in the comments section below. Feel free to post your posters on Instagram and include a tag to me (@WindowShopGal) if you like how they turned out.

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