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hanging art in the bathroom; very effective but you can't be too precious about it
With guests coming for Christmas, and a fading hope of getting around to doing the bathroom renovation fully before then, we decided it might be best just to slap some paint on and hang some pictures rather than continue to live in squalor. Although it’s a temporary fix it’s likely to be long term temporary, especially as it’s come together with rather pleasing results.
I share my interiors via Instagram @ridge_and_furrow and this quick makeover was well received so i thought i’d expand on it here.
Hanging the pictures has helped to minimise the piles of frames and artworks that had taken up semi-permanent residence in our living room since we moved house, so there’s additional benefit to hanging them in abundance.
Many of the pieces were given to us by a friend and we knew plenty of them had previously been hung in their bathroom so many have already been effected by steam. It is a potential drawback to hanging art in a bathroom - paper can ripple and even become mouldy in the humidity but so long as you’re not precious about it, I see it as better to enjoy them like this with the risks involved than to let them sit in their piles unseen. Besides our bathroom is very drafty and cold and with no shower it’s rare for the space to become steamy.
We tend to course our pictures in the same way as you might do with paving or stone walls: roughly creating rows and columns of similar widths/heights. The sets and larger pieces lead the way in creating these courses and then we fill in around. We began by offering up the larger pieces and sets to see what fitted and felt good, then adjusting to allow additional space around them that would be sufficient to allow for extra rows and columns of smaller pieces. We hang by eye as too much precision looks up tight, we’d prefer a bit of unforced wonkiness.
We select the items based on age and framing and general tone - in this instance avoiding any strong tones or bold white backgrounds.
Some of the individual pieces:
wall colour is Autentico colour ‘Clay’