Your home is your sanctuary, your place to step away from the busy world of work and general chaos. It is the place that you take solitude in, that you can find your peace in. It is also space for you to express yourself and personify your tastes and personality. Tastes and concepts of interior design can differ vastly from person to person. Psychologists have, over the years, stated just how important a person’s living space is to their well-being.
Decoration of the home is vital to creating a space of calmness and well-being for the occupant. And each person can have vastly different tastes. Some people may like the minimal, clean looks, with defined edges and monotone colors, while others will prefer vibrant, dramatic themes, filled with textures and colors. Neither of these is wrong, however, if someone is forced to spend time in a space that doesn’t suit their tastes, psychologists claim that it can negatively impact their mental health.
So, if you are looking to re-do your living space a bit and add some of your personality and taste to a room, we thought we would help out. There is a very simple, quick and affordable way to transform a room within minutes. Hanging tapestries can be your answer to changing up the look of a room within minutes, and you can choose from various different themes, colors and even, levels of luxury. Here is a full guideline of how you can choose and hang your new wall tapestry.
Type of Tapestry
The first thing that you may be thinking is that tapestries are very outdated and that they won’t really have a place in your ultra-modern home. This is where you are wrong. Tapestries, together with everything else in the world have evolved over the years, and you no longer just have the choice of a thick wool creation depicting some foreign scene. Today, you can choose from different materials including wool, cotton, silk, and linen. Wall hangings can be very delicately woven, with unique and intricate techniques, with the more expensive ones being hand-woven. Every technique is forged from different parts of the world, so if you do your research correctly, you can get your hands on some unique, classic pieces that will add that bit of luxury to your home.
That being said, tapestries can come in various themes and you can choose a specific theme and color to match your home. Traditional tapestries from the orient, for example, are rich in color and have captivating images, while nordic hangings can be more structured and patterned with subtle coloring.
Not only can they be specifically hand-made, as mentioned before, but you can buy a tapestry that has been digitally made and even screen-printed tapestries. Screen printing takes a bit longer as these use mesh to make the patterns.
Matching a Tapestry to Your Home
The next thing to consider, after what it is made of, is how you are going to integrate a wall hanging into your home. If you have a home that exudes vibrancy and is rich with colors and textures, you will want to go for a tapestry that will enhance this look. Boho and hippie tapestries are very common and hugely popular. They explode with colors and patterns and can be added to a wall to add an extra texture and depth to the room.
If, however, these are too dramatic for your taste, you can opt for something a little more subdued, but which can still add some flair to your home. Say, for example, you are finding that your home is overbearingly monotone, and you have only added three very basic colors to your color scheme, you can add some color with a tapestry-like The Great Wave, a beautiful Japanese artwork that depicts the view Mount Fuji. This can be the subtle touch of color that you really didn’t know you needed, and if still too dramatic, can be downplayed with a plant being placed near it, or with a statement light on a bare white wall opposite it.
If you are the ultra-minimalist, and the thought of any kind of any dragon or hippie tapestry being hung in your home send shivers down your spine, there is something for you. The harshness of a minimal home can be toned down slightly by hanging on a statement wall. Here, you can choose simple colors and patterns that will just break up the overbearingness that minimal styles can have. Look at the patterns and colors from the nordic countries. These are usually geometric, repetitive patterns with subtle blues, greens, greys or even yellows that can fit right into your modern home.
Hanging Your Tapestry
There are various ways to hang up your tapestry, and ways to make sure that it pops on the wall by decorating around it. Let’s first take a look at how to hanging it. There are several ways to hang up a tapestry:
- Nails or pushpins;
- Stretching over a frame;
- Hanging from a rod;
- Hanging in a frame;
- Using a baseboard;
- Making a canopy.
Naturally, every tapestry will have its own ways of hanging it. A very expensive, classic and old tapestry cannot be hung off nails, and most not even stretched over a frame. If you are in possession of a rare tapestry, your best bet will be to frame it to protect it. Some, however, can be stuck to the wall with velcro or nails. Just make sure that it is not too heavy as it will damage the tapestry.
Lastly, consider how you are going to decorate around the tapestry. Keep in mind that lighting is important. Will you have a light shining on the tapestry to highlight it, or will you have a statement light placed in the corner to balance the room? You can also add fairy lights onto the tapestry if you are going for the boho look. Where are you placing plants and mirrors? Try not to place a mirror directly opposite a tapestry as you can make the room look really small unless you do have a huge room, and that will add some depth. Plants can help accent the tapestry, so choose between hanging and a tall-growing plant like a snake plant or fern.
Tapestries are no longer considered decoration for the ’70s and 80’s homes. They have evolved and developed over the years and now provide an easy way for you to transform your room rather quickly, easily, and depending on the type of tapestry, affordably.