Nearly three years later and I think I have our small entryway wrapped up. I might not win any awards for speed, but sometimes getting things “right” is worth the wait. I (well, mostly my dad) wallpapered our entry early on and while I love all of the pattern, finding artwork has taken some time.
This is the little wall that’s been in limbo. It’s literally the first thing you see when you come to our front door. (I’m sure the pizza man has been worried about it on his weekly visits.) Although it’s a tiny space, there’s a lot to consider: the trellis pattern, the silhouettes leading up the stairs, the patterned stair runner and the fact that you can see three other rooms from this spot.
I finally decided on this red and pink abstract from Minted that doesn’t compete with everything else while still tying it all together:
By the way, Minted continues to be one of my go-to sources for art. I love that you can find unique pieces from independent artists all over the world. You won’t find work that you see in mass production everywhere else.
A few tips for pairing artwork with patterned wallpaper. . .
White space is your friend. It helps to break up the patterns visually so that the art and paper aren’t in competition. Minted offers both matted and unmatted framing options. (Since I needed a very specific size for this wall, I ended up ordering just the print and framing it myself. So nice to also have that option in lots of sizes!)
Abstract art works well with a busy geometric wallpaper since the patterns “flow” differently.
I like to keep the frame simple. Often a sleek, modern frame will work best. A more ornate design adds another element to what may already be a busy space. (Minted now offers extra thin, matte speciality frames and non reflective UV plexiglass options.)
I’m working on editing more pictures with different angles so you can see how this space all works together. I’ll source everything for you next week, too. :)
Thanks to Minted for sponsoring this post.