Picture This

By Jennifer Barnett

All too often, the task of selecting photos or artwork can be a huge source of anxiety when putting the finishing touches on an interior project. Oftentimes toward the end of a project there isn’t much left in the budget, if any at all, to even spend on artwork. With so many ideas floating around on Pinterest and various other websites it would be a shame to have bare walls. So while you’re waiting for the original masterpiece of your dreams to come along, get creative with what you already have! Transfer photos of your travels to canvas and group them together for greater impact or convert some to black and white and display in a grouping.


Landscapes, whether in color or black and white, are always a conversation starter.  And you probably already have them in your photo collection waiting to be put on display!

Have fun with your camera settings and take several botanicals.  The results can be stunning!   

Display your child’s artwork in a frame; it looks much better, and the child is so proud to see his or her artwork hanging up!

If you were fortunate enough to have inherited paintings from a grandparent or parent who was artistic, you might consider hanging these up, as well. What a great sense of joy it brings seeing my grandmother’s paintings from fifty years ago hanging on my walls!

And don’t be afraid of buying mass-produced art either. I love this oil painting I bought at a chain home décor store a few years ago. It wasn’t expensive and I’m sure hundreds of other people have the same one in their home. But it makes me happy, and that’s what it’s really all about…..surrounding yourself with things that hold meaning to you in a way that makes you happy every time you walk through the door.