Decorating Your Growing Family’s Wall

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Decorations and accessories are what make a home home. They are the reason you feel relaxed in your home, find comfort in it, and relish in the ease that this private space provides you with. Houses provide you with shelter, but homes are what bring you closer to your family: by sharing a space you build a deep connection with your parents/ siblings/children. That’s why, the way you enhance your living space impacts your relationship with the people you live with. It establishes feelings of belonging, togetherness and intimacy. And while decorations can be as generic as rugs and carpets to as intricate as hanging a dreamcatcher, there’s a je ne sais qoui about having personalised or special ornaments around the house. It’s one of the reasons why walls are such a popular medium of personalising your house — the large, empty space is perfect to display almost any thing, be it photos, art, lights, and murals, amongst numerous wall decors.

1. Why decorate your walls?

With a growing family, time passes fast. It’s a busy life and moments pass by fast. By putting up photographs or art that mark a significant or important occasion, these precious points are immortalised and honoured. Not only do they keep the history of your family visual and memorable, these memorabilia also teach the young ones in the family about cherishing and appreciating family time. It’s pretty definite that as you grow, you are bound to forget some (if not, most) memories from your childhood. By keeping a habit of documenting and displaying these memories on your walls, you lead a lifestyle that encompasses the values of gratitude and thankfulness. At the same time, your children or any other younger members of the family learn from the behaviour they observe, and learn to be more thankful and appreciative of their families as well.

In fact, psychologists have studied the effect of having family photographs displayed in homes. They found that children with photos displayed in the home grew up with a greater sense of belonging and confidence; they had stronger feelings of value and a better understanding of where they came from. Not only that, wall decors also enhance the aesthetics of your house, and sets a tone for your family and you. With the exceptions of renovations and makeovers, the decorations of your house set a focal point, create a colour palette, bring a sense of texture, and give your house a finishing look: all of these contribute to make your house a familiar and domestic vibe to it. To both old family members and new, such a vibe provides them with a sense of pleasantness and relaxation.

2. How to decorate your walls?

As mentioned, there are numerous ways to decorate your walls. Each way or method of decorating has its own charms and brings something new and fresh to the table.

  • Personal Photographs

Perhaps photographs would be the foremost and the most common choice of decorations in your mind. They’re the most personalisable (and cheap) forms of decor that you can have in your house. Framed, unframed, polaroids, film photographs — the list is inexhaustible. They also come with sentimentality and fondness, creating a nice, personal touch of affection when you display them.

  • Art Photography and Art

If you decide that personal photographs aren’t your thing, or if you don’t want to display too many of them, art photography and art is also a good way of bringing personality into your home. Sometimes, it’s not just personal photographs that personalise your home.

For example, one can choose to hang up paintings that bring some positivity, holds a special meaning to them, or lets you work towards something. For me, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers (1889) brings a sense of subtle happiness, especially after a bad day. Other than that, it also evokes emotions of hope in me to one day visit the Van Gogh Museum, which boasts rows of fresh sunflowers (that visitors can take home).

However, the art can be as simple as something your child has dedicated to you, or something that you really liked chanced upon it online. As long as it evokes something positive and beautiful in you, it’s good enough to decorate your walls with.

  • Lights, Trinkets, Mirrors and Other Ornaments.

    If you’d like to personalise your walls, but not make them personal, that’s perfectly valid too! And there are many ways to do that. You can put up fairy lights, ornaments, and mirrors to give your house a more homely feel without making it too intimate, probably ideal for those who are living away from their families but yet want a sense of comfort. From what I’ve observed from my friends studying overseas, they tend to replicate some forms of decorations from their homes back in Singapore: this provides them with a sense of comfort and belonging. Thus, should you choose to decorate your house with generic and non-intimate items, fret not! They still give a sense of aesthetic and design to your house that your fellow family members will come to identify with.

Which walls to decorate?

Walls are in abundance in any house. Well, unless you have an open concept. Most houses, I guess, do have an abundance of walls. Which walls to decorate, and how to do so in a way that won’t seem like an overload?

  • Shared, Common Spaces

Places like the dining room, living room, balconies, and hallways are ideal for large pieces of work, if you have any. This is because these are usually the largest areas in your houses and will not look crowded or smaller with large pieces of work. Do try to keep them at a minimum, though, if not one’s eyes will not be drawn to these works, and rather have too much going on at the same time. To bring some variation, mix different types of wall decors, and change up their sizes as well. You can have a large photograph surrounded by smaller ones, or a photograph accompanied with lights, trinkets and ornaments. Don’t be afraid to have bold, attention-catching pieces and smaller pieces to accompany them.

  • Working Spaces

If you have a room just to work in, go for photographs and art with calming colours: blue, green, pale orange, etc. Colours that complement your walls but aren’t too bright or striking. These are also good spaces to hang up any black-and-white photos if you have any. I would also advise having a maximum of two or three pieces in the room to give the room an uncluttered feel to have an optimal working environment.

  • Bedrooms

In bedrooms, it’s good to have photographs, memorabilia or art centred around red or purple themes, which are emotion-evoking but also relaxing. Frame these above your bed’s headboard to focus the attention there. Again, don’t place works that are too complicated or engaging, which can stop you from getting ample rest and a good night’s sleep.

If you’re excited to get decorating, but aren’t sure where to look, you can start ahead with Revel’s collection of prints! Alternatively, there are also photo canvases that you might want to get to put up your photos in! Whichever form of wall decor you choose, know that there’s no good or bad option, and that each memoir has a way of enhancing the atmosphere of your home and your growing family.