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The Dos and Don'ts of Wall Décor

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Decorating the walls of your apartment can be a daunting task. It's difficult to know where to start when you're staring at a blank wall, but here are a few dos and don'ts to help you get started:

DON'T...

Be afraid to try something new. This is a fresh start for you to do something different. More of a traditionalist? Try a piece of abstract wall décor to mix it up. Now is the time to get out of your comfort zone!

Forget about balance. Be sure to consider the style and color palette of your furniture -- what tones would you like the wall décor to highlight? If your furniture is primarily neutral, consider adding a pop of color to your walls. Similarly, opt for more understated wall décor if your furniture is patterned.

Hang anything too high. A good rule of thumb for wall décor is to hang it at eye level. If you're hanging something above a sofa or bed frame, aim for 8 to 10 inches above the furniture. The wall décor should be an extension of a room's design, so you don't want it floating high above the furnishings. 

DO...

Plan in advance. Before you pick up that nail and hammer, take a minute to think about how you want to arrange your wall décor. If you have multiple pieces, place them on the floor in front of the wall and play with the arrangement until you find one that works. You can even use a tape measure to map out the exact placement of each piece.

Incorporate your own photographs. Blend in your memories and photos on the walls to add some personality. Create groupings of wall décor with framed photos for a more eclectic touch that captures the essence of both.

When it comes to wall décor, there's no need to be intimidated. Just remember to take your time and find pieces that reflect the design themes that appeal to you.