Sunday, March 21, 2010

Decorating with quotes

Quotes make such great (and easy!) decorations - and, with the right quote, it can really set the mood for a room.

Storyteller's Cafe at the Grand Californian Resort at Disneyland (highly recommend, btw)

Framed quote from ZeroDesignz on CafePress

So how to actually add these to the room?

There's the old but good and very easy method of pulling out that unused frame you've got lying around (I'm not the only one with a shelf of frames, right?), pick and print out your quote (perhaps using a fun font from one of those many free fonts sites) and frame it and hang it.  Easy.

For those that don't want their quotes boxed in there's plenty of other ways to decorate - if you're artistic you can just paint them straight onto the wall.  I can't do that.  

For letters that look hand painted I'm intrigued by Wise Decor.  You enter your quote, pick the size, style, and color, and they ship your quote to you all ready to be applied to the wall.  They don't have a lot of fonts but, as Arts and Crafts is one of the few, I'm a fan.

You can hunt down some stencils (I tried to find some free ones but none of them looked terribly craftsman or steampunkish - sorry!) at your local craft store or make your own with your printer, an x-acto knife, and careful cutting.

Alternatively you can cut the letters out of colored paper or thin brass sheets (also cutesy of your local craft store) or anything else you can think of.  Mmmcrafts has a great tutorial on making fabric covered letters - with the right fabric that could be gorgeous.

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