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January 24, 2013 in Design Dilemma
I just recently hung the 6 black and white photos behind the knee wall behind the couch. But, I feel it still doesn't look right. Can anyone help why it looks off? Changes I thought in possibly making:

1. Placing a very narrow bench under the pictures.
2. Using frames that have a more narrow border.
3. Add a third row of pictures at the top.
4. Ditching this idea altogether by replacing it with one, large piece of framed modern art.

Or, should I leave as is?
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Emily Hurley
I actually really like it, though it could be a tiny bit higher.
January 24, 2013 at 3:55PM     
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Tres McKinney Design
I would add one more row of photos. Line the top row at the same height as the top of the door casing and the next two rows tightly spaced as you have them now. I think it is looking odd to you because the current grouping is so linear behind the linear sectional and knee wall. A taller more square grouping will have more impact.
January 24, 2013 at 3:56PM     
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Judith Taylor Designs
That would have to be a very narrow bench for the door to open. There could be a bit more breathing space between the frames. I think what might be bothering you is that there doesn't seem to be anything else in the space which is that graphic. Can you repeat this black graphic elsewhere in the space? What about painting the door, or the cap on top of the ledge to underscore the display?
January 24, 2013 at 3:59PM     
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Hmmm. I'd be tempted to put up a "chair rail" below the photos in a pattern that repeats the wood trim of the half-wall just behind the sofa.
January 24, 2013 at 4:01PM   
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Jayme H.
I like the way it looks
January 24, 2013 at 4:15PM     
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Thanks everyone, for your wonderful input. I quickly photoshopped what a third row would look like. Is it too much or is it the missing link I've been looking for? (please excuse the terrible photoshop job!) :)
January 24, 2013 at 4:45PM     
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Jennifer Hogan
We tend to stay safe, but safe isn't very interesting. When I glance at your photo I see 3 sets of 3 rectangles. The couch cushions and the two rows of pictures.

First thing that came to mind was an excel spreadsheet. I love black and white photos, but having different sizes and placing them in an interesting pattern would work better.

I also feel like the two spaces are disjointed. Instead of black frames and white mats around the black and white photos you may want to pull in some of the colors from the living area with wood frames and cream or tan mats.

Personally I would go with a large piece of art that pulls in the colors from the living space.
January 24, 2013 at 4:46PM     
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Andrew Tyrwhitt
I really like it too! Maybe an orchid or plant for just a touch of colour.
January 24, 2013 at 4:48PM   
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I liked it the way it was. Hey...it could be fun to take a photo, scan it and do an iron on transfer and put it on a toss pillow for the sofa.
January 24, 2013 at 4:51PM     
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I like it the way it is. Two rows of three.
January 24, 2013 at 5:01PM     
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I really liked the way it was.
January 24, 2013 at 5:01PM     
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Do what you like! Look at Pottery Barn online for ideas. If you're going to do a third row I would bring them all down some. Make sure the photos are something that is personal to you or else you will tire of it
January 24, 2013 at 5:04PM   
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The subject matter is also full of rectangles, Jennifer, and 9 of them is really too much. Is the the only wall you have for artistic license?
January 24, 2013 at 5:09PM   
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Jayme H.
I think the 2 rows look better, three gets too high up on the wall and looks too busy, in my opinion.
January 24, 2013 at 5:13PM     
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I like 2 rows of 3
January 24, 2013 at 5:33PM   
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If you pull up for another row at the top of the door frame, why not add a 4th row below? Make it a full wall "picture". Just a thought. A chair rail as mentioned the same height as the knee wall (?) below the pictures would be another solution.
January 24, 2013 at 5:35PM   
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I don't dislike the two rows, I think the problem is that normally these photos would be immediately above the lounge, the fact that they are set back because of the entrance way throws the depth of perspective out so the photos look smaller than they are. I would like to see one or two photos or paintings of a size to fill space the 6 photos take, that would visually bring them forward and more into the room.
January 24, 2013 at 5:43PM   
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Sorry, I was kinda replying to what Jennifer said, not calling you Jennifer, lyracaluag. When I saw it in print it looked like I was. I think you should try a slim floating shelf under three of the photos hung vertically one above the other with an inch or two of space between. They should be toward one end of the shelf, then add a tall simple floral arrangement (maybe Bittersweet) on the opposite side of the shelf. Use the other prints in a hall, bath, etc. Agree with previous poster that they need an inner mat with just a touch of your accent or sofa color to tie them to the room better.
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January 24, 2013 at 5:58PM     
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lauren beyda
I like 2 rows. You can always switch around pictures-
but hey heres an idea! how about making an H 1 vertical row on left of 3- next one in middle and then another vertical 3. Gives some dimension.
January 24, 2013 at 5:58PM   
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lauren beyda
However ooldro is right- and decoenthusiaste has some great ideas!!
January 24, 2013 at 6:02PM     
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Jacqueline Pestano
How abound some accent cushions to spread the theme around the space
January 24, 2013 at 6:12PM   
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Maybe at a sofa table with a nice bowl or lamp underneath them? Is that an entryway? You could tuck an ottoman or two small round ones under it (the table) for seating if that is a coat closet, for dressing?
January 24, 2013 at 6:21PM   
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Dalucci Design
I think it could be fixed by hanging them two columns of 3 vertically. I think the left most side of the collage is too close to the door is all. While also, I think adding a black and white print (front face) and a colored (back face) throw pillow will pull the collage into the room. Also, there is a lot of white. How about a coat of paint on the wall with the frames, the wall the door is on and the wall facing us in the picture which is part of the living room. Use a soothing grey and then switch out those frames with colored or patterned frames. POP! The room need somes texture, some surface change. Add texture and color with the paint, the frames and textured colored throws and a b&w throw on top.
January 25, 2013 at 8:42AM   
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Dalucci Design
AND paint the window wall as well. It may sound like a lot of work, but the impact will be tremendous!
January 25, 2013 at 8:44AM   
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