There are some decorating decisions you make that look nice and you think they will function well, and then they don’t. Such is the case with a few areas in my studio. I shared the overall plan HERE and we will start rearranging the furniture and working on those larger projects soon, but I’ve started on some of the smaller changes.
One of those changes was making this skinny wall between the two doors work a little smarter…
I hung two bulletin boards with the intention of pinning resources, inspirational pictures, color charts, etc. I’ve pinned this and that, but I never really use it. I also realized the top bulletin board was too high for me to reach all but the lowest part of it, so it remained mostly empty.
With wet paintings leaned up all over the studio, I really needed some picture ledges to use for paintings that are drying.
I ended up getting four white metal picture ledges from Target. They were the perfect size and were deep enough to hold stretched canvases. I also like they have a lip to prevent wet paintings from slipping off and falling on the floor.
I hung one bulletin board low under the shelves and am using it to pin up sketches, value thumbnails, and color swatches I create with each painting. I can easily reference it to remake a color again. It’s also fun to see my color palette emerge. As you can see, I love my greens, blues, and neutrals. (I used to be stingy with my swatches, but now I’m making them big enough, so they are actually helpful. A color blob the size of the tip of a pencil eraser isn’t really helpful!)
I am still going to use my antique dish drainer for smaller paintings, though.
And the wall, in general, is a nice visual. I can enjoy my art in an ever-changing display and when it’s full, I know it’s time for another sale.
I can’t wait to get the closet and built-ins done and do some furniture scooting to get the rest of this space working smarter!