the art of the salon wall five tips for creating a gorgeous gallery space at home.
salon wall is our celebrated way to display a highly personal, visually
interesting mix of art and pieces that suddenly become art once cleverly
arranged in a creative montage. want to create your own? our visuals
manager and resident salon wall expert, ashley parsons, leads the way:
amidst the jumble, find harmony.
warm and cool colors; visually heavy and visually light pieces; and
graphic, painterly and photographic pieces so that, as a whole, it’s
easy on the eyes. (arranging pieces on the floor first will help you
find the big picture—and avoid errant holes in your walls.) and if
you’re using pieces with words, don’t group them together: “they’ll feel
less special if you do,” says ashley.
should fit the same profile: similar, but not exactly the same. “the
charm of a salon wall is visual cohesion that’s still eclectic and fun,”
says ashley. try using all the same color, or different colors in the
same width. (we love a mix of black, white and brass.)
she advises, “use the frames to pick up complimentary colors in other
pieces.” and if it’s a specific color you’re after, buy raw wood frames
and spray paint them any which way you like.
pay attention to spacing.
images should stay relatively clustered, and watch out for rogue gaps.
if you’re working with a little art and a lot of wall, identify a small
space to group them together rather than spreading them out.
tell a story.
it’s not essential to a visually appealing salon wall, a theme or
thread that runs through your images makes it personal—“even if your
theme is ‘these are things that I love,’” says ashley. “it should make
sense to you.” if you really want a cohesive statement, try using a
series of portraits or illustrations.
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Imagine Steve getting his first modern haircut in the 21st century.
Nat swears by this
place, and Steve can almost understand why. It’s a little hole in the wall
salon, toeing the line between chic and pretentious. The chairs are worn but
plush, the art doesn’t make any sense but still has the air of inspiration, and
everyone who works there is very funny but Steve is starting to wonder if they
were all also trained in the red room because he swears Nat quirks her eyebrows
just like that when she makes a terrible pun.
It’s just that when Steve pictures
getting a haircut, this is so far from what comes to mind. When he was growing
up, every barber shop on the block was light years out of his price range. Like
many of the neighborhood kids, Steve walked around sporting the best bowl cut
his mother could manage. If you weren’t satisfied by that, you learned how to
deal with it. At that point, Steve had more pressing concerns that what was
lying on his head.
After the serum, it was all Army barbers and
razors from there on out. Right up until Natasha got a glint of mischief in her
eye and asked why he never changed his look.
“So what do you think, Stars and Stripes?” The
hairdresser who just finished the last of his touchups asks, removing the black
and silver smock from around Steve’s torso. “Everything you hoped it would
Steve had very little
investment in the direction his hair was going, so he had turned the reins over
to Nat when he was first asked what he was looking for in a style. In
retrospect, this was probably an incredible act of trust and friendship, but
Steve knew in his gut that she had forgotten more about good taste that he
would ever know. He caught the reflection of her satisfied smile in the mirror
as Steve surveyed the damage.
It was sticking up in
a way that seemed to defy the basic laws of gravity. His normally golden hair
was highlighted and streaked, with a splash of blue over his bangs that perfectly
matched his eyes. He had seen this kind of look before in countless billboards
and movies but to see it move on his own head, that was something else.
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