Contemporary and Casual Living Room

A couple with differing opinions finds a compromise in subtle green paint and classic furnishings.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe couple's artwork gives Dacoda inspiration for a new take on framing art. She has two mattes painted onto the wall for a contemporary look, while frames built from door casing add a classic feel.
Materials and Tools:

interior wall paint
large picture frame
small nails
thin yarn (one shade darker than desired paint color)


1. Tape off a square on the wall and paint desired color. In this case, they used a color taken from the artwork.
2. If not using a bought frame, make one by nailing together pieces of crown molding or door framing. Paint the frame if desired.
3. Hang the artwork and frame.
4. Using small nails, hammer a nail into the wall under each corner of the artwork and underneath each corner of the frame. Remove the artwork and frame from the wall.
5. Using the thin yarn, wrap it around the nails from the corner of the frame to the corner of the artwork. This gives the look of mitered edges on a frame and gives depth to the mat and frame.
6. Re-hang the artwork and frame.