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If you are looking to inject colour and life into your home, either adding to the vibrancy of a colourful home or else adding a pop of personality to a modern and relatively plain room, you need look no further than tapestries. Traditionally woven from fabric by hand, modern tapestries still rely heavily on a fabric material base, with many modern designs moving away from the intricacy of a portrait and towards the more abstract use of coloured patterns and designs. The most common material used to craft tapestries has long been wool, with the most traditional designs using inflections of red and gold to create a grand and opulent finish. These kinds of designs are still popular in stately homes and large country houses, with many homeowners seeking a traditional design to add a sense of grandeur to an office room or hallway. In the modern home, however, tapestries serve a new purpose. With very bold and vibrant designs crafted from a variety of colours and textured fabrics and materials, modern tapestries breathe life into a room in entirely new ways. In a very modern and neutral home, tapestries add colour where before there was none – though we do recommend buyers give thought to the mount of their tapestry in a modern room before investing due to the way that fabric and material falls – often not in the straight lines required by a modern home style.

How to hang a tapestry

Tapestries typically hang on a slat of hardwood using loops of material factored into their design at the top of the tapestry – with some including a second strip of wood along the bottom of the design to hold the complete material taut. While many modern tapestries come with the wooden beam already included, there are others which come as a mere stretch of material – allowing the user to select and choose their own piece of wood in line with the rest of the room. One of the most popular ways of hanging a tapestry is in fact from a curtain pole, using the artistic decorative accessory as a functional curtain for privacy as well. This is often the case in living spaces and office rooms where the light does not need to be blocked completely, but rather simply covered to ensure privacy.

Choosing the right tapestry

Far from the common misconception that tapestries have to cover an entire wall, buyers are often surprised to find that smaller and more intricate tapestries are just as popular as the larger ones – with smaller pieces lending themselves particularly well to quotes, small portraits and meaningful patterns. When it comes to choosing the right size for your wall, consider the size of the space and the kind of design you want. We often find buyers overpowering their room with a large and very brightly coloured piece which covers too much wall space. If this is the case, consider a design which uses lighter colours and leaves large sections without patterning in order to create a sense of harmonious balance across the piece as a whole. For smaller rooms with smaller walls, look for small tapestries which have wooden mounts built into their design – as the wooden mount serves as a frame and keeps the pattern contained within its smaller area. The lack of wooden structuring in larger tapestries sits well on blank larger walls, but can sometimes create the illusion of the design spilling out onto the wall – and this can make a small room appear even smaller and more limited in terms of space.

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