Graphic designer Anne Golliher takes to the walls of her Minneapolis home to create a look that's fresh yet traditional. "Though our house is small, filling the walls with pieces we love makes the rooms feel layered, inviting, cozy and reflective of our family," Anne says. "Surprisingly, the space also feels bigger because your eye is drawn up and around the room."Art collected through the years comes together beautifully when you anchor the space with one or two large pieces, limit frames to three colors and include a little black. "If you add one black piece, you can make it look grounded, not chaotic," Anne says.
Stumped by the master bedroom's low ceiling, slanted walls and many doors, Anne consulted with designer Lauren Liess online (laurenliess.com). Lauren's advice to paint both the walls and ceiling a dark color made all the difference, says Anne, who chose Behr's Starless Night blue. Playing to the room's cabinlike yet traditional feel, antlers crown an artful display. Anne drilled a hole in the skull so she could hang it with ribbon tied to a drawer pull secured to the wall with a dowel screw.
A row of framed art hung around William's room visually unifies walls chopped up by numerous doors and windows. Anne selected dark frames for all the pictures then centered them along a horizontal line.