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September 27, 2011

Need Help Adding Artwork to Your Walls? Ask Eduardo Xol for Expert Advice

Interior design magazines and home makeover shows make dressing up walls and windows look nearly effortless. That is, of course, until you try to put those tips to the test in your own living room.

Maybe you were left with a hodgepodge of valances, draperies and family photos that just didn’t quite come together like they did on those glossy pages. Then again, maybe your situation calls for a question not covered by your favorite magazine or television show.

That’s where Magazines.com’s “Ask An Expert” series comes to the rescue! Each month we’ll feature a topic and an expert that you can ask your most pressing home design questions.  If our expert chooses your question to answer, you’ll win a gift. You’ll have the chance each month to win a free gift card from Magazines.com and some of your favorite stores!

This month Eduardo Xol, a leading designer, author and contributor on lifestyle and design topics, is here to tackle your questions about how to dress up walls with family photos, art and color and how to select window treatments to complement the photo frames and the texture of the artwork you might use.

Eduardo has put these design principles into practices as a former star designer for seven seasons on the two-time Emmy-winning TV show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” by helping many families by creating spaces that allow them to get more out of life. He is also an award-winning author of two books, “Home Sense” and “Extreme Entertaining Made Simple,” and has contributed to People en Español magazine, AOL and The Huffington Post.

This month we’re giving away gift cards to Art.com and Magazines.com for the best questions!

Here’s how it’ll work…
1.    To be eligible to win a gift card, write your question(s) for Eduardo in the comment section below this blog post. (You’ll need to include a valid email address, but it won’t be published.) You must post your questions by noon PST on Sept 29.
2.    Let people know about your question on Twitter or Facebook by posting the following: “Check out the design question I asked @EduardoXol for the @magazines Lifestyle & Design Expert Q&A! http://bit.ly/npSMXp #askeduardo.”
3.    On Friday Sept. 30 Eduardo will answer the best questions in a blog post here and we’ll reward the authors with gift cards to Art.com and Magazines.com.

Ask Eduardo your questions right now in the comment section below for your chance at an expert solution and be entered to win a gift card!

For more great advice and inspiration, follow Eduardo on Twitter @EduardoXol and on his Facebook fan page. And of course, be sure to keep in touch with us here at the blog and on Twitter @magazines to stay in the loop with our “Ask An Expert” series.



About the Author

Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan
Michelle Ryan is obsessed with good food, great shoes and Alabama football way down South in Savannah, Georgia. She hasn’t met a kitchen gadget she hasn’t at least thought about buying (trying them is another story) and devotes her time to Bikram Yoga, baking and trying to overcome long-held finicky eating habits.




  • http://www.facebook.com/illidia Jaime Trotter

    Hi Eduardo,

    My living room has a medium colored wood paneling (it looks most similar to Cinnamon Oak Wood on the American Pacific website) and I’m having a hard time figuring out what color window panels would look best with the walls and our sage green couch. In addition, what type of artwork/pictures would you recommend for a very casual living room, with the aforementioned wood paneling? Thanks so much!

    Jaime

  • Anne Wayne

    Eduardo,

    We have a long hall leading from our front door to the living area, would love to put family pictures on this wall. So my question is: Should all the frames be the same (color, wood, metal etc..) and what about having black and white photos mixed in with color photos. Thanks for your help!

    Anne

  • Jess

    Hi, Eduardo!

    My fiance and I are moving into our new home soon, and fortunately for us, the entire house is neutral. We can’t wait to start playing around with paint colors. My question is: How do you know which paint color/shade is best for each room? (i.e. Bright for living room? Dark for dining room or bedroom?) We like variety, but don’t want an overkill of colors. Thanks so much!

    xo; Jess

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcos.bellet Marcos Bellet

    I have many more paintings than walls! And I have most of them stored in my closet because I am not sure on how and where to display them. Do groupings work best? Is there any rule on how to group paintings? Should they have a common theme? Or can they be different styles as long as the group is well balanced? Also, can white frames work against white walls?

  • Inga

    Hi, Eduardo!
    My question is related to window coverings. I have five different size windows and sliding glass doors in one great room. What can I do about window coverings to have a consistent one room look?

  • Melody

    Hello Eduardo!
    I used to have no problem deciding on how to decorate my home. But, I now have a toddler that is on a mission to destroy everything beautiful in our home. Any advice you can give on helping us make our home attractive while keeping things away from our little adventurer? We are overwhelmed by the destruction and addition of everything for baby/toddler. Thank you!