A Bridge in interior decorating is any element(s) that help tie things placed on one surface, with things hung up on another.
In my June 7, 2011 post titled “Arranging Your Decorative Accessories (Knickknacks and Collectables), I tell you how to make a tablescape. I cover the different heights elements should possess for an interesting display. Now that you know how to do that, I want to tell you about combining the tablescape, with an arrangement of wall decor hung up behind it, to make an even more visually interesting statement.
Hanging Wall Decor over a chest, buffet, sideboard, etc …When hanging wall decor (pictures, dishes, relief sculptures, mirrors, etc.) above a chest, buffet, sideboard, sofa, etc, don’t hand them too high. Position them so the bottom edge of your lowest hung piece of wall decor is 8 to 11 or 12 inches above the chest buffet, etc. People have a tendency to hang things too high. You want the elements on the table top, and things hung up on the wall to act as one, not two separate units.
The Bridge that will tie the elements that make up the tablescape, and the wall decor is/are the tallest element(s) of the tablescape.
Now look at the illustrations. Illustration 1 shows a portrait of a lady. The bridge here is the two candlestick lamps that come up alongside of the frame of the portrait. The bridge brings the eye upward tying the collection of objects on the tabletop with the portrait hung above them.
Illustration 2 shows how one tall lamp helps to tie two tabletop decorative accessories together with two pictures hung up on the wall. Notice how the top edge of the upper picture lines up with the top edge of the lamp shade. The eye moves from the top of one element to another, in one smooth movement.
Illustration 3 is a bit like illustration 2. One large round and arching bridging piece on the left is counterbalanced by two similar round shaped elements on the right. The floral arrangement on the left is kind of overlapping the modern painting.
Illustration 4 shows how you take a collection of the same kind of thing (Chinese blue and white porcelain) from the tabletop, up onto the wall. The bridge here is the pair of candles and candlesticks that direct your eye upward from one surface to another.
So now go and look through decorating magazines. Study how different decorators have bridged tablescapes with wall decor.
Companion Posts …
Arranging Decorative Accessories on a Sofa Table, Buffet, Sideboard or Credenza 3-10-2015,
Picking and Hanging the Right size Picture or Mirror over your Fireplace 6-23-2011,
It’s Easy to make a Grouping of Pictures 6-29-2011,
Making an Interesting Arrangement of Pictures 7-8-2011,
It’s Easy to Hang Pictures up on the Wall 7-17-2011,
Hanging Pictures Around a Room 8-3-2011,
Hanging Pictures over a Sofa 9-12-2011,
Step-by-Step Instructions for Hanging a Gallery Wall 2-15-2015,
It’s Easy to Decorate a Room with a Tall/High Ceiling 2-3-2013.