Earthquake-Safe Art for Above the Bed?

Earthquake-Safe Art for Above the Bed?

Susie Nadler
Jul 15, 2009

Given that we live in a zone where someday, eventually, all of our lovely things are likely to fall off the walls and shelves, we've always avoided hanging art above the bed. Even making use of picture moldings, like Mark and Sunrise Ruffalo do in their bedroom pictured above, strikes us as pretty risky, even if it looks great. (Maybe celebrities are surrounded by forcefields to protect them from falling objects.) But surely there are ways to decorate the space above the bed without risking your life...

This string of family photos (spotted on Decor8) looks pretty, though we're not entirely sure if we'd feel right snoozing under all of their watchful gazes. It's an idea easily translated to other artwork, however, like little affordable prints from a site like Tiny Showcase, or photos you've taken in your travels.

The right piece of art, of course, might need no frame. Somehow this antique poster, which we came across on I Suwannee, looks perfect simply tacked into the wall; with a frame, the rustic vibe might be lost. (Of course, the chandelier poses an earthquake risk as well, but even if you imagine it gone the room is lovely.)

A mural or wallpaper headboard is another good choice. Now if only we could frame our bed with floor-to-ceiling books without fear (of earthquakes and dust allergies)!

What do you think? What are your favorite choices for earthquake-safe bedroom art?

(Images: Domino, Decor8, I Suwannee)

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