Trend Alert: Sign, Sign, Everywhere a Sign
Becky Harris October 18, 2010
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe as "collected." I got into design via Landscape Architecture, which I studied at the University of Virginia. I've been writing about design online for quite a few years over at Hatch: The Design Public Blog.
Houzz Contributor. Hi there! I live in a 1920s cottage in Atlanta that I'll describe... More
I'm always looking for artwork that is a bit unexpected. While stealing street signs is a no-no, hanging vintage signs is a trend that's here to stay. Fun light bulb marquees, funny painted signs, old bus scrolls and subway signs make a statement and start conversations. Keep Calm and Carry On and Enjoy These Signs!
This image has been a Houzz favorite ever since it was first posted. I always wonder if it was created to be a work of art, or if such a large sign that says "THERAPY" really hung outside some psychiatrist's office.
This Jonathan Adler-designed lobby at The Parker Palm Springs is one of the best uses of a vintage sign I've ever seen.
Just in case this kitchen wasn't welcoming enough, the host has added a permanent greeting with a "Cheers" sign on the wall.
Vintage letters are another way to make your own sign. I spied this in an office on a house tour—the owner's business was called GubStuff.
This sign brings in a touch of French flair.
I hope there isn't a road out there missing this sign, but it looks great in this bedroom.
I think this might make a little more sense if the "Simplify" sign was underneath a small television or an old radio, but I still like it!
I'd love to know the story behind where "The Limit" sign came from. Was it at the top of a ski hill? Was it a tavern? Anyone care to guess? Let me know in the comments section.
The wooden "School" sign gives this tot a hint of what's to come.
I'm scared of mannequins, but I love the way this person has combined so many different elements into this room—the map, a few signs, bright pops of color and enough white space to let each piece stand out.
Vintage subway signs have reached a tipping point. That is to say that now instead of hunting down old scrolls, you can order replicas from popular catalogs.
You can see why they are so popular—the crisp graphics fantastic fonts in black and white are powerful. They are here to stay.
Not ready to commit to a sign just yet? Get your feet wet by using photographs of signs.
This "F" is from a TGIFridays!
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