Room in need of a refresh? We’ve got a hack for that, and it doesn’t involve a paintbrush. A gallery wall of hand-drawn illustrations, botanical prints and vintage photos is a great way to update your space – simple, but effective. To help you get it right, Emma Najjar from our Buying team shares her insights.
1. Firstly, find a way to tie your gallery wall together – for example, pick a colour and run with it. I chose a set of two dark floral prints for my kitchen because the high contrast illustrations complemented my wall colour beautifully.
2. Combine different styles of art, such as photography, typography and abstract prints. You’ll end up with something really interesting, and your gallery wall will have a curated feel. Need some help? Start with one of our pre-curated sets, and build around it.
3. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try mixing up the frame colours, sizes and materials for variety. Mirrors are also a great way to add depth and create the illusion of space. Go for a decorative round design like Tulsi.
4. Decide on what shape you want your gallery wall to take on before you get hanging. Look at the space you’re planning on filling, and consider what would work best – uniformed prints in a grid-style format, or scattered and relaxed? I decided to stagger these prints from the Natural History Museum down a long, narrow wall in my lounge. I added some plants and it’s created an amazing rainforest feel.
5. Finally, make sure you check out our tips on how to hang wall art, so you’re putting the frames on straight. One wonky frame can lead to a domino effect with the rest…
Article written by: Gwen Gassler