To celebrate Art Month, we’ve been working with Interiors Blogger, Jess from Gold is a Neutral on a 3 part blog series with tips, tricks and inspiration for art in your home.
Who run the world? I think we all know the answer to that. But sometimes
even the most driven of us need a little extra motivation to get things done,
especially if you work from home or are freelance, where the procrastination
struggle is real. One super easy and super stylish way to give yourself a
creativity boost is to surround yourself with positivity in the form of a
kickass girl power gallery wall. And tea. Never underestimate the
motivational properties of a good cup of tea.
So channelling my inner girl boss, I created this inspirational wall using
some of my favourite art finds on Etsy. But getting your gallery wall right is
not as straightforward as it might at first look. There are a few rules you
need to bear in mind, and things to consider before you get started.
Here are my tips on framing and creating #gallerywallgoals
Pick a theme or colour palette
If you’re starting from scratch it’s a good idea to decide on a theme before
you start buying as this will hold your gallery wall together. Also think
about sticking to a limited colour palette or tones to avoid it looking like too
much of a hotch potch. Obviously this gallery is guided by the power of the
girl and I’ve stuck to a palette of pink, red, black and white.
– Buy what you love, not just because you need to fill space
Whether you are choosing pieces for your gallery wall in one go, or building
it up over time, it’s really important that you go for things that you love.
Choose the things that evoke feelings in you whenever you look at them. It’s
likely that you are you are going to be looking at this everyday and if you
just smash and grab, the chances are you’ll soon grow bored of it.
Now you’ve chosen your prints, what’s next? Next you need to think
about your frames. In my humble opinion, how you choose to frame
your prints can make or break how they look. Whether your art cost £3
or £300, your choice of frame can make all the difference.
Again, a theme is a good idea.
One option is to go matchy matchy and choose the same style and colour of
frame but in different sizes. This works really well with all white, or all
black frames for example. It results in a sleeker, more composed gallery
wall. Alternatively you can mix it up with different style frames from simple
black to ornate baroque. But even here I’d stick to a maximum of two
colours…black and gold for example. Otherwise it’s too much of a
headache to look at.
Most artwork looks better with a mount. The border makes your artwork
standout and gives them more of a bespoke edge. I like to buy greetings
cards for a few pounds because it’s a really affordable way of tapping into
some beautifully skilled artists. Framing them up with the addition of a
mount always makes them look more special. These Jade Fisher cards are a
perfect example of this. (The You Rock card is also available in a larger
Get the professionals in for your special pieces
I’d say anything that cost more than £75 is worth getting framed
professionally because they will be able to show you how to bring the very
best out of your artwork.
Go for longevity
Make sure your mounts are acid free to preserve the prints for longer. When
it comes to the cover, many places are offering acrylic inserts instead of
glass now. These tend to be cheaper and you can’t really tell the difference
once they are up on the wall, however it’s worth bearing in mind that they
scratch easier so be careful when you are inserting your print.
So you’ve chosen your prints and you’re happy with your frames…it’s
time to get this show on the road. But hold your horses as there are just
a couple more things to think about before you start banging holes in
your wall. These are my last few tips and then you’re all set.
Pick your spot for maximum impact
The great thing about gallery walls is that they can work in so many
different spots in your house and you can make them as big or as small as
you like. Because this one was all about motivation and inspiration, I chose
to hang it above my home office desk, but it would work equally well in a
girls bedroom or even a small bathroom/powder room, so you can feel
inspired, even when you’re on the loo.
Consider your layout
Lay it all out on the floor first to work out where you want to place it. So if
it’s above a desk like mine, consider having a central anchor piece and have
the other pieces satellite off it. However if it’s a larger wall then it makes
sense to go right the way across it. If you’re doing this, it’s easier to work
from right to left. Mark the edges of your space up to act as a guide and
work within that. You could also create an image template using pieces of
paper cut to size and sticking them to your chosen wall. Whichever method
you prefer, once you’ve settled on your layout, take a photo of it on your
Don’t have it too uniform
Unless you are going for a linear grid look, make sure your frame
placement isn’t too uniform. Set each frame a few inches higher or lower
than the one next to it. It adds interest. Having said that, I do like to keep the
same distance gap between each frame as you go across. Stick to around 2-3
inches between each one as it’s easier on the eye that way.
Make sure you have the right materials
Make sure you have the correct items for hanging your art. Check the
weight of your framed prints and make sure you have strong enough picture
hooks or Command Strips (if that’s your jam) for the job. You don’t want to
get it all up only to see it come crashing down again a couple of hours later
because you’ve used the wrong nails.
If you make a mistake, don’t panic!
If you’ve miscalculated something and realise once you start hanging, don’t
panic! You might even prefer it this way. But if you don’t, it’s easily
resolved. And the beauty of a gallery wall is that the chances are the next
piece of art will cover up the hole left by your little slip. Even if it doesn’t a
quick bit of polyfilla and a touch of paint will cover it up no worries.
Level it up
Once your wall is up, use a spirit level to straiten everything out. My own
house has wonky Victorian walls and even my best efforts to get things
straight from the outset will often be foiled by my stubborn, old walls.
Blog post by Jess Hurrell from Gold is a Neutral.