Out of all the pictures we’ve posted on Instagram, gallery walls are always among the most popular. It seems that everyone loves a gallery wall – relatively inexpensive to put together (although you could also go wild), gorgeous to look at and easy to change up by swapping in pictures as you see fit, the only issue is finding the time to hang one….
For some reason frames seem to congregate by, rather than on the wall, in our spare room. It happened in our old house in London until four years in, we spent a morning DIY’ing and hey presto our first gallery wall was born. With a mix of posters, artwork and photos, we loved it and it never failed to bring my joy as I walked up the stairs. But did I recreate this wall as soon as we moved to Sussex? Of course not! But, three years down the line…..it’s time. While the wall is far from being finished (and desperately needs to be painted!), it’s started, which is the main thing, largely thanks to Desenio a brilliant Swedish website offering an incredible range of prints, which (and this is the best bit) allows you to also order inexpensive frames to go with your pictures. Furthermore, it offers plenty of gallery wall inspiration and a handy little tool where you can design your own gallery wall online before purchasing. This, I found incredibly helpful, allowing me to choose prints that sat well together. Obviously, when my wall is finished at home, I’ll mix it in with more of my own photos and artwork, but for instant gallery wall chic, it’s a brilliant idea. (Scroll down for a 25% discount!)
So, how do you create a gallery wall? Clearly I’m not an expert, but my top three tips are….
1. Mix it up
Whilst you can go for a uniform look over a sofa for instance, I much prefer an eclectic layout with different sized artwork and photos placed next to each other. Start with a couple of big images and then build the gallery around them.
2. Should you plan?
Whilst you could (and should in theory) lay all the images on the floor to get the best layout, it’s never worked that way for me. We simply haven’t had the time (or motivation) to plan the walls out that well, and the amount of space you’d need to plan out a stair wall would be huge. So, my tip would be just to go for it. Start with your big print and then hold up other prints next to it to see what works. Obviously it helps if you have someone with you to do this!
3. Nothing has to match
Whilst a beautifully co-ordinated wall of colour has it’s merits, it doesn’t mean that this is the only way to do it. An eclectic wall of memories and images and mismatched frames can work just as well, if not better. Don’t be trapped into not hanging your wall because you don’t have enough of the right frames or images.
4. Don’t wait until you have all the prints
If you do this, then you’ll probably never start. There’s no better motivation than seeing a half-finished gallery wall, so instead of waiting until you’ve curated the perfect collection, just get going. To fill gaps, you could even use postcards or cheap prints, eventually swapping them for images you really love.
We think you should get started straight away, and to help you we’ve teamed up with Desenio to offer all W&W readers an amazing 25% discount. The code “WEARANDWHERE” gives 25% off prints* on all Desenio’s sites between 25th-27th February 2019.
*Except for frames and handpicked-/collaboration/personalised prints.