The time has come for my favorite part of each interior project – decorating! In case you thought I preferred having concrete on my face, paint under my nails, cleaning or have a back pain from carrying furniture, nope. I don’t. I’m much more happy when I get to play with the pretty things.
I have started with planning the gallery wall above the sofa in the studio, which is probably one of the last parts of the decorating process but I have received some new, beautiful prints from Minted and simply couldn’t resist!
As I mentioned in the past posts, the most important thing about the gallery wall is WHAT the wall says and I guess if my could speak, we would be having a relaxed kind of conversations. I’m definitely one of these people who like to be surrounded by pretty pieces which get me in a good mood, nothing too heavy or dark.
So today I will share with you a few tips and tricks I follow each time when hanging art:
1. Choose color palette – this is quite important, unless you are going for a totally eclectic and random look. To make your gallery wall coherent, try to think about main colors you want to see and choose your art accordingly (I would go with 3 main colors, in my case it was pink (kind of predictable!) gray and white + a few side colors. On my wall you can see pops of black + brownish + green.
2. Mix your Art – try to choose different kinds of art and different sizes to create interesting look and then mix them all up – I have used – Minted graphic art, watercolor, typography with my own framed photography, a DIY art (framed leaf – click for tutorial here) and a hat.
3. Frame your art – somebody once told me that the frames should be chosen for the art not for a room – hence even if you think that a gold, antique frame would go great with your room decor, maybe it’s not the best choice for a modern, graphic poster. I think you got the point. Of course it is important to keep in mind, the look of the room, when choosing frames but make sure they enhance the art you are going to place inside or go for neutral, light frames like I did.
4. Now comes the hard part – how do I hang my art? I’m not sure if I’m an expert but I have hung art a few times in my life so I can share with you my experience. Once your art is framed, arrange it on a floor to see how much space it takes when grouped together, as ONE gallery wall. Then play with the arrangement until you like the composition. I have arranged it, in front of the sofa, so I could immediately see the width of the composition in regards to the sofa size.
5. Add unexpected element – who said gallery wall has to consist only of frames? Add mirros / clocks / dream catchers / clothing items (a hat like me or necklace), dried flowers / vintage camera / geometric mobile – get creative and see what will look best on your wall.
6. Wall check – You probably know this already but it is the best way to check how your composition works, without immediately attacking your wall with a hammer is to trace and cut each frame to size. I have used carton boxes but you can also use colorful paper. Then, hang the cut pieces on the wall using washi tape and see if you like the final result. I didn’t.
I loved my arrangement when it was on the floor, however once I hung it the carton cut outs on the wall I realized some ‘frames’ are too high. The good thing is, if this happens, you are still on time to make adjustments without having wall full of wholes.
7. Heights – I guess there are no rules on how high the frames should be hung, it is important that when you stand in front of your gallery wall, you don’t have to look up or down, it is right at your eyes’ level. Also remember to leave minimum 5 cm distance between your frames.
I guess this is it!
So tell me, how do you like it? I am really excited to share it with you, also I promise to show more angles in the next studio update. The thing is, they are not ready yet, so we all have to wait a little bit more. You can view all the garden studio progress and posts related here, including the before photos.
Design, styling and photography : Agata Dimmich / Passion shake.