Considering how to choose artwork for your home, whether you’re renting or living there for the next twenty years, can be a daunting task. A question that was sent to me on Instagram recently was, where do I start when picking out prints and creating gallery walls? The choice can often be overwhelming, so I thought I’d break it down into a couple of easy-to-follow points that I like to follow.
How much space do you have to fill?
Take a look at the area you would like to fill and work out whether one big print might look good, or six smaller prints, perhaps, could be more effective.
Pinterest has a host of gallery wall ideas (check out my Gallery Wall Inspiration board), but I’d say rely on your eye more than anything. A large wall like I’ve got here can carry off a number of prints, but a smaller space will work better with one or two larger pieces.
I knew for my living room, I wanted neutrals with a hint of pink to work with the rest of the deco. Decide whether you’ll like to make an impact or blend in with the rest of your scheme.
However for my office makeover, for example, I wanted to add a bright injection of colour in the corner to work with the turquoise armchair I’d bought. But for this more calming space, I wanted it to feel relaxed and warming, hence to more muted tones.
Black and white prints always look timeless, whereas bold injections of colour can create a real focal point in the room. Decide on how you want the room to feel – relaxing, vibrant, light and airy – and work your colour palette around that.
Pick out prints that grab your attention
When I’m searching for artwork, more often than not my first port of call will be Desenio (where the majority of my prints throughout my apartment are from). I will either head to the New In section or straight to my chosen colour category (the site is broken down into city/nature/black and white/typography etc which makes it much easier to search through) where I can tick the preference of what I’m searching for.
On this occasion, once I’d ticked pink and neutrals, I was able to see which prints caught my attention and save them to my basket – knowing I could back once I’d searched the whole site and narrow down my absolute favourites. Plus, this way you can see your prints all in one place to figure if they work cohesively.
Use the Desenio Gallery Wall Guide
I think one of the biggest plus points of Desenio is that it has so many gallery wall ideas and snippets of inspiration. Save time and the overwhelm of searching through the vast selection by heading to the “Perfect Pair” tab in the navigation bar and see which collection sparks your interest.
It’s as easy as clicking “buy gallery wall” and the correct sized prints, and their respective frames, are added to your basket instantly. I did this recently for an interior design client who was struggling to decide how to hang her artwork – what a time-saver it was, and she absolutely loved the outcome.
I knew I wanted to utilise the space that I had on this large expanse of wall in my living room, so instead of going for large prints in a row (like my dining area), I wanted something a little more symmetrical.
I chose the following 30 x 40cm prints and framed them with the Ikea Ribba 40 x 50 white wooden frames.
I hope you enjoyed this post on how to choose artwork for your home. If any of these prints have caught your eye, or you’re looking to give a room a quick update with some new artwork, I have a 25% discount code to use from November 27th to November 29th *except for frames and handpicked/collaboration posters. Just add 25APTNO4 at the checkout.
I received a voucher from Desenio to put towards the purchase of these prints. Thank you for supporting the brands that help the growth of Apartment Number 4.