Monday, 16 February 2015

CREATE // A Gallery Wall.


One of the things I really disliked about the new house we bought were the frames on the walls. They looked old fashioned, and I just didn't really see the point in having them there, until I realised that if I wanted to remove them it'd probably involve a lot of time, effort, plaster and paint. So they stayed. I filled the smaller one with a couple secondhand wall planters I found, and decided I wanted to create a gallery wall with prints and frames. Usually when I buy prints I just go straight in, attacking the wall with nails, which usually makes a bit of a mess, so this time I decided to plan it out a bit more, and here are my tips for creating an easy, stress free gallery wall!

Decide on the prints: This is the fun part, buying! I decided I wanted some from Society6, and added in a Lloyd Loves one; I knew I wanted mine to be relatively simple, all in a similar style of frame, but you can get really creative here. I see people attach things to the wall with washi tape, use banners, but it's really down to your personal style. Also, I thought I'd mention that you may be charges customs when ordering from Society6, as it is based in the US. Mine arrived about two weeks ago now and so far I haven't heard anything about any charges, but I know people who have been charged around £15-20 in customs when ordering a few prints.

Buy frames to match: Being american sizes, the Society 6 prints were a little harder to find for. I managed to find a couple in charity shops that fitted well, but you can probably see a little border in the largest print background. This was another charity shop find but I think it works quite well with the colours of the print. I found all mine for pennies secondhand, but great options for frames are IKEA, Asda or Ebay


Plan it out: I played around with composition before I decided on the first one I did, which is what usually happens with me. Just using the floor and rearranging each print to see what works out best will save any upset rather than heading straight to the wall with a hammer and nails.

Measure: This was a really important part for me as I was trying to get them in the centre of a wall frame, but if you have an open space it isn't crucial. Even with measuring all the frames and spaces I still managed to get them about an inch too far on the left, but it isn't hugely noticeable unless you stand studying it!

Masking tape is your friend: An easy way to make sure you absolutely get the frames in the right place is using masking tape. Create boxes in the same measurements as the frames so you can see the design on the wall before hammering any nails, and also so you get the composition completely right with good spaces inbetween each frame.

It is easy enough really, but with a little time and planning it'll turn out perfect and mistake free! What do you think of my wall?

PRINTS I BOUGHT:
1. Beckoning Seas / Caleb Troy, Society6.
2. Thunder Only Happens When It's Raining / Fleetwood Mac, Lloyd Loves.
3. Watermelon Sunset / Caleb Troy, Society6.
4. Pineapple / Basilique, Society6.



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27 comments

  1. Abby Smith10:22

    These are so lovely, I especially love the Beckoning Seas print, going to check out Society6 now! Such an inspiring post. xx

    Abby | Eärendil </a

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  2. This is just lovely and I want to put up some prints now. If only I had my own place I would and I need the pineapple print.

    Jackie | fashionxfairytale | bloglovin' |

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  3. Zoë13:50

    Definitely want one of these when I get my own place. A mixture of cool prints, gig and movie posters, and work from my boyfriend and best friend who are both artists.. Such a cool, personal way of decorating! I adore yours.


    www.zoewithumlauts.com

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  4. What a good idea to use masking tape when putting them up! We have had numerous wonky frames in the past so will definitely be using this tip in the future :)

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  5. It looks great - I love your decor x


    www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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  6. It takes a little extra time but it's definitely worth it, rather than having to go back and alter mistakes. :)

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  7. That sounds lovely! Thank you :)

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  8. Aaah, well someday you can do the same :)

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  9. Thanks Abby, glad you like it! I could browse through Society6 for hours.

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  10. I really want to do this! It looks great!

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  11. I really want to try this out, it looks lovely!


    www.georgiajade.com

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  12. I am completely in love with everything you do with your home! It all looks so amazing - you have great taste :)
    Aimey xo

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  13. I love gallery walls so much, and yours is no exception!

    nueyork.blogspot.com

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  14. LOVE the simplicity of yours and that pineapple print is amazing. I've seen so many different versions of gallery walls - I love how every single one is unique but still looks amazing :)

    Sarah | More Than Adored

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  15. Thanks for sharing.

    I love to hype also the look of my bedroom and will try these one :)

    XO

    http://thebandwagonchic.blogspot.ae/

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  16. It looks beautiful. Really inspiring!

    xx, Renaud | renaudew.blogspot.com

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  17. Thanks Sarah! I'm still not sure whether to add in a couple more tiny little frames, but I'm okay with how it looks right now.

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  18. Thank you, glad you like it :)

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  19. Thanks so much, Aimey! I'm glad everyone seems to be enjoying more interior posts.

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  20. Louise Brown20:11

    I'm loving all your home posts recently Catherine! I'm dying to have a gallery wall but rubbish rental properties aren't letting me so far!

    Louise x

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  21. Love your gallery wall! I think it makes the frame in the wall look much more modern. :)

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  22. Great post, love! The wall above my bed is depressingly empty, so I'm thinking a gallery wall would be perfect. :)

    xo Mandy | A Girl, Obsessed

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