One of the compromises Kane and I have about our home is technology. I’m given free rein of the house, basically, as long as he has his big tvs. And by big, I mean two 48 inchers, both in the downstairs of our home. So they’re kind of unavoidable.
I’d recently been thinking of how I can make the one in our living room blend in with the decor. And I came to the conclusion that what this room was missing, was a gallery wall. I have gallery walls in quite a few of the rooms in my house, but with the living room having a dado rail and frame mouldings on the walls, I’ve never really been able to create something that I loved.
Today I’m collaborating with Desenio, to give you the low-down on how I created a gallery wall around my television. They’re a massive brand amongst bloggers, with a huge amount of prints in so many styles. I love that you can buy the frames too, which takes the hassle out of buying art.
It can be a bit daunting to browse a website with so many products. I headed to the new in section, and narrowed it down by selecting some colours. My living room is white, with grey sofas, teak furniture with accents of blush pink and light wicker, so I chose colours similar to those.
I’m slightly obsessed with line drawings at the moment, and as I found one, two more popped up and had to be bought. Faces No.2 is the perfect shade of “millenial pink”, and ties in well with the Flower Trace No.2 print. I loved the look of the Line Flower No.2 print too, the grey background colour is really pretty.
Next, I tried to find different styles of prints but in similar colours to bring the gallery together. I try to bring a lot of the ‘outside in’ my home, so next I searched through the nature section. I love the Grass poster, it reminds me of pampas grass which I keep wanting to buy at the moment. The tones in the Forest in Fog poster are really lovely, and they pair in nicely with the Wall of Dahlias.
Finally, I added the Colour Blocks poster to my basket. I didn’t really plan out the frames, but I knew I wanted mostly oak with a couple black and white. When the prints arrived I laid everything out to see which prints looked better in which frame; I think it turned out pretty well!
Usually I go in with the hammer and nails with no planning, but was a bit more cautious this time. I did the famous trick of laying the prints out on the floor infront of the wall, and took my time to make sure they’d be going in the right spots. I knew I wanted an irregular shape, which works well having different sized prints.
If you want to put together a gallery wall, read my tips and tricks:
- Consider the space you’re filling. Desenio sell prints in lots of different sizes, so you buy as large or small as you need.
- Plan it out. I put together a little picture on good ol’ Paint, just to make sure the prints went well together. Desenio have a really helpful perfect pair feature on their website, or you can buy the entire gallery wall.
- Choose your colour scheme. I knew I wanted mostly neutral pictures with tones of pink, brown and grey. Equally, a bold, colourful gallery wall always looks amazing, or black and white is makes a big impact.
- Think of ways to make it unique. I’ve stuck with just prints on this occasion, but sometimes I like to add in little mirrors or macrame pieces.
- Pick a starting point. I knew I wanted to build it around my television, so I started my plan on the right which made it a lot easier.
What do you think of my gallery wall? Have you bought from Desenio?
*Sponsored by Desenio. All words and opinions are my own.