I’m finally getting rid of all those empty walls and working to get some wall art bought, framed and most importantly, on the walls. Here are some suggestions for how you can choose cool wall art for your home…
For so long, wall art has been so low down on the list of priorities for my flat. There’s always been other, bigger things to fix before now, like a hole in the ceiling or a fireplace so ugly it annoyed me every time I saw it. Now though, a tiny morsel of progress has been made. Nothing is anywhere near finished, but there are a few spaces at the stage where I can focus on the important job of making them look pretty. FINALLY. My focus has moved to the walls, all those vacant, empty walls that have been staring at me for the past three years. But how do you go about choosing wall art for your home?
Go for one statement piece of wall art
Creating a gallery wall is expensive, so for that reason I recommend getting one or two statement pieces that will tide you over until you can add other pieces. I recently ordered a huge XXL jungle wall tapestry that I’d been umming and ahhing over for ages (see below). I didn’t even really know exactly where it would go in the flat, but I knew it would create a statement wherever it was. It started off in the kitchen, then on the stairs, and then we ended up moving it to above our bed. I absolutely love it there – it completely transforms the space and creates a sense of atmosphere that wasn’t there before. So definitely hunt out that statement piece – whether that’s a neon wall sign or bespoke print.
How to create a gallery wall for your home
When it comes to the modern home, gallery walls are very much the thing to have. However, I’ve found that the best way to create a gallery wall is NOT to create a gallery wall – at least not in a hurry. I’ll explain: when I first started decorating my flat I wanted to it done really quickly, so I chose a bunch of cheap prints and convinced myself that if didn’t matter if I didn’t LOVE them as long as they all looked good collectively. Yeah… that didn’t really work out. Half of them never made it onto the walls and the ones that did are really just there until something better comes along. For me, the hardest part has definitely been not rushing and, instead, collecting prints that are a bit more meaningful over a period of time. So my biggest tip would be to take your time… but I totally appreciate how hard that can be.
Don’t feel like you have to hang everything
One of my favourite pieces in this Completely Devoted print by Soo-uk (above). I knew it had to go in the bathroom as it would look lush next the and charcoal hex tiles and grey walls – pretty much the only walls in the house at that time that weren’t white. I think it looks great casually propped up against the wall, and eventually I’ll layer it with another bigger piece behind it. Likewise, you don’t have to frame everything – a bit of washi tape used on smaller prints surrounding a larger piece looks cool and is less ‘done’ than a frame. Although maybe not in the bathroom unless you want it to unstick!
Find art that’s personal to you
There’s so much amazing wall art out there, and frequently I’ll see something on someone else’s Instagram account that looks gorgeous… but doesn’t really mean anything to me. There are lots of cute dancing-themed typography posters out there (this kitchen is for dancing, for example) but I don’t like dancing, so having one in my house would feel totally insincere. It sounds obvious but art is super personal and you have to make sure it really speaks to you, because otherwise what’s the point? My new obsession is Scottish artist Ross Muir, who repaints classics with a Scottish twist. His is the green ‘absolute belters’ painting in the main image and I absolutely adore it.
Use your art to create memories
I saw a story on Ed Sheeran recently where he said that each of his tattoos served as a memento of a particular moment in his life. I might not have any tattoos but I like to apply the same principle to my prints. One of my favourite pieces I have is a print from an Amy Winehouse exhibition in London that my sister and I went along to shortly after Amy tragically died. I bought a poster but it sat in my wardrobe for a good few years as I didn’t even have a flat at that time. Now though, every time I look at it I remember being there – and for someone with a terrible memory that’s a nice thing to have.
Where should you buy wall art?
As I’ve mentioned, art is super personal and should reflect your own personal tastes, but here are some of my favourite websites for buying art work for my home…
Gayle Mansfield – clean typography pieces with on-point slogans
Desenio – you know it! Affordable, contemporary art prints in a mix of styles
Soo-uk – minimalist typography pieces with a Scandi vibe
King and McGaw – the place for THOSE Andy Warhol quote prints
Ross Muir – classic paintings reimagined with a Scottish twist #squaregogh