One of my favourite creative hobbies at home is to decorate walls.
It’s interesting to see how trends in decorating walls change over time. I have created quite a few gallery walls in my home previously, from the grouped small sized art prints of my workspace, to the lone oversized art print in my living room.
This season, I’m predicting the grouping of mid sized (50x70cm) art prints, to create a larger but visually cohesive piece.
I was so pleased to have found Desenio, my new definitive destination for cool Scandinavian art posters online. When trying to create a visually cohesive look, the art prints should have a common theme or colours that compliment one another. I have decided to decorate the wall above the fireplace in my daughter’s room. I wanted something that was visually calming, yet inspirational.
I was so pleased to have found these abstract and hand lettered prints.
I love marble fluidity effect of the abstract prints above, Gold Stream (top right) and Green Fusion (bottom left).
What do you think?
I decided on gold frames to give the wall a girly glamour effect.
They also match the gold decor on the fireplace well.
I decided to keep the mantelpiece simple as I didn’t want to distract the eye from the prints. Once a theme has been created, you can mix and match prints. Here, I have replaced one of the aqua coloured prints with a pink abstract one. Pinks, blues and gold go very well together. I’ve decided to create a warm pink gallery wall here. What do you think? It’s great how a grouping of art work can be mixed and matched to create different emotions isn’t it? It’s all down to being consistent with the artwork selected, once a theme has been decided on.
In addition to interchanging the art prints, you can move them around the house and display in different combinations on different walls.
I thought I’d let you in on my secret on how I do this, without creating holes from nails on the wall. I used 3M Command picture hanging strips.
Here’s the step by step guide on how to use the strips to put up the gallery wall:
Image 1+2 : Separate the strips. You could stick the first set of the strips to the backs of the frame by removing the green liners, then press a new set of strips on top of those strips already stuck on the frame till they ‘click’ together.
Image 3 : Remove the remaining green liners and press the frame onto the wall. Press each side of the frame firmly against the wall for at least 30 seconds.
Image 4 : To ensure the adhesive will hold, remove the frame by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame from the bottom first in a gentle away and upwards motion. Do not pull the frame at all corners straight off.
Press the entire strips that have remained on the wall for at least another 30 seconds and leave on the wall for at least 1 hour before reattaching the frame.
Image 5+6 : Removal of the strips.
After removing the frame ( remember to remove by grabbing the bottom corners and peeling the frame up and away from the wall rather than pulling straight off), you can then remove the strips.
Never pull the strips towards you or peel from the wall. Always pull straight down, keeping your hand against the wall as you go, pull as slow as you can, like in the image above.
Keep stretching up to 15 inches and the strip will just naturally pop off. The last image shows you what is happening behind the strip. The wonderful thing about the framed art posters from Desenio is that the plexiglass it is made with, is very light. This makes hanging up with wall strips easy.
As the prints are so portable, they can even be placed on surfaces, leaning against the wall. With the plexiglass, there is no need to worry about glass shattering. Here is a little workspace styling in blue, gold and pink. Hope you have enjoyed this post. Do check out Desenio’s wide range of art prints. They are affordable, cool and there is definitely something there for everyone.
Incidentally, you can win all these prints that I have shown here by entering my Instagram giveaway coming later today. Good luck. – the giveaway has now ended and winner has been announced on instagram. Thanks to all who entered.
( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a collaborative post with Desenio. All opinions are my own).