So, as promised, this post is all about those lovely copper frames which I shared with you in my last post. They now hang proudly on the wall behind the bed in our second bedroom as part of a mini gallery wall.
I do love a gallery wall. Each one is unique and personal to the homeowner and it’s a perfect way of ‘telling a story’ and adding interest to a space. Whether it’s big, small or somewhere in between, the possibilities are endless!
As for the artwork, don’t over-think the pieces involved. They should just be pieces which you love and have meaning to you; this could be a collection of your favourite artwork, inspirational quotes or family portraits. The most important thing is for your wall to represent you—your personality, your history, and the art you love most, that way, every time you look at it, it will make you smile and it will always be on trend!
If you’re considering a gallery wall of your own, before you start hanging your frames, take some time to think about the layout. I lay my entire collection on the bed first and arranged the frames so that the largest was in the centre as this will serve as a focal point. In the case of my gallery wall, the focal piece is a beaut!
The print is called ‘Rara Avis’ by the very talented illustrator and author – Emily Winfield Martin. On Emily’s Etsy shop, she has this to say about the piece which makes me love it even more…
“I’ve had this rare bird in my mind for a long time, and now she is here. How lovely to be covered in scrolling morning glory vine and pretty birds in blue, gold, green & scarlet.”
Her work is inspired by fairy tales, music, myths and illustration from the late 19th through mid 20th century. All of her work is beautiful but this particular piece really made me swoon. As soon as I saw her I knew I needed this melancholy, tattooed flapper girl in my life!
Anyway, back to the gallery, so after deciding on the main focal piece, I continued by arranging the rest of the frames around this main piece. I kept coming back to it every day or two, re-arranging and tweaking the layout until I was happy. I found it useful to take a few photos of the various arrangements so you can easily decide which you like best.
The other two pieces of artwork which I used are both by Kelli Murray, another amazingly talented illustrator and graphic designer whom I’ve admired for a while now. The Bunny + Bow print is a truly gorgeous piece.
Such a handsome fellow I think you’d agree…
…and the unicorn print is another example of whimsical illustration at its best.
With the complete layout decided, I then drew around each frame onto Kraft paper and stuck each piece up with masking tape initially; checking that the spacing was just right. It’s a boring step in the process but so important when it comes to getting the correct placement, for both in between each print and in relation to your ceiling, walls, and furniture (in my case, the curved bed frame which threw me off a couple of times!)
I hung each frame using Command strips which if you haven’t used before are an absolute lifesaver when it comes to hanging just about anything. The strips remove cleanly without leaving holes, marks or sticky residue which is perfect if you’re in rented accommodation but still want to personalise the space. It also means you don’t have to faff around nervously banging nails into the wall and hoping for the best. An added bonus is that they are now available in black which is ideal for hanging pictures with darker frames. I also raided Adam’s toolbox and used a spirit measure to make sure I hung everything up straight.
Well, there you are! I hope you like my mini gallery wall.
Have you ever hung a gallery wall or are thinking of doing so? I’d love to hear your thoughts!