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FOR A SIMPLE MANTELPIECE
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
FOR AN ECLECTIC MANTELPIECE
- Begin with 1 or 2 pieces of art that add vertical height as staple pieces
- Avoid too much redundant white space by making sure the staple art you're choosing is large enough for the mantelpiece
- Next add square or rectangular wide pieces of art that's roughly half the vertical height of your staple piece
- Finally, go wild on smaller pieces (stick to odd numbers, 3 or 5) and maybe introduce a circular frame or object to soften the edges
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
FOR A TRADITIONAL MANTELPIECE
WHAT I WOULD BUY FOR THIS LOOK:
1. Use accessories from other rooms
2. Layer rugs you already own
3. Make use of furniture... even if it's not furniture :)
4. Eclectic means anything goes, so mix and match cushions or make new cushion covers for next to nothing
I'm on a mission to introduce you to some of the UK's cutest interior stockists. Whether you're an interior stylist, budding interior assistant or just love finding home decoration sites to spruce up your home, keep an eye on this feature.
I'm working hard to collect a little black book with a list of favourite shops, so that for ANY interior look you want to achieve, all that's needed is a glance through my little black book to know where you'll find the goods to create your dream rooms.
Last time I shared with you a brand with a lovely "sharing is caring" ethos.
This week let me introduce a brand I'm turning to, to populate my home with (fairly) affordable art from independent artists - authentic art.
Since moving into my own place, I've noticed that one of the trickiest parts of decoration, making a house a home, is finding affordable art that speaks to you. I despise art work that's mass-produced. Not in a poncey "art expert" kinda way. Not at all! It's more the thought of canvases sold in Primark that seem to people, to be the only affordable option for them - and everyone has the same! I hate that.
You'll see in my "How to create a gallery wall" post that I try to source art work that has deeper meaning other than just suiting a room. We have a very sweet quote I love, taken from Lord of the rings. Mine and Neil's fave film.
Whatever you choose to hang on your walls should be sentimental + meaningful to you. Whether it's a quote that inspires you, an illustration you love, or fond photographs and family memories.
That's why I wanted to share Artfinder with you.
It's like an Etsy for art work. It's a place that champions the talents of local artists from 97 different countries across the world, so you are sure to find something unique, affordable and meaningful to the places you've been to , lived in and love.
My family are all from the Emerald Isle and I've been wanting to bring in concepts of my celtic heritage to my home. I've been spending a lot of time on the Artfinder website to discover new and emerging Irish artists, and scenes from Sligo + Mayo, where we spent many a family holiday, and have found some stunning paintings in different colour schemes available for me to get hold of. The above is a painting by Lesley Birch and I've pulled in colours and fabrics to fit how I'd scheme the room around it. I'd use Sligo Oatmeal fabric from Ulster Weavers (I love the herringbone, tartan, celtic feel) to complement the look.
Artfinder also have a whole array of Brighton artists (this city has a huge art scene I was surprised at a simple search flagging up over 10 pages, whereas Ireland had much fewer!) . Tania Rutland is one to watch for moody and atmospheric works, but there are lots of sketchy illustrative styles for a more modern look too.
I urge you to have a look around the Artfinder website for places that mean a lot to you. You'll be pleasantly surprised at the art work you'll find from even the most remote places.
What sort of art do you love inside your home? Are you on the market for things to hang on your walls?
If you saw my bedroom makeover post, you'll have seen that I've created a mini gallery wall in the centre of one of our alcoves. It was originally so dull, check out the before shots and you'll see. I needed a way to personalise the space, fast as I'm really impatient when it comes to decorating, and this totally worked and came in way under budget.
I wanted to share with you how simple it is to design something like this. You don't need to be a design guru, you don't need loads of money, and you don't necessarily need to be that handy either. If you can knock a nail into a wall, creating a gallery wall is so doable, and it's a great way to see a room come to life, fast.
How did I do it? It required minimal amount of planning, which I'll talk you through now.
1. Decide where you want a gallery wall feature in your home
Before I did anything else, I had a think about where a gallery wall would look best in my home. I actually chose several places, but I've began by doing this one mini-gallery to get the ball rolling. Spaces that work particularly well are:
- Above sofas, anchoring a large piece of furniture drawing the eye up
- Trickling up stair ways, making use of redundant hallway space for a homely feel
- Above console tables or chests of drawers, to balance a look.
2. Choose a colour scheme for either the frames or the artwork you're planning to hang
So many "How to create a gallery wall" guides forget to mention this crucial factor. If you want a cohesive look, you need to consider the colours that will occupy the space.
Take my gallery wall for example. Our bedroom colour scheme is greys, whites and violet shades. I wanted a clean look as opposed to an eclectic vibe, so chose plain white frames to sit on our freshly painted grey wall (Valspar, Summer Grey in case you were wondering).
Think about what your gallery wall is sitting above. If it's large pieces of brown furniture, like a console or a Chesterfield sofa, how can you tie in warm shades for a cohesive look? This could be achieved by mixing and matching gold antique frames or opting for brown frames mixed with several white frames.
3. Measure the wall area of space you're working with and calculate the number of frames you might need (you can be sloppy with this, anything goes)
Once you've decided on a colour scheme for the frames, think about how many frames you'll need for it to look balanced. If it's a small space like mine, limit yourself to 3 or 4 or do the whole wall. If it's a larger space above a wide piece of furniture, measure the width and height you want your gallery wall to stretch across and make a note of this when you're looking for frames and art. Note, you can always start with 4 pieces and collect art work through the years and also note, that you don't have to have a gallery wall EXACTLY symmetrical. Part of the charm is misplacing objects and frames to form a collection.
4. Next, the fun part, choose art / photos you love... and strongly consider any contrasting shapes you can add too
A few things to consider when you're populating your gallery wall:
- what sort of art work will look good with your space? Abstract art suits modern looks, traditional pieces work well in period properties or on textured walls like brick.
- is there any art work I currently own that would look good framed? If you have children, give them a pot of paint in an accent colour that works and ask them to finger paint a simple pattern for you to frame. Is there a CD cover you love that would look cool in a teeny frame? Be inventive and you'll save yourself lots of money when sourcing art work.
- am I choosing art that fits within my colour scheme? Choosing shades that work together or accent colours that pop in several of the images you choose will all contribute to a more cohesive end result. Yellows or navy blues work particularly well as accent shades in gallery walls.
- what can I add that will bring a different shape aside from square/rectangle frames? Stag heads and taxidermy are your best friend here. I saw a gorge white stag head that I want to buy for when I expand and design the whole wall as a gallery corner. You could also opt for mirrors, clocks or round frames to switch up the designs.
- order any art you're buying online (I'd highly recommend Old English Prints where I got my images from, also Artfinder have some unique budget friendly designs) and when it all arrives, put it together on the floor to see how it looks. Send anything back that doesn't work, and keep whatever does. Don't settle for things you don't love. You'll be looking at this for years to come.
5. Source frames on the cheap
You simply NEED to get down to your local charity shop and pic up every reasonably priced frame you can find. Who cares about the print inside them, this will all be changed.
Look for intricate detailing, play around with spray paints and chalk paints for more rustic looks. You don't have to buy everything brand new, it will cost you a fortune.
Alternatively, if like me you're going for a minimalist frame look, get on Amazon or Ikea. Simple white frames start at about £2.50+
Once you've framed all your art, it's time to get hanging.
6. Create a template to play around with frame layouts (without damaging your walls)
I suggest using cardboard to cut exactly around every single one of your frames or objects you're hanging, making a small hole where the nail or hook needs to be. For any fancy shapes you're adding, like my art deco mirror, cut roughly around the shape so you can get a feel for the space it will take up.
Using white tack (NOT masking tape, it can pull off painted surfaces) pin up and play around with layouts. You're aiming to create balance whilst fitting all of your frames into the space evenly.
Take your time with this and try out all different options. If you need help there are plenty of preset layouts you can copy on pinterest. Check out my wall art board for more inspiration and templates you can follow.
7. Once you know where everything's going, use your template to start hanging
Using the small holes you made earlier as a guide, take a suitable nail and hammer through the cardboard in the exact spot. Always ensure you've checked for cables behind the wall you're hammering with a handy detector first. We bought one from Homebase (they're fairly cheap and you'll use it in every home you own).
8. Remove the cardboard templates, hang each frame in place and voile!
Your new gallery wall is ready for you to style, photograph and share with family and friends on facebook or whatsapp! Tell the world about your simple interior creations.