Laying out your Art walls
Think about the largest surface area in your home - it's likely your walls. It's undeniable that wall decor is going to have an enormous impact on the ambiance and aesthetics of your home. There’s another reason your wall real estate should definitely be leveraged - It's hard to beat the rapport qualité prix of decorating your walls to liven up your space!
You may have moved recently and your place still feels a bit lifeless, or you may be in a rental and don't want to cause any damage. Decorating your walls is affordable, it can be built up over time, and it can be minimally invasive if you rent (a few holes in a wall are easy to patch up). This is your chance to give your home the personality you want it to have, with the kind of aesthetics you are attracted to The world is your oyster.
You’ve probably seen them everywhere - the gallery wall trend is old and universal. In fact my favorite one is from the 90s in my parent’s living room, with various Pakistani art and things collected over decades of travel.
A few tips to create that coveted gallery style wall, and build it over time :
Decide which wall, and how much space you want to cover. The layout can take any form, and can cover as much of the wall in question as you like. The wall can be white or coloured, though white or a neutral colour will be easier to manage!
Go for an organic layout rather than a grid, itll be much easier to add on to as your collection grows.
Pick a single main item - it should be large, and placed off-center. It will be easier to find and arrange other artworks around this. Your artworks can be a mix of paintings, prints, photos, posters…
A common colour scheme will help tie each piece together, but don't stick to that too strictly. You can also reference the other colours in your room (from furniture, moldings, fixtures etc)
If the “art” part of a gallery wall isn't quite your thing, think of other elements you could put up Mirrors, empty frames, baskets, plates either mixed together with the art or on their own, these can look spectacular in clusters or perfectly arranged in a grid.
An easy way out if you're not sure what form to give it, is to use slender shelves (the kind used for picture frames). This will let you change the arrangements as frequently as you wish!