Arranging artwork has to be my favourite way to accessorise a home. You get to create a focal point, a striking opportunity to add some colour and by far one of the best ways to really personalise your space. BUT I see it done so wrong time and time again so I thought this would be a great little opportunity to give you a five minute master class on how it should be done.
Credits from left; House by John Lewis Tiffany Lynch Birdy unframed print, £5. House by John Lewis picture frame in black, £18. Inalux Blossom 2 framed print, £150. Charlene Mullen Long Tree framed print, £75. Ellen Giggenbach Vision framed print, £95. Jill Ray, From The Cliff framed print, £70. Jacky al sammarraie forest perth framed print, £45. East Of India moon and back framed print, £20. Vitra sunburst clock in walnut , £249.
With my design mantra that more is more, this is my favourite way to hang a collection of art, where you gather together all your pictures and group them in one pleasing display. It makes a really strong focal point in a room which can help make a scheme look really together. One thing I really love about a gallery wall is the way it all can grow organically over time. You can switch pictures around and add and subtract. I hate to ever think a room is finished so this playful approach to design is what I really love to do. To get started I arrange all the pictures out onto the floor, and jig them around until I find a pleasing arrangement before popping them on the wall. A few tips on how to get a good layout.
This is a favourite with interior stylists as it gives a really lovely relaxed vibe. Again I like the impermanence of it so you can have fun switching it around later down the road. The key here is to prop pictures of different heights and and I think it works better if they are sightly layered and overlapped. Again I’d think of a colour story, which links them all together. Next you can create a nice arrangement of objects around it, to create different heights. A pile of heavy books in front or some nubs of blue tack will keep the pictures in position.
This is a very classic way of hanging pictures but I think again can create real impact. The trend for decorating in very dark colours means arrangements like this look particularly stunning. Precision is key with this one and its essential that you use a spirit level and measuring tape to form the perfect grid. As a rule of thumb I think around 5-8 cm gap looks good. Big point to make here is to hang your pictures nice and low! To often I see pictures too high up and it makes them look a little lost.
A large-scale piece of wall art or a mirror is a great way to create a focal point within a room scheme. I like to maximise the impact with a little symmetry so a pair of stunning lamps either side for example really enhances the statement. Again make sure you hang your mirror or artwork nice and low so it is close to the console table or sideboard. It then looks pleasing if you break up the shape with vases and ornaments. This is where I like to break the symmetry, because I like a more relaxed feel in my home.
I teamed up with John Lewis with this one, who invited me to select artwork from their online store to hang in my home. I was seriously impressed with the selection and everything I have used is an in stock item- so you can get hold of it pretty quick. And they offer free home delivery which I LOVE. So if your walls are looking decidedly under dressed, then you can remedy it now without further a do! #ad
Photographs by Alun Callnender