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5 Gallery Wall Ideas

Art and Mirrors

If you’re into a more eclectic decor style, having a mix of framed art prints and mirrors in a gallery all is a great option. This look is perfect for a living room wall with lots of empty space and mismatched furniture. I recommend using vintage scrollwork framed mirrors to add some texture and visual interest.

Art all the same size

If your space is a little modern modern and minimalist, try going for a gallery wall of artwork in the same size. These simple and classic sets look great with a simple black or white frame and suit a hallway or stairwell.

Vintage art

For those of you who have vintage or maximalist spaces, I would recommend this option. For a more traditional room, use botanical prints, but for a more modern take, use framed vintage prints like a colourful Matisse work. Try to stagger the sizes but keep the artwork in a matching frame and or colour palette to keep the wall cohesive.

Framed art prints and posters

If you’ve spent any time on Pintrest lately, you have probably seen the gallery walls with mixed framed art and posters. These are a good option if you have a larger wall and need to fill in more space. Try to stagger the sizes of both the posters as well as your framed art prints. Since these gallery walls tend to be larger, practice the layout of your gallery wall on the floor before making holes in your walls to hang them up.

Art and plants

For any boho lover, mixing plants and art is a must. When mixing these, try to use air plants as they require little to no water, which will protect your artwork and walls. Another option is to use fake plants in pots with hooks to hang on the wall.
Vintage Prints Framed Gallery Wall

4 Minimalist Art Ideas

Abstracts

Between line art, shape and textural abstracts, these pieces are perfect for any modern space. These are great for either going neutral, or adding a pop of colour to your space. Abstract art prints are great larger, they can be a dramatic piece on white walls

Photography

Black and white photography is a great choice for minimalist rooms. These are also a great option for a gallery wall. I recommend sticking to a simple black frame to fit into a minimalist space.

Landscapes

Modern abstract landscapes art prints have been rising in popularity for a while. These beautiful neutral paintings are a great more traditional take on minimalist art. These pieces suit the space over a couch, a mantel or a modern console perfectly.

Modern Botanicals

These line and shape based pieces are a really unique option for a minimalist space. If your space is colourful, stick to a simple piece with line art leaves, but if your room needs some colour, a vibrant shape based botanical print is perfect.
Modern minimalist abstract in living room

4 Tips For Choosing Art

Colour

When choosing a colour palette, try to either have the art match the colour palette of the space, or use a totally opposite colour scheme to make it pop. When choosing colour, consider if you would like your art print to draw the eye or blend in harmoniously. Trending colour palettes are neutrals, greys and pastels, but feel free to experiment and have fun with colour!

Size

People tend to choose art that is too small for a wall. If you’re just hanging one or two pieces say over a couch, make sure they’re large enough to fill the space, 24”x36” and up. For a gallery wall or a smaller space, I recommend using 8”x10” to around 20”x28”, with maybe one larger piece at 24"x36". Remember when you’re hanging a large piece of framed artwork on a plaster wall to either hang from a wall stud or use wall plugs so the weight can be supported properly.

Frame

Similar to colour, consider if you would like the frame to blend into the artwork, or be a bold accent. I usually choose simple wood frames for my pieces, but vintage frames with scrollwork are making a big comeback with the rise of interior design styles like dark academia. For a clean minimalist look, go for a simple black wood frame, and for a more boho or Scandinavian look, use a maple or grey frame.

Style

Artwork is very subjective, everyone likes different styles. I can however recommend if your room is modern to use styles like abstracts or line art to compliment your room. If your space is traditional, you may prefer landscapes or photography. Take some time to browse Pinterest with relevant keywords to find art styles you may enjoy, such as searching “modern bedroom” or “Scandinavian living room”.

3 Neglected Art Areas in Your Home

Kitchen

This is a room that is often neglected design wise. Kitchens don’t have to just be  only functional, they can also be beautiful. When adding art to your kitchen it’s nice to add a pop of colour. I find since kitchens are mostly cabinets and appliances, they’re typically a simple and plain colour palette, so adding colour through art can draw the eye and create visual interest in an otherwise simple room. I would go for a bolder framed art print in a contrasting colour to your cabinets.

Bathroom

Please don’t add a cheesy word art sign in your bathroom (I know you’ve thought about it), there are so many more options out these. For bathrooms, I recommend going for a more neutral art print. Stick to neutrals, blues or pastels for a soothing colour palette. A great way to keep a cohesive palette is to match the frame or artwork to the room, for example either the counter or towels.

Laundry Room

Similar to the bathroom, laundry rooms are typically blue or white, a calming and simple colour palette. Some great art options for a laundry room would include a landscape, a floral or interesting vintage art print. Instead of a dramatic eye catching print or gallery wall, I would go for one or two simple large prints in a laundry room.
bathroom counter with framed art print on the wall

4 Tips for Updating Your Home Office

Comfy Chair

Having a comfy able chair in front of your desk won’t just help your back, it will also give your neck better support. People often neglect proper back support, which can lead to all sorts of issues down the line, so make sure to get an ergonomic chair.

Adjustable Desk or Computer

Standing desks are all the rage right now, but having a simple adjustable computer screen or stand for your laptop can really affect your posture. You can get a reasonably priced laptop stand off amazon or any number of online retailers, look for one with holes/slats to make sure that your laptop doesn’t overheat.

Art

Did you think I wouldn't take some time to talk about how art can affect your mood? Having a beautiful framed art print beside you can really inspire you, or simply create a more cohesive look to the space. Choose a poster or print that is neutral and calming, I recommend going for a neutral abstract or landscape, but a fun matisse print could also be a great choice.

Good Light

If you’re not blessed with huge windows in your home office, try to add a standing lamp or desk lamp to bring more light into your home office. It’s been proven that people are happier when their in brighter lit rooms.

3 Types of Cottagecore Art

You may be asking yourself what cottagecore is, well it’s an aesthetic based on slow/rural living in the countryside. Imagine a country cottage in England with a huge garden. There has been a huge boom in popularity with the younger generations in regards to this style, so I figured I would give you some tips to decorate your walls with this popular style. I see a lot of information online about clothing and general design ideas for this style, but not a lot of art print specific information, so here it goes:

Landscape

You can’t have cottagecore artwork without bringing up landscapes. The foundation of this aesthetic is rural life. I would recommend a more muted vintage style palette, stick with fields, and forests. I also recommend using a painting or print instead of a photograph, since there is a strong vintage look to this design style. These are a great option in terms of art for kitchens or living rooms.

Floral

Another easy way to add some cottagecore art to your room is florals. I see a lot of posters or simple floral prints in this interior design style. Vintage botanical posters, as well as simple floral paintings would also work perfectly in a cottagecore space. I recommend sticking to either gold vintage style frames or simple black frames for a slightly more modern take on this aesthetic.

Fantastical

This style is heavily influenced by the fantastical (think fairies), so having a fantasy themed poster or print would fit right in. You don’t have to add mushrooms and witches to make the art fantastical though, try to add a Desiree Feldmann art piece for a more modern take on a floral fantasy.

3 Ways to Bring A Spring Vibe Into Your Space

Fresh Cut Leaves/Flowers

Now this one may be obvious, but having fresh cut leaves or flowers can really make a space feel so much more seasonal. I recommend either buying a potted plant (daffodils and hyacinths) or grabbing some wildflowers from outside if you’re looking for a more sustainable and budget-friendly option. In terms of decorating, I suggest either placing the plants on your table, counter or in your bedroom, just put them somewhere you will be able to see and enjoy them often.

Art

In terms of spring themed art, I recommend Matisse posters or prints, you could also go with fun floral themed wall art. Stick to brighter pastels to bring some spring to your walls. For frames, stick to lighter options such as maple or white for a more seasonal look. Switching your gallery wall or wall art with the seasons is an incredibly easy way to add some colour and design to your space.

Linens

It’s time to put away those thick darker drapes and sheets and switch to whites or creams. For an even lighter room, switch out the curtains to a thinner cotton or linen instead of heavy dark colours. It’s amazing how much more light will enter the space, the lighter colour palette will also make the space seem bigger and cleaner.

5 Styles of Art that Will Always Be In Fashion

Photography

This art style is a great way to include a modern piece in your space, but keep it classic. Photography is also great for minimalists not looking for the painted look. Photography is a pretty broad category, ranging from macro to wide lens, you can find a piece that will suit any space.

Landscapes

There has been a rise in modern abstract landscapes in interior design. If you’re hunting for a more traditional look, a simple painted piece is great for a large wall. Landscapes are perfect for over the couch or fireplace.

Abstracts

You can either go for a dramatic pop of colour, or stick to a more subdued neutral palette. These pieces are the perfect accompaniment to a modern or minimalist space. I recommend going for a bigger piece instead of a small abstract, so it can create more texture and visual interest in a room.

Florals

Florals are another type of art that has been recently branching into a more modern interior design style. There are artists painting abstract florals that are great for a feminine element. These dramatic colour palettes are great if you’re looking for an eye catching piece.

Collage

No, I’m not talking about that cut up newspaper type of collage, but a modern take on this style. With photoshop and digital art programs now becoming so accessible, artists are creating beautiful digital collages that are bold and fresh. These pieces are great conversation starters, I would keep the sizing small to medium as these pieces tend to be visually quite busy.

5 Creative Places to Put Your Art

Living Room Console

If you’re someone that has trouble styling your console, try adding a medium sized print to it. This is a great way to either add, colour, pattern or a focal point to your console. Just make sure to balance it out by adding some other tall elements such as candles or dried plants.

Kitchen

A room in your house that is often neglected in terms of artwork. Kitchens are a great opportunity to add some playful art to be a conversation opener for guests. When hosting, people will often migrate into your kitchen and having a bold piece of art on the wall can really spark an interesting conversation.

Bedside Table

Instead of just having your phone, clock and a glass of water, why not add a small piece of art? Your bedside table is often the first thing you see in the morning, so I recommend adding a soothing print to start your day in a calm and happy mood. Try to stick to a neutral or blue colour palette to create that relaxing feeling.

Bathroom

Another room that tends to be forgotten in terms of artwork. Bathroom art pieces are usually soft and subtle. Stay far away from the tacky word art bathroom jokes and try to go for a modern abstract or interesting photography piece. Another great option is soft floral pieces (either monochromatic or watercolour). No matter what are you choose, please reader, for me, do not add a toilet themed cartoon print - no one wants to look at those.

Over the Mantel

All that brick or wood over your mantel can seem a bit boring, so try to add a large piece of artwork. I recommend a colour palette that either blends well with the fireplace, or go for a pop of colour that contrasts nicely. The most common over the mantel art I have seen are landscapes and abstracts as they're a nice neutral choice.
 

2021 Art Colour Trends

Well reader, these colours can be a little dramatic and intimidating, but no more so then when you called the doctor’s office hoping for their voicemail but instead got their grouchy secretary. Colour can be a way to bring life into a plain space, this year, let’s shake off those old 2020 feelings and add breathe some life into our spaces.

1. Aegean Teal

This bright and cheerful colour is great too add a pop of colour to a space. I recommend using artwork with this colour and keeping a white frame to make the piece stand out. You can find all kinds of artwork using this style ranging from florals and coastal paintings, all the way to bright and colourful modern art.

2. Ultimate Grey

A nice and neutral grey never fails. This colour is perfect for minimalists and neutral lovers alike. If you’re looking to keep a more subtle colour palette in your artwork, this one’s for you. Whether you prefer abstract artwork, or monochromatic landscapes, it’s easy to find grey art nowadays.

3. Lemon Yellow

This colour can be a little divisive in the interior design world, but personally, I find it cheerful and warm. This colour can be pound in abstracts, florals and bright landscapes. When using a bright colour, make sure to either keep this the only pop of colour ( a focal point in your space), or have several other yellow accessories to tie the piece of art into your room. For a dramatic colour, palette, use white, black and yellow for a modern and stunning effect.